Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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, community organizing, and public advocacy.

Media Coverage
Accusé d’avoir violé sa fille pendant 8 ans, Patrick Cadet est libéré, Marc Evans Lebrun, July 27, 2018
Haiti Missionary Sentenced to 23 Years for Child Sex Abuse, David McFadden, July 24, 2018
Rape: Small Progress Eclipsed by Enormous Challenges, Jean Phares Jerome, June 25, 2018
Oxfam Scandal Spotlights Lack of NGO Oversight in Poor Countries, Amelie Baron, February 23, 2018
Sexual Violence in Haiti is a Public Health Issue, Anastasia Moloney, July 19 2017
BAI: Haitian Government Should Do More to Protect Women from Sexual Harassment, Le National, July 2017
Survivors of Haiti’s Sexual Violence Crisis are Finally Making Themselves SeenNewsweek, April 19, 2017

UK Parliament: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector Inquiry, July 31, 2018

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