Mercetaine's journey began in Haiti in 1991 when she boarded a boat bound for Florida. "Never, never, never say you can't do it. I learned that at African Services."
Mercetaine’s journey began in 1991 when she landed in Florida after four days at sea. She boarded a boat from Haiti just before the election of President Jean Bertrand Aristede. A year later, the infamous military coup set an international refugee crisis in motion. Nearly three-quarters of the 40,000 people who fled were eventually returned to Haiti.
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