Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP)
IJDH and BAI have joined with grassroots groups in Haiti and international partners to launch the Haiti Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP) to respond to the epidemic of rapes against poor women and girls in Haiti in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. RAPP provides individual victims of sexual assault the legal services they need to obtain justice and compensation, while working with allies in Haiti and abroad to transform the social context that underlies the vulnerability of all poor Haitian women to assault. The Project also aims to deter future rape by punishing the perpetrators and forcing a more effective response by law enforcement and the justice system.
RAPP is building on the BAI’s 15 years’ experience helping poor women and other marginalized groups enforce their human rights to implement a comprehensive response to the rapes. The BAI and IJDH will play a coordinating role and lead the legal activities, but RAPP as a whole will be a wide collaboration assembling the respective talents of Haitian grassroots groups, international advocates and health and legal professionals. RAPP includes four closely integrated components: legal advocacy, healthcare, organizing, and public advocacy.
Grassroots Coordinator, Getchine Rose Lima is Goldin Institute’s Global Associate for Haiti. Read more HERE.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights work
Request for precautionary measures to prevent the irreparable harm of rape, sexual violence, and death of women and girls and women’s human rights defenders in the internal displacement camps
Legal Document:Request for Precautionary Measures - October 21, 2010
Legal Document: Commission’s Decision Granting Precautionary Measures – December 22, 2010
Report: Read an analysis of the Commission’s Decision by Attorneys for Petitioners - January 2011
Press Release: IACHR Commission Sets Unprecedented Recommendations for Haitian Government to Address Wave of Sexual Violence in Displacement Camps — December 22, 2010
Press Release: IACHR Expresses Concern Over Situation in Camps for Displaced Persons in Haiti - November 18, 2010
Press Release: Human Rights Groups File Legal Petition on Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Camps for Displaced in Haiti
Hearing on Sexual Violence in Haiti, March 25, 2011
Press Release: International Human Rights Hearing on Rape Epidemic in Haiti
Recording of the hearing: Constant threat of sexual violence faced by women and girls in Haiti’s displacement camps
Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reports on the hearing before the Inter-American Petition on Human Rights on sexual violence against women and girls in Haiti, quoting BAI Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) fellow Annie Gell and partner Lisa Davis of MADRE: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55044
Testimony Pictures from Hearing
Introduction of testimonials by Lisa Davis of MADRE
Testimony of Malya Villard Appolon (Kreyol, English)
Testimony of Eramithe Delva (Kreyol, English)
Intervention by Lisa Davis of MADRE
Intervention of Katherine Romero of Women’s Link WorldWide (Spanish, English)
Fanm Pale translates to Women Speak. Our partners in Haiti used this blog from 2010-2011. Click HERE to see Fanm Pale the blog.
Ansel Herz, Inter Press Service March 7, 2013 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 7 2013 (IPS) - Haiti is poised to enact major reforms to its penal code to make it easier for victims of rape to prosecute their attackers. The amendments to the penal code would precisely define sexual assault in accordance with international law, legalise certain types of post-rape abortions, and criminalise marital rape. The changes also mandate state-funded legal aid to victims who cannot pay for counsel. Discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” would be banned in limited circumstances, in a first for Haitian law. When someone beats you, rapes you, and it’s all over – you just keep it inside you? That would make me crazy. “I think it’s an exciting time,” Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, said in February at a conference on … Continue reading
By Brian Concannon Jr., Esq., Dissident Voice January 23, 2013 Despite the odds, 2012 was a good year for the prosecution of rape in Haiti. The Haitian justice system has historically struggled to effectively prosecute rape cases, but as human rights lawyer Meena Jagannath has noted, rape cases were 28% of all cases for last summer’s criminal trial sessions in Port-au-Prince. Meena describes how grassroots women’s activists and women lawyers used the trials as an opportunity for public education about rape and to effect balance in the typically male-dominated courtroom atmosphere. Haitian lawyers with the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP) at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) brought seven cases to trial in 2012, all resulting in convictions and significant jail time. The prosecution of a Haitian official this week for rape was both troubling and encouraging. These advances in … Continue reading
By Meena Jagannath, AlteNet December 14, 2012 A recent New York Times op-ed offers only half the picture. What is the point of doing any work in Haiti? After all, the country is a mess and it’s hard to shake that habit. And its reputation. Athena Kolbe and Robert Muggah’s December 9 New York Times op-ed illustrates in detail the post-rape reality for a survivor of sexual violence in Haiti – a series of misfortunes that encapsulate all of Haiti’s failings in responding to rape. Yet the authors make no mention of the hard work of many groups that have been trying to improve the country’s reputation. The story is so vivid and real that I can imagine Wendy recounting it to me and my former colleagues at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) office in Port-au-Prince. Yet, it does Haiti a disservice by focusing … Continue reading
By Anne-Christine d’Adesky, PotoFanm+Fi December 13, 2012 The Haiti PotoFanm+Fi Coalition and the PotoFi Haiti Girls Initiative are pleased to announce the release this week of two major reports that provide significant updates on progress made fighting sexual violence in Haiti by grassroots organizations. The comprehensive ’Beyond Shock’ GBV progress report confirms and challenges earlier media reports on sexual violence in Haiti. The companion PotoFi research survey of over 2000 pregnant teenagers reveals that a generation of Haitian girls have become pregnant from rapes and from trading sex to survive — specific gender aftershocks of the earthquake that call for urgent attention from stakeholders. The report was reported by Haitian and US members of the PotoFanm+Fi team and written by author and journalist Anne-christine d’Adesky. Haitian author Edwidge Danticat wrote a foreword for the report. Nadia Todres contributed a special photo essay on Girls … Continue reading