Help Haiti’s Friends in Congress Protect Earthquake Victims
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Help Haiti’s Friends in Congress Protect Earthquake Victims

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      Institute for Justice And Democracy in Haiti

Three champions for Haiti on Capitol Hill are asking their colleagues to join a letter urging stronger U.S. government support for earthquake survivors living in Haiti’s Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps.  Please ask your Representative to sign on.

Living conditions in most of the 1,000 camps still housing 670,000 Haitians remain insufferable, 15 months after the earthquake: 

·         Surveys conducted in July and December 2010, found that one out of two families living in IDP camps had at least one child go an entire day without food in the previous week.

·         Women and children living in camps are increasingly more vulnerable to sexual and gender based violence without adequate lighting and security. 

·         An estimated 165,977 Haitians living in camps are currently threatened with forced eviction, most of them without any other place to live. At least 45 camps housing 44,017 people have already been evicted by landowners.

·          An article in The Lancet medical journal predicted as many as 779,000 cases of cholera and 11,000 resultant deaths in Haiti between March 1 and November 30, 2011.

United States Representatives Yvette D. Clarke, Frederica S. Wilson and Donald M. Payne are circulating a sign-on letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking the U.S. Administration to urgently and effectively address the enormous challenges that internally displaced Haitians continue to face, especially with the onset of the rainy season.  

This letter offers an important opportunity to advance specific policy recommendations to make sure that relief and reconstruction efforts respect the rights of earthquake survivors.  The recommendations include more transparency and accountability of assistance directed at displaced persons, better basic services to all IDP camps, and improved local participation, particularly that of camp residents themselves.

Please ask your Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to sign the letter and help Haitians.

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    • Antoine J. Elas BROCKTON, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      I join in signing this petition on behalf of my fellow Haitian brothers and sisters whose plight for human dignity has yet to be addressed by a functioning system of government. To Secretary Clinton and all who has a vested interest in rooting out corruption, helping to empower the vulnerable members of society, and in helping to create the infrastructures vital to the ideals espoused in a democracy, I urge you to not be a participant in the longstanding pattern of providing Haiti with handouts but to help empower the prospective administration of president elect Martelly with the substantive assistance that will pave the way for tangible results and to press his government on adhering to transparency, which is the bedrock of a thriving democracy.

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    • Hannah Carr EUGENE, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Secretary Clinton,

      The past four months have been busy for me, spending 10 weeks in Haiti as volunteer and as an undergraduate researcher, and then coming home in time for the Clinton Global Initiative University in my hometown of San Diego.

      I am sure your past 4 months have been exceptionally tiring as well. In light of this, I still cannot imagine life in an IDP camp, of which I saw many while in Haiti this winter.

      Please continue your support of the earthquake survivors in Haiti and channel more government support to proven NGO's. Partners in Health is an excellent American non-profit but King's Organization in Port-au-Prince is also a wonderful Haitian non-profit. Please consider supporting locally-based organizations in addition to the fine work of our fellow U.S. citizens.

      Thank you for you and your family's service to our world.

      Sincerely,

      Hannah Carr

      B.A. Candidate '11

      Clark Honors College

      University of Oregon,

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    • Cecilia Russ CLOVIS, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do all you can to help these people.

      They are victims of a natural disaster and also victims of over one year of mismanaged funds and plans. Through no fault of their own they have had to endure storms, cholera and still have no housing today over one after the earthquake in Haiti.

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    • Erin Desautels SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I visited Haiti twice last year (July and December, when the surveys were conducted) to serve and pray for those affected by the earthquake. Please, they need our help.

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