Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide

By Nic Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant At the launch of Beverly Bell’s new book Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide last Sunday, I joined a group of more than thirty devoted readers, supporters, and colleagues overflowing the bustling back room of The Coupe in Washington, D.C. The book surveys the conditions in displaced persons camps,… Continue reading Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide

Historical ‘Anti-Haitianism’ and the Rulings of the Dominican Constitutional Court

By Scott Freeman, Visiting Scholar The Constitutional Court decision made by the Dominican Republic two weeks ago is the most recent of the ongoing rulings that affect Haitian citizenship in the country (Reuters, BBC). The law stipulates that individuals of foreign descent born after 1929, the vast majority of whom are Haitian, could have their Dominican… Continue reading Historical ‘Anti-Haitianism’ and the Rulings of the Dominican Constitutional Court

Audio from “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti”

We are happy to bring you the audio from our September 9, 2013 panel, “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti.” Please feel free to link to this page and disseminate the discussion widely- it is an important one, for both Haiti and broader issues of humanitarian aid. Focus on Haiti was proud to… Continue reading Audio from “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti”

‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes’

Introducing the new Working Papers section of Focus on Haiti. The first paper is ‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes,’ a recent presentation by Dr. Robert Maguire addressing the contemporary social and political context in Haiti. Following this initial paper, we hope to expand the use of this section to post ongoing papers from the Focus on Haiti team. Working Paper posts,… Continue reading ‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes’

“Focus on Haiti” Fall Event

Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti  A panel discussion featuring:  Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University Michael N. Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science  at the George Washington University Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator at the US Department of State who will discuss… Continue reading “Focus on Haiti” Fall Event

Domestic and Sexual Violence in Haiti: Insufficient Remedies, Inadequate Response

By Josh Doherty, Visiting Focus Blogger Like many countries across the world, Haiti suffers from an epidemic of domestic and sexual violence. Although some efforts have been undertaken to reduce vulnerabilities within the IDP camps, and a number of initiatives have been proposed for the country as a whole, intimate partner violence continues to affect… Continue reading Domestic and Sexual Violence in Haiti: Insufficient Remedies, Inadequate Response

Responsibility and Accountability: The Haitian Epidemic and the United Nations

By Adam Houston, Jerry Stenquist, Beatrice Lindstrom, Katharina Rall, and Alok Pokharel, Visiting Focus Bloggers  This piece is the second in a series on the cholera epidemic sweeping Haiti. This perspective was written by staff and legal fellows at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The Haitian cholera epidemic is the most serious of… Continue reading Responsibility and Accountability: The Haitian Epidemic and the United Nations

Cholera: The Epidemic Power of Vibrio cholerae

By Jeremy Akers, Danny Mays, Marc Siegel, MD, Visiting Focus Bloggers  This is the first in a series of posts on cholera and its impact on Haiti. The first post is a discussion of the disease itself, and serves as an examination of medical and epidemiological factors that enabled cholera to be carried by Nepalese… Continue reading Cholera: The Epidemic Power of Vibrio cholerae