Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Now is not the time to forget Haiti

By Jessica Hinds, EMC Editorial Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean recently spoke at a two-day symposium on Haiti’s future after a trip to her home country. The renewed media attention that her speech brought serves to remind Canadians not to let Haiti fall off their radar as the media begin to turn their camera lenses to new stories. One of the devastating consequences of the earthquake has been a loss of security for Haitian women and girls who have been exposed to widespread rapes in the aftermath of January’s earthquake. Rape has always been a large problem in Haiti, and was only criminalized in 2005. Current camps for earthquake victims lack security and leave women vulnerable to violence. More than 4,000 prisoners escaped from Haiti’s main jail. This is coupled with the loss of Haiti’s police and judicial services. In […]

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