Media Contact: Kassandra Timothe, Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893-6511, ext. 12106


North Miami, FL – 9/27/2016

North Miami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph, will hold a press conference regarding the recent decision by the Obama administration to repatriate thousands of Haitians currently living in the United States. This measure has sparked an uproar in the Haitian communities around the world. The United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary will begin with removals citing Haiti’s improving conditions. As Mayor of North Miami, one of the largest Haitian communities in the state of Florida, Mayor Smith Joseph calls on members of the community to reach out to their respective senators and representatives to demand action and reverse this horrific decision.  Haiti is not stable enough to absorb an influx of Haitian deportees.   

What:             Press Conference     
When:            Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.   
Where:           City Hall, 2nd Floor, 776 NE 125 ST                         North Miami, FL 33161   

For more information, contact the Office of Mayor and Council at 305-895-9815.       


Dr. Smith Joseph is a licensed practicing physician and has managed a successful medical practice in the city of North Miami for the past 14 years, in addition to being the Mayor of the city of North Miami.  Dr. Joseph’s leadership prowess has been in providing community service and opportunity for his constituents.  He provides annual free clinics to the elderly, internship opportunities to the youth, and serves on several boards in North Miami while managing his medical clinic, Universal Medical Centre.  Dr. Joseph organized and led a march for Trayvon Martin in Miami-Dade County in March 2012, organized an earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010 and has participated in multiple medical missions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.   

Dr. Joseph speaks 4 (four) languages fluently: English, French, Spanish and Creole.  He earned his associate degree from Miami Dade College and later earned a doctorate in pharmacy from FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University). Dr. Joseph is a proud Rattler.  Thereafter, Dr. Joseph earned a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital/Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Joseph has received many awards and distinguished recognition, including being inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame in 2009, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
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