More than twenty years after the Armenian Genocide, two months before the Japanese Rape of Nanking and a few years before the Holocaust, the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in October 1937 ordered the killings of an estimated 15,000 ethnic Haitian men, women and children in the Dominican Republic. None of the perpetrators were ever brought to justice and the genocide sparked a racist anti-Haitian ideological campaign to secure the Dominican border and portray Haitians as historic enemies and invaders. In this ninety-minute presentation, Edward Paulino will examine how this genocide developed and how it failed to sever historic border ties between Dominicans and Haitians.
He will also examine the connections between the 1937 genocide and the 168–13 Constitutional Tribunal ruling in 2013 that retroactively stripped the citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Paulino also explores how the Dominican diaspora in the United States, particularly in New York State, has been instrumental in forging a transnational social justice movement that links the struggles of US Dreamers with those of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.