Sonia Pierre and the Struggle for Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

A conversation with Miriam Neptune, Manuela Pierre, Ninaj Raoul, Monisha Bajaj
Thursday, December 6, 2012
6:30 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

Sonia Pierre

Sonia Pierre (1963-2011) mobilized communities in the Dominican Republic to advocate for citizenship and human rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent. This panel highlights the activism of young women who are moving forward with Pierre’s work, and addresses the question of how international pressure affects efforts by marginalized groups demanding recognition. Moderated by Miriam Neptune, director of Birthright Crisis, a documentary depicting the cycle of deportation and violence faced by Dominicans of Haitian descent, this conversation includes Sonia Pierre’s daughter, Manuela Pierre, founder of Grupo Afrodescientes; Ninaj Raoul, executive director of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees; and Monisha Bajaj, professor of international and transcultural studies at Teachers College. Co-sponsored by Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees.

This event is co-sponsored by Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and The Barnard Center for Research on Women.  For more information, visit

Dec. 6, 2012 - 6:30 PM