Human Trafficking

Haiti Downgraded to Tier III in 2016 Human Trafficking Report

By Bryan Schaaf on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Haiti was downgraded to Tier III status in the U.S State Department's 2016 Human Trafficking Report.  This means it neither complies with minimum standards in prevention and response nor has it made significant progress to do so.  What Haiti needs to do to improve, including by strengthening the justice system, is quite clear although political instability (as in previous years) is an obstacle to progress. The Haiti portion of the report follows. Read more »

U.S. State Department Releases 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Last month, the U.S. State Department released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report.  As in previous years, the report noted serious shortcomings in the Haitian government's efforts to prevent and respond to human trafficking.  There is some good news, though - in 2014 the Haitian government enacted a law to criminalize human trafficking which is a welcome and much-needed step.  The country narrative for Haiti follows below.   Read more »

State Department Releases 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department released its 2011 annual report on human trafficking.  While Haiti does have institutions devoted to protecting children, such as the Haiti National Police Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), they lack resources and capacity.  For the immediate future, trafficking prevention and response will remain driven by non governmental and international organizations.  However, the Haitian government can make a major contribution by passing legislation that criminalizes sex trafficking and forced labor.  The portion of the report devoted to Haiti follows below. Read more »

State Department Awards Grant to Fight Human Trafficking in Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Friday, January 21, 2011.
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The U.S. State Deparment's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) today announced a grant of $4.75 million to ten grantees to strengthen the capacity of the Haitian government and civil society to prevent and respond to human trafficking. Information about grantees and their activities follows in the official announcement below.  Background on human trafficking in Haiti and the Dominican Republic can be found in the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report.    

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

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

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.  Read more »

U.S. State Department Releases 2010 Human Trafficking Report

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, June 14, 2010.

The U.S. State Department released its 2010 Annual Report on Human Trafficking today.  Haiti remains a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking.  The most significant trafficking issue concerns restaveks – forced domestic servitude of young children given to (mostly) urban families by parents (mostly) from rural areas with larger families.  An estimated 225,000 children were enslaved as restaveks prior to the 2010 earthquake.  Even more children are vulnerable to exploitation in the earthquake’s aftermath.  Below is the Haiti section of the report, which includes recommendations for the Haitian government and the international community. Read more »

U.S. State Department Releases 2009 Human Rights Report for Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Friday, March 12, 2010.

Each year, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is mandated to release country specific human rights reports that address individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As this report pertains strictly to 2009, it does not address human rights issues in post earthquake Haiti. Still, it is highly relevant as long term recovery and reconstruction will depend in part upon creating a culture that respects human rights and a government that can enforce them.  Read more »

State Department Releases 2009 TIP Report: Haiti and the DR

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, June 22, 2009.

Human trafficking is a global problem that affects every country in the world.  Last week, the U.S. State Department released its 2009 annual report on how well partner governments are preventing and responding to human trafficking. Understanding trafficking in Haiti requires understanding the situation in the Dominican Republic.  Neither country complies with minimum standards for eliminating trafficking, although both governments acknowledge the need to do more. This is an issue that clearly requires cross-border collaboration. Read more »