Haitian Police Officer and Accomplice Arrested and Awaiting Trial for Rape of 15 Year-Old Girl.
In October, a mother and her fifteen year-old daughter came to our grassroots partner, KOFAVIV, to report that the girl was raped by two men, including a Haitian National Police officer. This was yet one more rape in an epidemic of rapes since Haiti’s earthquake. Almost all of these rapes had gone unpunished. But thanks to our supporters, we were able to mount a response through our Rape Accountability and Protection Project (RAPP).
For most rape victims in Haiti, the BAI is the only place they can go for free legal services and organizing help.
Fabiola, a paralegal with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), took the child to the hospital, to get treatment but to also obtain a medical certificate that can be used in court.
Esther, a Haitian woman attorney at the BAI, helped her file a complaint, and pushed the police to pursue the suspects. Both were arrested and are now awaiting trial.
These cases are not just providing justice for individual victims, they are making the courts accessible to all poor women.
“With every arrest of a perpetrator and every case we bring before Haitian courts, we educate law enforcement and the courts about their duties and create a better-functioning system that respects and enforces the most basic rights of women and girls,” says Annie Gell, Columbia Law School graduate and Lawyers Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Fellow at the BAI.