Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

2012 ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ speaking April 22 at NIU

At Northern Illinois University, CNN Hero of the Year Malya Villard-Appolon will address combating sexual violence in Haiti.


Regency Room, Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University
600 Lucinda Ave
DeKalb, IL 60115


April 22, 2014 at noon


This event is the third in the NIU Anthropology Museum’sReconstructing Haiti: Current Conditions, Lessons Learned and the Future Speaker Series. The Anthropology Museum will host Malya Villard-Appollon, the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year and co-founder of KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims). KOFAVIV is a grassroots organization in Haiti that provides women with physical and legal support in an effort to combat sexual violence.

Malya will speak about her advocacy work and how it has taken her to the courtroom, IDP camps, police officers, the UN base, and around the world to testify before the UN Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. State Department, and the IAHRC.  This event coincides with the museum’s current exhibit, Fragments: Haiti Four Years After the Earthquake.  For more information, please log on to the museum’s website at

 The event will be livestreamed here:


Click HERE for more info on Malya.

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