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August 19, 2016 Joyce Jones, Communications Director
Congresswoman Wilson Welcomes UN’s Admission of Role in Cholera Outbreak in Haiti and Calls for Further Actions
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) issued the following statement in response to a New York Times report announcing the United Nation’s (UN) admission of its role in the Haiti cholera outbreak that began in 2010:
“Today’s announcement is a major first step in righting a wrong. While I welcome the UN’s assumption of responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, it must be followed with concrete actions that include making cholera victims and their families whole, and investments towards eradicating the epidemic.
The UN’s admission of its role in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti is a testament to the work of cholera victims, their families, and advocates. For more than half a decade, they have organized, marched, written letters, and gone to court for today’s announcement to ensure that the UN fulfills its legal and moral obligations.
More than 10,000 people have died from cholera and many continue to suffer. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress and advocates to ensure that the UN fulfills its obligations to cholera victims.”
Congresswoman Wilson, the representative of the U.S.’ largest Haitian community, has been a leader in the effort to hold the UN accountable on cholera. For nearly six years, she has raised the issue to President Barack Obama, Secretary John Kerry, former Secretary Hillary Clinton, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Additionally, she has held briefings, coordinated conference calls, and supported legislation.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a third-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Congresswoman Wilson also founded the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways. The Florida lawmaker sits on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and is the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.