Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

In December 2017, BAI filed paternity suits in Haitian courts on behalf of ten children fathered by UN Peacekeepers. After obtaining judgments in Haiti, BAI will push the UN to secure child support payments, through litigation, direct discussions with UN staff and media engagement. IJDH and BAI help journalists conducting investigations into UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), including Reuters, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.

BAI and IJDH Pen an Open Letter Calling for the UN to Honor Legal Rights of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, May 29, 2020 (French)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lawyers Denounce UN’s Failure to Cooperate in Paternity and Child Support Suits Against UN Peacekeepers, January 14, 2019
UK Report Offers No Systemic Solutions to UN Sex Abuse Crisis, Aids Free World, July 31, 2018
Briefing Note for UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, April 2018
The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, April 2018
Press Release: Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody, December 2017
BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar, March 2017

Media Coverage
Haitian mums seek support from UN troops for “peacekeeper babies”, The Guadian, December 15, 2017
Haitian women seek support for children fathered by U.N. troops in Haiti, Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, December 12, 2017
Un peu d’espoir pour les femmes et les enfants abandonnés par les Casques bleuspar Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste, 4 Avril 2018
‘Glib’: UK criticised for failing to give to fund for survivors of UN sexual abuse, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, 13 March 2018
Haiti Missionary Sentenced to 23 Years for Child Sex Abuse, Star Tribune, July 24, 2018
For Victims of UN Sex Abuse or Exploitation, Help Can Be Elusive, by Priyanka Boghani, PBS, July 24, 2018
Briefing note for UN Victim Rights Advocate, April 25, 2018. A French version of this brief can be download HERE.
Un peu d’espoir pour les femmes et les enfants abandonnés par les Casques bleusLe Nouvelliste. April 24, 2018
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 UN Peacekeeper Actions, Azad Essa, Al Jazeera, August 2017
Haiti UN Mission Leaving Under Cloud of Scandal, Paula Donovan, The Haitian Times, June 1 2017
Women Allegedly Raped by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Speak Out, Kevin Kriedemann & Joy Spieka, Bulawayo24 News, March 21, 2o17

UK Parliament Inquiry Report on Sexual Abuse in the Aid Sector Recommends Solutions which Fail to Meet the Problems, Jennifer Robinson, Nicole Phillips, Sienna Merope-Synge, Kathleen Bergin, August 1, 2018
UN SEA: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at the Hands of the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Mark Snyder, January 2017

Radio: Children Say They’ve Been Raped by UN Peacekeepers. Why is There No Criminal Accountability, KALW, July 24, 2018
Film: UN Sex Abuse Scandal, PBS, July 24, 2018

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