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International Community Accountability

Peacekeeper Exploitation and Abuse

In Haiti, UN peacekeeping troops have been tied to sexual exploitation and abuse towards local communities. In pursuit of justice and accountability, BAI has been supporting claims for child support on behalf of children fathered by UN peacekeepers. Our teams at BAI and IJDH are leading the litigation in Haiti and both local and international advocacy to fight for justice and defend the rights of women and children.


Leading Women’s Rights Advocates Concerned about UN Secretary-General’s Appointment, September 1, 2022
IJDH Statement: Internal Evaluation of the UN’s response to peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse, September 16, 2021
Landmark Win in UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Case: Court Orders Child Support for Child Fathered by UN Peacekeeper, March 12, 2021
Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors, responds to BAI/IJDH’s May 2020 open letter on UN SEA, August 5, 2020
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)
Emerging Voices: Seeking Child Support from UN Peacekeepers – A View from Haiti, Sienna Merope-Synge, Opinio Juris, August 16, 2019
Lawyers Denounce UN’s Failure to Cooperate in Paternity and Child Support Suits Against UN Peacekeepers, January 14, 2019
Lawyers Say UK Parliament Report’s Solutions Fail to Match the Problems, Sexual Misconduct and Accountability Failures Require Stronger Response, August 1, 2018
UK Report Offers No Systemic Solutions to UN Sex Abuse Crisis, Aids Free World, July 31, 2018
The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, April 27, 2018
Briefing Note for UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, April 25, 2018 (French)
IJDH Briefs UK Parliament on Accountability for Humanitarian Actors in Wake of Oxfam Scandal, March 21, 2018
Press Release: Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody, December 11, 2017
BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar, March 28, 2017

Why Ebola sex abuse victims may never find justice, Paisley Dodds, The New Humanitarian, March 29, 2023
UN Peacekeepers Fathered Dozens Of Children In Haiti. The Women They Exploited Are Trying To Get Child Support., Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed News, August 30, 2021
Why the UN Has a Sexual Abuse Problem | System Error, VICE World News, April 26, 2021
Haiti win raises hopes for women seeking child support from U.N. peacekeepers, Anastasia Moloney, Reuters, April 14, 2021
UN Peacekeeper Ordered to Pay Child Support for Baby He Abandoned, Lillian Perlmutter, VICE World News, March 26, 2021
Haiti mandates UN peacekeeper to pay child support, Onize Ohikere, World Magazine, March 19, 2021
Haitian court orders UN peacekeeper to pay child support in landmark case, Paisley Dodds, The New Humanitarian, March 12, 2021
Jacmel : Un Soldat de la MINUSTAH Condamné à Verser une Pension AlimentaireRezo Nòdwes, March 9, 2021
Haiti Could Face a ‘Perfect Storm’ With the Pandemic, Fiona Shukri, PassBlue, August 4, 2020
Niños sin padres: el peor legado de los militares argentinos en Haití, Lucía Wei He, RED/ACCIÓN, February 19, 2020 (English)
The U.N.’s Tainted Legacy in Haiti, The Editorial Board, The New York Times, December 23, 2019
En Haïti, des centaines de bébés de Casques bleus abandonnés, Lucie Monier-Reyes, TV5MONDE, December 20, 2019
The victims of UN abuse in Haiti must have justice, Bocchit Edmond, op-ed in The Times (UK), December 20, 2019
U.N. Peacekeepers in Haiti Said to Have Fathered Hundreds of Children, Elian Peltier, The New York Times, December 18, 2019
U.N. peacekeepers fathered, then abandoned, hundreds of children in Haiti, report says, Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post, December 18, 2019
UN peacekeepers in Haiti ‘fathered hundred of babies’ then abandoned mothers, Sean O’Neill, The Times (UK), December 17, 2019
L’ONU refuse d’assister les enfants abandonnés par les soldats de la MINUSTAH, Snayder Pierre Louis, AyiboPost, November 9, 2019
Retour sur 15 années d’échecs de l’ONU en Haïti, Snayder Pierre Louis, AyiboPost, October 20, 2019
For Victims of UN Sex Abuse or Exploitation, Help Can Be Elusive, Priyanka Boghani, FRONTLINE (PBS), July 24, 2018
Haiti missionary sentenced to 23 years for child sex abuse, David McFadden, The Associated Press, July 24, 2018
Un peu d’espoir pour les femmes et les enfants abandonnés par les Casques bleus, Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste, April 25, 2018
‘Glib’: UK criticised for failing to give to fund for survivors of UN sexual abuse, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, March 13, 2018
NGOs should not be allowed to operate above the law, Sienna Merope-Synge, op-ed in Al Jazeera, February 22, 2018
Haitian mums seek support from UN troops for ‘peacekeeper babies’, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, 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
An Evaluation of the Causes and Results of U.N. 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 and Joy Sapieka, Bulawayo24 News, March 21, 2017

“It’s because We are ‘Loose Girls’ That’s why We had Children with MINUSTAH Soldiers”: A Qualitative Analysis of Stigma Experienced by Peacekeeper-Fathered Children and Their Mothers in Haiti, Luissa Vahedi, Heather Stuart, Stéphanie Etienne, Sandra Wisner, Sabine Lee, and Susan Andrea Bartels, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, February 22, 2022
‘MINUSTAH is doing positive things just as they do negative things’: nuanced perceptions of a UN peacekeeping operation amidst peacekeeper-perpetrated sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti, Carla King, Greg Ferraro, Sandra C. Wisner, Stéphanie Etienne, Sabine Lee, and Susan A. Bartels, Conflict, Security & Development, November 17, 2021
Proactive and reactive responses to pregnancies resulting from sexual exploitation and abuse: an ecological model based on Haitian survivors’ experiences, Luissa Vahedi, Sabine Lee, Susan A. Bartels, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, October 7, 2021
Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries, follow-up report, International Development Committee (IDC), UK Parliament, January 14, 2021
Litigating Peacekeeper Child Sexual Abuse, REDRESS and Child Rights International Network (CRIN), January 23, 2020
‘They Put a Few Coins in Your Hand to Drop a Baby in You’: A Study of Peacekeeper-fathered Children in Haiti, Sabine Lee and Susan Bartels, International Peacekeeping, December 11, 2019
Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, International Development Committee (IDC), UK Parliament, July 31, 2018
UN SEA: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at the Hands of the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Mark Snyder, January 2017