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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California


I have long been an advocate for the people of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. I have traveled extensively to the country both before and after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake, and know that the Haitian people are a proud and resilient people. 

Some of my work includes securing debt relief for Haiti from multilateral financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and advocating for stronger democratic and electoral processes in the country.

I am impressed by the international community's assistance to Haiti in its time of need, and I am hopeful for the country's future. We must remain committed to the long-term recovery of Haiti. 

In this section you can read about some my work, as well as watch and listen to television and radio interviews I conducted in the days, weeks, and months following the earthquake.

Watch Congresswoman Waters on MSNBC, discussing her reaction to the disaster in Haiti

Watch Congresswoman Waters on CNN, discussing her reaction to the disaster in Haiti

More on Haiti

November 21, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on 1-Year Anniversary of Lasalin Massacre in Haiti

‘Those responsible for acts of politically motivated violence in Haiti must be held accountable.
Impunity in Haiti must end now’ 


WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Lasalin Massacre in Haiti:

June 10, 2019 Press Release


May 13, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Leads Delegation to Haiti; Finds Both Inspiration and Evidence of Violence

June 15, 2018 Press Release

Waters & 100 Members of Congress Urge United Nations to Fulfill its Obligation to Support Victims of the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

January 12, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Waters’ Statement on Trump’s Vulgar Lies about Haitians

November 21, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Waters’ Statement on the Termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the decision announced by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti effective July 22, 2019, following an 18-month delay: 

March 10, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement in Memory of Haitian President René Préval


July 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S.

October 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing deep concern about Haiti’s 2015 elections and the impact they will have on Haiti’s future if the Haitian people do not perceive them to be credible. According to the State Department, Secretary Kerry will be visiting Haiti tomorrow.


January 12, 2015 Press Release

Waters Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters released a statement today on the fifth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Following the earthquake, Rep. Waters led the efforts in Congress to ensure the cancellation of Haiti's international debts and support free and fair elections. She also worked with her colleagues to address the cholera epidemic and provide oversight of the earthquake recovery funding.