Aud M. L. Secard was born in Haiti and moved to Chicago in 1977. In 1991, she became the first Haitian woman to own her own boutique through the Ford Foundation economic development grants. Fifi’s Boutique catered to the desires and homesickness of the Haitian immigrant community, a community that Secard has been deeply committed to serving since arriving in the U.S. In 1982, she joined the Haitian American Benevolent Association to help newly arrived Haitian immigrants buy homes and become economically viable and she also worked as a mentor and guide to young Haitian and Haitian-American children. She also helped found the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition which was instrumental in passing the Haitian Immigration Fairness Act. And she worked as a liaison with FL Police Department to curb anti-Haitian profiling and harassment of Haitian women.
She has also been a critical force in local and national politics in support of Haitian American rights, particularly Haitian American women and children. In 1994, she interned with Congresswoman Meeks working on both immigration and women’s issues. A few years earlier she founded and was president of Women Alliance of Miami-Dade & Broward. The Women’s Alliance focused on the rights of Haitian immigrant women and children, with a particular focus on health issues. She also published an award winning essay about edler women’s access to health care and how elder Haitian women immigrants are among the highest groups being ignored in the Fl health system.
Thus her work draws attention to women and girls across the age range in the hopes of supporting Haitian and Haitian American women’s rights and supporting the Haitian diasporic community. She has received numerous awards for her work with women as well, including from: The Commission on the Status of Women in Miami, County Commission on Immigration Advocacy, the Haitian Organization of Women, etc. As well as winning the Women of Impact Award and the Women of Distinction Award.
She is currently working to raise awareness about the health and safety needs of women and girls in the Haitian crisis and advocating for new immigrants displaced by the earthquake.