In January 2010, the worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere’s poorest country. The earthquake displaced over 1 million people who have found temporary shelter in the 500 Internally Displaced Persons camps across Port-au-Prince. There, incidences of rape have risen to epidemic levels as women and girls live among strangers in overcrowded tent camps, acutely vulnerable to sexual assault.
MADRE is working with our partner KOFAVIV to provide security, psychosocial support and medical care for survivors of rape. MADRE is also working to prosecute cases of rape in The Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Women and children in the camps will have greater security and protection and women who have survived rape will have the support to prosecute their attackers. Haitian women who participate in trainings will be able to advocate at the national and international level to combat violations of women's human rights.