Yolaine Marie Adrien breaks down sobbing as she discusses the Haitian earthquake, which robbed her of her brothers’ and sisters’ lives, her house, her life in Haiti.

The 32-year-old Port-au-Prince woman, who worked in a printer’s office, was visiting her aunt in Miami when the disaster struck. Her two children and mother are safe in Haiti.

But Adrien, like thousands of other Haitians, is happy about one thing these days — that the Obama administration has agreed to temporary protected status for Haitians living in the United States. Adrien ventured to the Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood last month to get free help filling out the forms needed to get permission to stay in the U.S.

Application for temporary protected status

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