Bookmanlit joins the world community in mourning the loss of Sonia Pierre, a great champion of human rights who struggled to obtain justice for the people of her community. Ms. Pierre worked tirelessly to help protect the rights of families who worked in the bateys of the Dominican Republic. She died on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 of a heart attack in her hometown of AltaGracia in DR. She is survived by her children, Carlos, Umberto, and Manuela Solaine. Join us on Facebook in remembering Sonia and continuing her legacy of advocating to have authorities in the Dominican Republic recognize and respect the rights of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry.
"A common theme running through the stories of many of the women was the need to contribute to the revitalization of Haiti. The trade fair provided them with the opportunity to display their creativity and to raise the funds needed to sustain themselves and their communities back home."