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Haitian interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph speaking in a news conference on July 16 in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Valeire Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph told the Washington Post on Monday that he will step down from the role, which had seen him serve as de facto leader of Haiti in the wake of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination earlier this month.

Why it matters: Joseph's decision to step down, which he said was “for the good of the nation," may resolve the leadership crisis set off by Moïse's death.

  • Joseph will be succeeded by Ariel Henry, who was appointed as prime minister by Moïse two days before his assassination.
  • Joseph previously claimed that Henry, who is backed by the international community, did not have the right to act as interim leader because he had not yet been sworn into the job when Moïse was killed.

What they're saying: "Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle, or in any kind of power grab,” Joseph told the Post's Anthony Faiola. "The president was a friend to me. I am just interested in seeing justice for him."

The big picture: Joseph's decision to step down comes after the Core Group, an informal bloc of diplomats that includes representatives of the U.S., called on Henry to "continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government" — appearing to withdraw its support for Joseph.

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Senate Dems express "outrage over the cruel treatment" of Haitian migrants

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) along with 15 other senators sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week denouncing the U.S. treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers at the border.

State of play: The senators called on the Biden administration to appoint a new special envoy for Haiti and work with international partners to secure protections for Haitian migrants, as well as solutions for "long-term stability of Haiti."

Updated Oct 14, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on equal opportunity in education

On October 14th, Axios race and justice reporter Russ Contreras discussed how education systems are preparing their students for equal opportunity and sustained success in life after school, featuring Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández demonstrated how the federal government can aid states in addressing education inequalities, the difficulties of recruiting teachers in rural areas, and her focus on alleviating poverty to give children better educational opportunities.

  • On the importance of hiring teachers who can relate to students on a community and cultural level: “We need to make sure that we are training teachers that come from the community that reflect the children that they are teaching, because then that’s where the aspiration starts.”
  • On improving infrastructure to support greater broadband access: “Creating that infrastructure in those communities so there’s good broadband, so they can stay connected to the world, so they can assign subjects and projects that require that students plug into the internet and gather information. That’s the broadband work that we need to do.”

Joseph I. Castro discussed how a counselor at a college fair opened up his eyes to educational opportunity, how student services play a central role in education equity, and how public universities are working to eliminate inequities for students.

  • On investing in student services: “I believe that we need to invest in our students. They are the next generation of leaders. In order for us to support them, we of course need to have extraordinary faculty members in the classroom...and we need to make sure that they have food and housing, access to technology, all the tools necessary to be successful.”
  • On California State University’s plans for an Equity Innovation Hub: “It will be a place where Hispanic serving institutions, like 21 of our Cal State campuses, as well as hundreds across the country, will be able to work together to serve students from Latino and other backgrounds and help prepare them for STEM fields.”

Axios Chief People Officer Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with Bank of America president of Business Banking Raul Anaya and Eduardo Díaz, Smithsonian Latino Center director and interim director of the National Museum of the American Latino. They discussed how race and racism have shaped the history of the U.S., and how these effects are still being felt in the Latino community.

  • Eduardo Díaz on the influence behind Smithsonian’s recent program “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past”: “With the murder of George Floyd, it was cathartic, it brought to bear a lot of underlying historical aspects of the way race and racism has shaped this country’s history and culture, and I think it was a pivotal moment when the Smithsonian needed to do something and step forward to address it…”
41 mins ago - Technology

New skill for Olympic athletes: cybersecurity

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

When Olympic athletes from all over the world land in Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Games, they'll be loaded up with burner phones and will likely leave their own devices behind.

Why it matters: Athletes are headed to the Beijing Olympics with mixed guidance from their home countries about whether their personal information will be safe online and their devices will be secure.