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Doctors Without Borders Supports Sexual Violence Survivors

MEDIA ADVISORY  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Contact: Jessica Brown +1-212-763-5740 MSF MEDIA ADVISORY: HAITI: PHOTOGRAPHER BENEDICTE KURZEN SHEDS LIGHT ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE  Sexual violence in Haiti is a medical emergency, and affects a disproportionate number of children. July 11-15, NOOR photographer Benedicte Kurzen will be sharing the reality of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sexual violence clinic in Port-au-Prince directly over MSF’s Instagram. Since opening a year ago, the number of survivors coming to the Pran Men m (Creole for “Take My Hand”) clinic in Port-au-Prince has risen to one hundred per month. More than half of the patients are under 18 years of age. MSF provides medical and psychological care, and other support where necessary. The MSF clinic is part of a broader network of Haitian organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Benedicte’s work will further seek to […]

Task Force on the Americas Supports Haiti Elections Redo

This is an open letter to Michael Gayle at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, drafted by members of the April delegation to Haiti and sent on June 3. The delegation met with Mr. Gayle on April 22. ————————- June 3, 2016 Michael Gayle Deputy Political Counselor Embassy of the United States of America Blvd. du 15 Octobre Tabarre 41 Port au Prince, Haiti Dear Michael: On behalf of the delegation from Task Force on the Americas who visited you on April 22, 2016, we’d like to thank you again for the time you took to meet with us. We have since then been following with great interest the developments in Haiti’s electoral crisis. On April 28 provisional President Privert convened the election verification commission that had been widely demanded by nearly all constituencies, giving it 30 days to complete its […]

Habitat for Humanity Hiring Advocacy Manager

This position will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The job description is below. Click HERE for the full posting. Advocacy Manager / Haiti Property Law Working Group Coordinator Overview: Leadership and ongoing strategy and organization of the Haiti Property Law Working Group (HPLWG) and Advocacy efforts related to Habitat for Humanity’s mission and mandate Reporting to the National Director and Chief Operating Officer Role Description Haiti Property Law Working Group Lead, manage and represent the HPLWG in meetings / events / trainings / forums / media / community outreach activities Establish an agenda and prepare all materials for future HPLWG meetings (approx.. every two or three months); Organize steering committee meetings (monthly / bi-monthly or as needed); Disseminate manuals (1/2) and HPLWG materials to stakeholders; Follow up, revise, supervise drafts of the English and Creole version of Manual II, with the support of […]

Candidate Convicted for Cocaine Trafficking Advances to Next Round

In the lead up to Haiti’s first round of elections, there was a lot of controversy over candidates who had been convicted or suspected of crimes being allowed to run in the elections. Now, Miami Herald has learned that one of the candidates moving on to the next round was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami. according to Haiti’s electoral law and Constitution, political candidates should not have been convicted of a crime. The president of Haiti’s Electoral Council says that the Council is currently checking on this conviction with the US government. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Convicted cocaine trafficker running for parliament in Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 10, 2015 A candidate headed into next month’s runoff for Haiti’s parliament was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald […]

New Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti

On Friday, seemingly in preparation for the United Nations Security Council’s 3-day visit to Haiti, Haitian President Martelly and Prime Minister Paul swore in a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) for the 2015 elections. Elections have been delayed over three years now, due in large part to past CEPs being unconstitutional. Though this CEP seems to be constitutional in makeup, it could not have the approval of Parliament because most Parliamentarians’ terms expired on January 12. Meanwhile, protests continue demanding Martelly’s resignation because of his role in the political crisis. Click HERE for the original. Haiti installs new electoral board hours before U.N. Security Council delegation arrives Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 23, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE Haiti on Friday installed a new nine-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to organize polls for the country’s long overdue legislative and municipal elections. The swearing-in of the men […]

5 Years Post-Quake, Another Disaster in Haiti

A political crisis has been brewing in Haiti for over 3 years now, ever since the Martelly administration failed to hold elections in 2011. The crisis came to a head January 12, when the terms of 1/3 of Haiti’s Senate and of the Chamber of Deputies expired, leaving Parliament unable to reach a quorum to pass any laws. This also means that President Martelly is ruling by decree, the de facto dictator of Haiti. New protests arise every day and the UN Security Council heads to Haiti next week to find a solution. So far, it’s unclear what that might be. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Political Earthquake Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship? Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus January 14, 2015 Five years after […]

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