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December 7, 2015     |    Ellie Happel, Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Nikki Reisch

Haiti stands at a crossroads: The prospect of gold mining glitters on the horizon, while the reality of political turmoil, weak institutions, and widespread impoverishment glares in the foreground. Minerals can be exploited only once. This moment, before mining has begun, presents a unique opportunity for Haiti to hold a robust public debate about the risks and benefits of mining for the Haitian people, and to implement preventive measures to avoid future human rights abuses and environmental harms. Such a debate requires transparency, information sharing, and active engagement of Haitian communities. Until now, most discussions about mining have occurred among government officials, company stakeholders, and international financial institutions behind closed doors. There is a dearth of information in the public domain about what gold mining entails, what challenges it poses, what opportunities it presents, and what it may mean for communities and the country as a whole. The purpose of this report is to help fill that gap.

Reports and Briefing Papers
February 1, 2012     |    Margaret L. Satterthwaite
Reports and Briefing Papers
January 20, 2012     |    Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Nikki Reisch

In response to a need expressed by human rights advocates and women’s groups in Haiti, who were among the first to expose abuses being suffered by women and girls in the camps, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) and the Global Justice Clinic (GJC) at New York University School of Law set out to examine the prevalence of sexual violence in IDP camps and the risk factors that were most contributing to it. Drawing on data gathered from a household survey conducted in four IDP camps one year after the earthquake, as well as focus group discussions (FGDs) and interviews with key informants throughout 2011, this Report provides a snapshot of the relationship between violations of economic and social rights in the camps and vulnerability to sexual violence.

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January 4, 2012     |    Margaret L. Satterthwaite

In March 2011, the GJC and CHRGJ released a briefing paper highlighting preliminary results of the household survey it administered in January 2011 aimed at identifying any links between GBV and access to economic, social and cultural rights in the camps for the internally displaced population in Port-au-Prince. This briefing paper was published long prior to the final report in order to make public the most pressing and salient descriptive results of the survey. Among the findings were higher sexual violence prevalence rates than previously recorded in post-earthquake Haiti and heightened vulnerability among young women, particularly those experiencing severe food deprivation.

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