Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UVa law clinic turns attention to Haitian rape victims

By Tasha Kates, On a quest to find a new project for the University of Virginia School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, clinic director and law professor Deena Hurwitz headed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in early May with a delegation of lawyers to research gender-based violence. The group got a look at post-disaster Port-au-Prince from the perspective of displaced women and girls who had been raped in tent camps. Hurwitz, 53, said the delegation met with victims and people who had been and should be helping these women, including government officials. “While it appears from an objective viewpoint that the Haitian government would be overwhelmed and effectively dysfunctional, the crises before and after the earthquake do not relieve the government from the responsibility to protect citizens from violations of their rights,” she said. Hurwitz said that the victims don’t […]

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