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Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation of Haitian Children in the DR on the Rise

  • Posted on: 24 October 2010
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Below is an article by Gerardo Reyes and Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald concerning human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors in the Dominican Republic, both of which have increased since the January earthquake.  Human trafficking occurs on both sides of the border.  It will take a sustained, joint effort to ensure that migration is humane, orderly, and that minors are not being exploited as they are now.  As the article makes clear, this will require tackling corruption within the border authorities.  For more information, take a look at the U.S. State Department's latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) reports for the Dominican Republic and Haiti. 

Are We Reconstructing Yet?

  • Posted on: 15 July 2010
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

This week marked six months since the earthquake.  According to President Preval, it also marked the week that the emergency phase ended and reconstruction began.  Yet at the same time residents of the Corrail Cesselesse camp were struggling with the consequences of a rain storm that destroyed up to 300 tents and caused 1,700 to seek emergency shelter.  With the rainy season underway, the situation is precarious for the displaced.  Security, especially for women and children, is still a major concern.  Is this an emergency operation, a reconstruction effort, or both?

On the Ground: Pregnant and Poor in Haiti

  • Posted on: 7 April 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Nicholas Kristof wrote an article on the importance of family planning to poverty reduction. The article revolves around the lives of a woman named Nahomie, her ten children, and the grinding poverty they are facing.  I've copied the article below but you can also read it on his excellent blog ""On the Ground."  After, take a look at the +250 comments posted and consider adding your own.  It is my hope that Nahomie's children will fare better.  With the United States supporting the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) again, perhaps we can yet make that a reality.  

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Report for Haiti

  • Posted on: 2 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
Each year, the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is mandated to release country specific human rights reports.  The reports covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Human rights is fundamental to development.  While some progress was made in 2008, it is clear that we still have a long way to go.  Haiti's report is copied below and you can find the other country reports here.   

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