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Monday, March 14, 2011

Overview of DRN's 2011 Trip to Haiti

DRN Haiti arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday to begin a five day fact-finding trip. This year, the group is split into two teams. Kelly, Diana, and David are working with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to map the institutions involved in addressing forced evictions of internally displaced persons (IDP) from tent camps. Concurrently, Ritha, Shara, Stanley, Alana, and Dean Escalera are assisting our partner, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), with a project on cholera in the prisons. Both teams will conduct fact-finding interviews with Haitian government officials, international organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, both teams have site visits planned. The first group will, hopefully, visit IDP camps threatened with eviction, while the second group will travel to Haitian prisons outside of Port-au-Prince that have confirmed cases of cholera. At the end of our time in Haiti, each group will then consolidate its research into a report for use in advocacy efforts. Check back here for daily updates on our work in Haiti!

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