The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) held its installation ceremony to celebrate its 10th anniversary, as well as inducting the new board members and executive committee for 2023-2024.
The inaugural celebration took place on Thursday, Feb. 02, 2023, at Evercore located at 55 East 52nd St., New York, NY 10055. Each newly elected member was sworn in and vowed to serve their community with dignity and to the best of their abilities.
The new elected or chosen members are as follows: President: Madjeen Garcon-Bonneau; President Elect: Sandra Dieudonne, Vice President of Membership: Sadie Hyppolite, Vice President of Fundraising and Scholarship: Eunchy Desir,
Treasurer: Bianca Prosper, Corresponding Secretary: Aisha Prudent, Recording Secretary: Aisha Prudent, Board of Directors: Rodney Pepe Souvenir, Stephanie Delia, Katherine V. Charles, and Sheryl Montour.
According to President Garcon-Bonneau, “The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit professional organization founded to promote and encourage Haitian Americans and other ethnic minorities in the judicial and legal system. It comprises attorneys, judges, scholars and activists who are passionate and interested in issues that pertain to Haitian-Americans and the Haitian diaspora.”
“Since its inception in 2013, HALANY has stepped in to provide valuable legal services for the Haitian community. Its services include assisting TPS recipients with their renewal applications, and helping underserved neighborhoods,” said Garcon-Bonneau.
The celebration highlighted the accomplishments of Haitian Americans living in the diaspora who are making a difference on the ground. The newly elected members are essential to the community’s needs. Currently an influx of Haitian migrants is occurring in the United States.
Thus, now more than ever, these new members services are needed. The HALANY’s team expressed its special thanks to Taste Buds Required run by Martine for providing the delicious Haitian food. Alexi Thomas, vice president of Legal and Compliance at Evercore hosted the event.