Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP)

IJDH and BAI 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. At the same time, we work with allies in Haiti and abroad to transform the social context underlying all poor Haitian women’s vulnerability 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 nearly 20 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.

Media Coverage


Haitian women press for recognition from U.N. peacekeeper fathers,” By Makini Brice, Reuters, June 1, 2017 ( Mario Joseph is featured in this article)

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system,” Associated Press, May 26

U.N. Peacekeepers Ran a Child Sex Ring in Haiti Foreign policy, April 14, 2017

AP Report Documents Child Sexual Abuse By U.N. Peacekeepers In HaitiNPR, April 13, 2017

UN peacekeepers accused of thousands of cases of abuse, AP finds PBS, April 12, 2017

U.S. Envoy Says U.N. Peacekeepers Must Be Punished for Sexual AbuseTime, April 13, 2017

Survivors of Haiti’s Sexual Violence Crisis are Finally Making Themselves SeenNewsweek, April 19, 2017

After 13 Years and Several Scandals, U.N. Votes to End Mission in HaitiNewsweek, April 13, 2017

Videotaped gang rape in Haiti sparks debate on sexual violence,” Agence France-Presse,  January  28, 2017

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