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A Haitian-American teenager who convinces her teacher to have a “home exchange” program is at the center of a new Disney Channel short film called “Exchange.”

Disney Channel rolled out 12 short films this month that can be streamed on YouTube and Disney platforms.

Haitian-Jamaican actress, writer and producer  Daheli Hall  created "Exchange," and it’s a film that will definitely resonate in South Florida--which probably shouldn't be a surprise since Hall is a Miami native.

Amanda Rabines

The Florida Department of Health releases new information on Zika everyday, but some leaders in the Haitian community in Miami-Dade say the outreach isn't reaching everyone.

Dr. Smith Joseph, Mayor of North Miami, has a medical practice in the city. He says when it comes to Zika, some of the Haitian community in Miami Dade is in the dark. 

"There's nothing that has been targeted to the Haitian population in Miami Dade County," Joseph said. 

Dr. Joseph participates in Creole language radio programs, where he answers questions about Zika.

Collier County Public Schools

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges Collier County Public Schools are refusing to enroll immigrant students, a violation of federal and state law. Instead, the complaint says, 16- and 17-year-olds from Haiti and Guatemala have been steered to English-only adult-education classes.

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A Florida-based medical staffing company must pay a fine of more than $100,000 for posting an ad in New York that specified “no Haitians ” should apply.

Interim Healthcare, which has its corporate office in Sunrise, offers healthcare services across the country through 300 different franchises. 

The ad appeared in a local Pennysaver in Rockland County, New York.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneidman investigated the ad posting and found the discriminatory language was a violation of civil rights laws.

David Carlucci via Twitter

A Florida-based health care company is apologizing to the Haitian community after it posted what many are calling a discriminatory job ad in New York.

Interim Healthcare, which has its corporate office in Sunrise, offers health care services across the country through 300 different franchises. 

In an Oct. 15 ad looking for female nurses in Rockland County, N.Y., it explicitly states “no Haitians" should apply.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Haitian-rights activists rallied in Little Haiti Thursday morning to decry a Dominican Republic court ruling that strips thousands born in the Dominican Republic of their citizenship.

In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court passed a ruling retroactively denying citizenship to anyone born after 1929 who doesn’t have one parent of Dominican blood.  

After public outcry and pressure from the international community, the Dominican Republic passed new legislation allowing people with Dominican birth certificates to regain their citizenship.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Monsignor Augustin Almy was in Haiti five years ago when the earthquake hit. When the country’s Catholic Church fell apart along with most of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010.

Almy, a priest at St. James Catholic Church in North Miami, was visiting Haiti for his mother’s 100th birthday.

He was in his room at the Port-au-Prince seminary where he worked for years before moving to South Florida.

“I see the house shaking,” he said.

It was 4:53 pm.

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