Marleine Bastien, a licensed clinical social worker and graduate of Miami-Dade Community College and Florida International University, is the founder and Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian women of Miami), an important group that has provided desperately needed assistance not only to Haitian women and their families, but to the community at large. She is the Chair of the Florida Immigration coalition and Vice-Chair of the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition. Under Bastien’s leadership, FANM has showed a unique ability to provide an array of social services while also organizing around issues such as immigration, housing, health access, education reform, gender equality, and human rights. Bastien formed the Justice Coalition for the Haitian Children of Guantanamo to advocate for unaccompanied minors; she is also a founding member of a myriad of community organizations, including : The Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, the Haitian Neighborhood Center (Sant La), the Florida Immigrant Coalition, among others. Bastien is the recipient of many awards including: Women of the Year Award by Ms. Magazine (2001), Leadership for a Changing World Award by the Ford Foundation (2002) and most recently, the 2013 U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Award from the U.S. Human Rights Network. In October 2015, Marleine received the “Stanley Milledge Lifetime Achievement Award” from the ACLU.
FANM/Haitian Women of Miami