Over 70 percent of Haitian prisoners languish in prolonged pre-trial detention under deplorable prison conditions; they are victims of Haiti’s broken justice system. Meanwhile, thousands of children are sent by their parents to host families in the hope that access to education will improve their life chances, but what started as a traditional cultural practice often turns into a form of forced labor that many consider modern-day slavery. This workshop will provide an overview of the work being done to tackle these issues, and discuss how urgent changes to Haiti’s law enforcement system can be made to better protect the rights of victims.
Jasmine Huggins, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for Haiti at Church World Service
Ted Oswald, Policy Analyst and Advocacy Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee Haiti