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A Hero for Haiti: Jean-Michel Voltaire ’03

Jean-Michel Voltaire ’03 is a middle-class family man with a home in suburban Washington, D.C., and a job as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. Life is good: life is secure. But it was not always so.

Voltaire arrived in the United States in 1994 seeking political asylum from the violent chaos of his homeland, Haiti. He was 18 years old, penniless, jobless, a speaker of Haitian Creole and French, but unable to navigate English.

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