New Book Details Legal Fight to Free Incarcerated Haitain Boat People

In 1991, a military coup overthrew Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Many of his supporters, fearing for their lives, fled the island nation by boat. Thousands were picked up by the United States Coast Guard and held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Many were returned to Haiti to face an uncertain future. Several hundred men, women and children at Guantanamo who tested positive for HIV were left in limbo — they wouldn’t be returned to Haiti, but the administration of president George H.W. Bush didn’t want to let them into the United States either. A group of Yale law students asked their professor Harold Koh to help them file a lawsuit to free the Haitian refugees held at Guantanamo. Brandt Goldstein details this case in his book Storming the Court. (Click for more info.) Goldstein talks today, Tuesday, at 2 in Thompson Hall here at UMass and tonight, at 6, at Food for Thought Books in downtown Amherst.