Haitian Women and Girls Trading Sex to Survive

Received by e-mail, From: MADRE, Date: Jan. 12, 2012.

Groups Release Report Analyzing Sexual Exploitation. Virtual Briefing: Join the authors of this report on Tuesday January 17 at 1 pm EST, for a conference call. RSVP at Media Madre.org for call-in information.  

January 12, 2012—New York, NY—Two years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, a report detailing the impact of sexual exploitation on displaced Haitian women and girls has been released. The report is authored by MADRE, the Commission of Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), the International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law (GJC) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS) …
To read the 38 pdf-pages report in full, click here.


  • Stephanie Küng, MADRE (212) 627-0444, e-mail;
  • Blaine Bookey, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (415) 515-8956, e-mail;
  • Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU Global Justice Clinic (212) 998-6657, e-mail;

Available for interview:

  • Marie Eramithe Delva (KOFAVIV) is a longtime advocate for human rights in Haiti.  She is the co-founder of KOFAVIV, a grassroots women’s rights organization. She has founded numerous other associations and grassroots organizations prior to co-founding KOFAVIV in 2004. (Contact: Stephanie Küng 212-627-0444).
  • Lisa Davis, Esq. (MADRE and the IWHR Clinic at CUNY School of Law) was a co-author of the report and currently serves as the Coordinator for the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Gender Working Group. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee and the National Lawyers’ Guild Haiti Subcommittee. Lisa is a Clinical Professor of Law for the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY Law School. (Contact: Stephanie Küng 212-627-0444).
  • Blaine Bookey, Esq. (UC Hastings) was a co-author of this report. She has worked as a legal fellow with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux where she helped launch the organization’s Rape Accountability and Prevention Project. Prior to joining the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies as a Staff Attorney she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. (Contact: 415-515-8956).
  • Margaret Satterthwaite (NYU School of Law) was a co-author of the report and has recently concluded a study on sexual violence in Haiti’s IDP camps.  She has worked for a variety of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and the Haitian Commission Nationale de Verité et de Justice, and has consulted with various U.N. agencies.  She is a Professor of Clinical Law, director of the Global Justice Clinic, and faculty director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. (Contact: 212-998-6657).

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