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.


Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 4.35.04 PMRAPP 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, community organizing, and public advocacy.

Media Coverage


Briefing note for UN Victim Rights Advocate, April 25, 2018. A French version of this brief can be download HERE.

The Oxfam Sex Abuse Scandal Demonstrates The Urgent Need for Legal Accountability in The Humanitarian aid Sector, by Sienna Merope-Synge, Al-Jazeera, February 2018 


An Evaluation of The Causes and Results of U.N. Peacekeeper Actions, by Azad Essa, Al-Jazeera, August 2017

BAI: Haitian Government Should Do More to Protect Women from Sexual Harassment, Le National, July 2017

The U.N Has Not Done Enough to Provide for Victims of Sexual Abuse, by John Zarella, CGTN, June 2017

The U.N. Should Stop Ignoring Victims of Sexual Assault and Children Fathered by Peacekeepers, by Makini Brice, Reuters, June 2017

Haitian women press for recognition from U.N. peacekeeper fathers,” By Makini Brice, Reuters, June 1, 2017

How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed in UN system,” Associated Press, May 26, 2017

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

Private: The Disability Community in Collaboration with Bureau des Advocats Internationaux (BAI) Pay Tribute to Three Deaf Women Murdered in Cabaret, Haiti,  April 2017

Women Impregnated by Peacekeepers Need UN Cooperation, but Met with Silence, by Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian, April 2017

Lack of Accountability Allows Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse to Continue Running Rampant, by Tanasia Kenney, Atlanta Black Star, April 2017

Hundreds of United Nations Peacekeepers Get Away With Sexual Exploitation, by Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press, April 12, 2017

BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti and The World’s Radar, March 2017

Impunity for UN Peacekeepers Who Rape Women in Haiti, by Kevin Kriedemann and Joy Sapieka, Bulawayo24 News, March 2017

Press Conference with Mother of 2 Peacekeeper Babies I konferans pou laprès yon manman 2 pitit “casques bleus”, by Bureaus des Advocats Internationaux, February 2017 

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


Plurrify Podcast Interview with Brian Concannon, Plurrify, October 2016 

Canadian Government May Improve Relations with Alleged Victims of UN Peacekeepers, by Alex Boutelier and Kathleen Davis, Toronto Star, July 2016

Civil Society Challenges UN Secretary-General Candidates to Take Accountability Pledge, July 2016

Children of Peacekeepers: Those Left Behind by UN Mission in Haiti, by The Associated Press, The New York Times, July 2016

Spotlight for Rose Getchine Lima, Goldin Institute Global Associate for Haiti June 2016

Justice pour les enfants haïtiennes abandonné par Les Casques bleus, by Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste, June 2016

Steady Progress Against Sexual Violence in Haiti, by Malya Villard Apolon, Global Associate, May 2016

Violence Against Women, Trafficking, Prostitution, and Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers, by BAI & IJDH, January 2016

Gender Issues Facing Women and Girls, by BAI & IJDH, January 2016


List of Issues for Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, by BAI & IJDH, June 2015

How Can Peacekeeper Impunity for Assault Be Ended?, The Real News Network, June 2015 

IADL Statement for Committee on The Status of Women, by IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, March 2015


16 Days of Activism Against Gener-Based Violence November 2014 

Importance of Expert Testimony in Rape Cases, by Abby Goldberg, New Media Advocacy Project, July 2014

Advancing Justice Through Expert Testimony, New Media Advocacy Project, June 2014 

Seeking Justice For Haiti’s Rape Victims, by Allie Torgan, CNN, April 2014

Mario Joseph on Rights Enforcement as Solution To Sexual Violence in Haiti, March 2014

The Complex Problem of Prosecuting Rapists in Haiti, by Lisa Armstrong, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, May 2014


MINUSTAH Rape Victim Seeks Justice, Sentinel,  September 2013

Messages from Haiti: Straight From The Source, FANM Pale, March 2013

Haiti Moves to Tighten Laws on Sexual Violence, by Ansel Herz, Inter Press Service, March 2013

A System Put to the Test, by Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. Dissident Voice, January 2013

A SOAPBOX IN HAITI Presents “Mario Joseph: Human Rights in Haiti”  January 2013


NY TIMES Suggests It’s Pointlessto Report Rape in Haiti, Ignoring Serious Efforts to Protect Women, by Meena Jagannath, AlterNet, December 2012

Beyond Shock: Charting The Landscape of Sexual Violence in Post-Earthquake Haiti, by Anne-Christine d’Adesky, PotoFanm, December 2012


“When It Rains, We Will Grow Again”: Haitian Women Observe International Women’s Day, by Alexis Erkert, Other Worlds, March 2012

Group Founded by Rape Survivors Lifts Up Haitian Women, by Rousbeh Legatis, March 2012


Protesters Call for U.N. To Leave Haiti, by Nick Rowlands, Reuters, September 2011

“Until the Day I Die”: Gerta Louisama on Haitian Women Winning Their Rights, by Beverly Bell, August 2011

Listen to Meena Jagannath, BAI Legal Fellow, with an update on the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project, July 2011

Women Turn Spotlight on Haiti’s Silent Rape Epidemic, by Gabor Szabo, Budapest Report, April 2011

An Epidemic of Rape for Haiti’s Displaced, The New York Times, April 2011

Women Turn Spotlight on Haiti’s Silent Rape Epidemic, By Cléo Fatoorehchi, United Nations IPS, March 2011

Hearing on Sexual Violence in Haiti, March 2011

Intervention of Lisa Davis (Inter-American Comission on Human Rights), March 2011

Testimonty of Malya Villard Appolon: Enlish, Kreyol (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), March 2011

Sexual Violence in Haiti’s IDP Camps: Results of a Household Survey (CHRGJ)  March 2011 

Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Fellow, Annie Gell, Participated in a BBC World “Have Yor Say” Program on Gender-based Violence in Haiti, BBC World , March 2011

CHRGJ Survey Suggests Alarming Levels of Sexual Violence In Haiti’s IDP Camps, CHRGJ, March 2011 

Annie Gell Talks About Gender-Based Violence, WBAI Radio, March 2011

The BAI Holds Self-Defense Class for the Women and Girls of Haiti  , January 2011

Haiti After the Earthquake: “An Epidemic of Sexual Violence” by Inga Rahmsdorf,, January 2011

Sexual Violence in Haiti’s IDP Camps: Results of a Household Survey, CHRGJ, January 2011

Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Fellow, Annie Gell, Participated in BBCS World “Have Your Say” Program on Gender-based Violence in Haiti, BBC World, March 2011

CHRGJ Survey Suggests Alarming Levels of Sexual Violence in Haiti’s IDP Camps, CHRGJ, March 2011 

Annie Gell Talks About Gender-Based Violence on WBAI Radio, WBAI, March 2011

The BAI Holds Self-Defense Class for The Women and Girls of Haiti, January 2011 

Haiti After the Earthquake: “An Epidemic of Sexual Violence”,, January 2011

Haiti a Year Later: Every Glimmer of Hope Balanced by A Tale of Despair, by Jessica Leeder, Global and Mail, January 2011

“Our Bodies Are Still Trembling”: Haitian Women Continue to Fight Against Rape, by IJDH, January 2011 

Haiti: Aftershocks: Women Speak Out Against Sexual Violence in Haiti’s Camps , January 2011 

Women Wonder If They’ll Ever Feel Safe Again, by Jane Regan and Kanya D’Almeida, IPS, January 2011 

One Day in Port-au-Prince – THE LAWYER: “Rape Cases Have Tripled” sine the quake, by Tim Large, AlertNet, January 2011

Annie Gell on Gender-Based Violence, WBAI Radio, Talk Back, January 2011


Haiti Camps No Safe Havens for Women, by Lisa Armstrong, USA Today, December 2010 

You Can Prevent Rapes in Haiti, December 2010

Fighting Back: After the Quake, by Lisa Armstrong, Essence Magazine, December 2010

Beneficiary Perceptions Regarding The Effectiveness of Measures to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Humanitarian aid Worker, HAP, December 2010

IACHR Expresses Concern Over Situation in Caps for Displaced Persons in Haiti, IACHR, November 2010 

Bearing Witness: Girls and Women in Haiti’s Camps, by Didi Bertrand Farmer, World Pulse, November 2010

Sex Trafficking of Haitian Kids Exploding, by Gerardo Reyes and Jacqueline Charles, McClatchy Newspapers, October 2010

Request for Precautionary Measures to The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, October 2010

UN Humanitarian Official Speaks About Gender-Based Violence On Mission To Haiti, People’s Daily Online, October 2010

Haitian Civil Society Organizations and Earthquake Survivors Protest Renewal of UN Peacekeeping Mission, October 2010

Nine Months After the Quake – A million Haitians Slowly Dying, by Bill Quigley, Huffington Post, October 2010

Beginning of the End: Anti-Rape Campaign, RH Reality Check, October 2010

A Program Helping Adolescent Girls Will Be Expanded to Haiti and Yemen, Washington, October 2010

Group: Haiti Earthquake Camps Expose Women to Sex Violence, by Bill Varner, Bloomberg News, October 2010

Haitian Women at Increased Risk of Trafficking, by Emilie Godoy, IPS, September 2010

Panel Examines Earthquake Effect on Safet of Haitian Women , September 2010

After Earthquake, Violence Against Haitian Women Rises, by Kinal M. Patel, Virginia Law Weekly, September 2010

Haitian Women Struggle to Keep Hope Alive, by Wadner Pierre, IPS, September 2010

Haiti: UN Launches New Campaign Against Rape and Gender-Based Violence, UN News Service on ReliefWeb, September 2010

UN Launches Anti-rape Campaign in Haiti, by Anita Snow, Associated Press, September 2010

The Plight of Haiti’s Women: Eight Months After The Earthquake Life in Camps is Rife With Sexual Violence, by Kremena Krumova, The Epoch Times, September 2010

Women in storm’s path, by Sue Montgomery, The Montreal Gazette, September 2010

Violences Faites aux Femmes: Préoccupations, by par Valery Daudier, Le Nouvelliste, September 2010

Beginning of The End, by Rapadoo, RH Reality Check, August 2010

Haitian Women Fights Sexual Violence, by Amie Newman, RH Reality Check,  August 2010

Gender-Based Violence in Haiti, by Stepehn Lendman, The People’s Voice, August 2010

Haitian Women Live In Fear of Rape in Postquake Camps, by Anastasia Moloney, Reuters AlertNet, August 2010

Recommendation to the American Bar Association Concerning the Rights of Haitian Women and Children, August 2010

Report of the Independent Expert on the Question of Human Rights and Extreme Poverty (UN), by Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, August 2010

Letter to Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, August 2010

Haiti: Women and Girls Displaced Victims of Gender Violence, by Juliana Rincon Parra, August 2010

Haiti: where is the Money? By Imani Countess, News One, August 2010

Haiti’s Most Vulnerable Children at Heightened Risk in Earthquake’s Aftermath,, August 2010

Help World’s Women Fight Violence, by Rekha Basu, Baxtor Bulletin, July 2010

IJDH Releases Major Report on Violence Against Women and Girls in Haiti, IJDH, July 2010

Rape a Part of Daily Life for Women in Haitian Relief Camps, by Gina Ulysse, Ms. Magazine, July 2010 

Rape in Haiti: Report Released on Violence Against Women and Girls in Haiti, IJDH and MADRE, July 2010

Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women’s Fight Against Rape, IJDH, BAI, LERN, TAF, MADRE, UNM, UVA, July 2010

Gender-Based Violence in Haiti, Haiti Advocacy Working Group, July 2010

The Role Of Women In Rebuilding Haiti, by Tony Cox, NPR, July 2010

UN Police in Haiti arrest fugitives suspected of rapes inside camps for displaced, UN News Service, July 2010

Protect Victims of Abuse, by Meghan Rhoad, Miami Herald, July 2010

UN stresses safeguarding human rights in humanitarian emergencies, UN News Centre, July 2010

KOFAVIV on Democracy Now! Rape in the Camps: Lacking Security, Women Organize to Protect Themselves, Democracy Now!, July 2010

Violence Against Women in Haiti: Prepared for Congressional Briefing, IJDH, MADRE, University of Minnesota, Digital Democracy, July 2010

The Women of Haiti Still in Rubble, by Michelle Chen, Color Lines News for Action, July 2010

Haiti’s quake victims fear rape, by Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera, July 2010

No justice for Haiti’s women inmates, by Clarens Renois, Associated Press, July 2010

The Predictable Disaster: Post Earthquake, Widespread Rape in Haiti Goes Unaddressed, by Amie Newman, Rewire News, July 2010

After Haiti’s Quake, Another Form of Horror, by Linda Basch and Esta Soler, New York Times, June 2010

LERN Lawyers to Lobby at the UN Economic and Social Council for an End to Violence Against Women and Girls in Haiti, IJDH, MADRE, University of Minnesota, Digital Democracy, June 2010

Haiti: Still an “ideal climate for rape”, by Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon, June 2010

Sexual Assaults Add to Miseries of Haiti’s Ruins, by Deborah Sontag, New York Times, June 2010

Making Haiti Safe for Women Through the Light of a Lamp, by Ruth Messinger, Huffington Post, June 2010

UVa law clinic turns attention to Haitian rape victims, by Tasha Kates, DailyProgress, June 2010

Women in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 Earthquake, Huairou Commission, June 2010

UN Human Rights Council Passes Resolution to “Accelerate Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women”, June 2010

Haitian Women’s Rights Activist Leaves Camp for Displaced People to Testify before the UN Human Rights Council, IJDH, MADRE, June 2010

U.Va. law professor: Haiti’s women at high risk for rape after earthquake, Newsleader , June 2010

Empower women to speed recovery, by Kathleen Kline, Miami Herald, May 2010

Haiti: End the rape in temporary shelters! (French), by Amos Cincir, The Nouvellist, May 2010

IJDH’s Blaine Bookey, Esq. and Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., CKUT Radio, Montreal, May 2010

Senators Call for Immediate and Urgent Action to Protect the Women of Haiti, Partners in Health, IJDH, May 2010

Refugee door pried open for Haitian women fearing rape, By Tracey Tyler, Legal Affairs Reporter, May 2010

Bangladesh police in Haiti, by Razzak Raza, Blitz, May 2010 

Haitian Women Regroup, Rebuild, by Rebecca Harshbarger, WeNews correspondent, May 2010 

INTERVIEW-Safer shelter needed to avert Haiti disease outbreaks, by Anastasia Moloney, May 2010

UN Human Rights Council Statement, MADRE, KOFAVIV, BAI, IJDH, University of Virginia School of Law Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota Human Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic, May 2010

U.S. Delegation Finds Inadequate Response, and “Victim-Blaming” Approach to Rapes in Haitian Displacement Camps (English), LERN, MADRE, University of Virginia School of Law, TransAfrica Forum, Morrison and Foerster, May 2010

US Senators Urge USAID to Make Safety of Women and Girls a Priority, May 2010

The Real Disaster in Haiti is Happening Right Now, by Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attorney, May 2010

Haiti relief workers try to stem rape in refugee camps, by Kathie Klarreich, Christian Science Monitor, May 2010

Haitians Hope for Humanitarian Parole, by Josue Rojas, New America Media, May 2010

Nap Kenbe: Finding a Safe Space for Haiti’s Women Part II, by Blaine Bookey, Esq., IJDH/BAI Legal Fellow, May 2010

IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips, Esq. on Women: Body and Soul, May 2010

Female Bangladeshi Forces Carry Hope to Haiti, by Amy Lieberman, WeNews, April 2010

UN Security Council Briefing (GBV a concern), April 2010

Broadcasting Women’s Voices in Haiti’s Reconstruction: Women’s Community Radio, by Beverly Bell, Huffington Post, April 2010

Haitian student had ‘no chance to scream’ when thugs raped her in earthquake aftermath, by Christina Boyle, New York Daily News, April 2010

Now is not the time to forget Haiti, by Jessica Hinds, EMC Editorial, April 2010

Haiti’s situation still dire, despite progress – Deputy Secretary-General, UN News Centre, April 2010

Double Victims: The Earthquake Through Haitian Women’s Eyes, by Mark Schuller, Huffington Post, April 2010

Haitian Women’s Grassroots Groups to Hold Press Conference (Version Kreyol), April 2010

Haitian Women’s Grassroots Groups to Hold Press Conference, KOFAVIV, FAVILEK, April 2010

Canada slow to accept rape risk: Immigration board has rejected refugee claims from fearful Haitian women, by Tracey Tyler,  Legal Affairs Reporter, April 2010

Health in Haiti: Lessons to Learn for National Public Health Week 2010by Susan Blumenthal, Huffington Post

Gender Shadow Report: Ensuring Haitian Women’s Participation and Leadership in All Stages of National Relief and Reconstruction, Women’s International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Equality Now, Gender and Disaster Network, Groots International, Huairou Commission, Lambi Fund of Haiti, MADRE, ORÉGAND, Poto Mitan: Rebuilding Haiti Initiative .g+dsr, April 2010

Ensuring Haitian Women’s Participation and Leadership in All Stages of National Relief and Reconstruction, ReliefWeb, April 2010

Rape blights lives of Haiti’s quake survivors, by Katherine Baldwin, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, April 2010

Haiti: Addressing Atrocities Following the Quake, by Suzan Song, Huffington Post, March 2010

PDNA: Preliminary Gender Shadow Report, March 2010

Haitian Women: Enter At Center Stage, by Taina Bien-Aime, Huffington Post,  March 2010

Sexual Predators Haunt Haiti’s Camps, by Gabriel Elizondo, Al Jazeera’s The Americas Blog, March 2010

After the earthquake, protecting Haitian women and girls from violence, by Jennifer Bakody, UNICEF, March 2010

Haiti’s most desperate reach for temporary U.S. lifeline, by Katherine Baldwin, Reuters, March 2010 

Haiti After the Earthquake: Initial Mission Findings, Amnesty International, March 2010

Haiti’s Emergency Response Must Include Protection From Widespread Sexual Violence, Amnesty International, March 2010

Take Action: An Open Letter to Donors of the Haiti Reconstruction: Ensuring Haitian Women’s Participation and Leadership in All Stages of National Relief and Reconstruction, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, March 2010

“Our Bodies are Shaking Now” – Rape Follows Earthquake in Haiti, by Beverly Bell, Huffington Post, April 2010

Sexual Assaults in Haitian Camps Prompt Security Enhancements, by Suzanne Presto, Voice of America, April 2010

Press Release from the Solidarity Platform of Female Citizens of Haiti (French), April 2010

Haiti Post-Quake Rapes Rise, Women’s e-News, April 2010

Haiti should have final say over rebuilding Preval says, The Medical News, March 2010

Solidarity Platform of Female Citizens of Haiti (French), March 2010 

Rape has become new fear for women struggling to survive in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, by Michael Sheridan, New York Daily News, March 2010

Women fear violence in Haitian camps, by Sara Sidner, CNN

Rape is latest horror for Haitian women, girls who lost homes and loved ones in quake, by Michelle Faul, The Associated Press, March 2010

Haiti’s Rape Crisis, by Liesl Gerntholtz, The Morung Express, March 2010

UN Security Council: Better Shelter, Security Needed for Haiti VictimsHuman Rights Watch, February 2010

Letter to the UN Security Council on the Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Haiti, Human Rights Watch, February 2010

Haiti: United Nations Experts’ Body Calls for Active Role of Women as Key Resource in Country’s Recovery, United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), February 2010


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