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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

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee and a long-time friend of Haiti, sent a letter today to the Honorable Michele J. Sison, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, in response to reports that a death squad headed by Jimmy Cherizier, commonly known as “Barbecue,” has carried out violent attacks in several impoverished Port-au-Prince neighborhoods during the past week, with the support of the Haitian police. 

The text of the letter follows:


March 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee and a long-time friend of Haiti, issued the following statement today upon learning of the attempted assassination this morning of Joel Edouard “Pacha” Vorbe, a member of the Executive Committee of the Fanmi Lavalas political party and an associate of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide:


January 11, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

Commends Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Search and Rescue Efforts in Haiti

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Waters: ‘The president of Haiti needs to take responsibility for the current political crisis in his country; protests will not stop until he does’

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) delivered the following statement at the December 10 Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing entitled, “Haiti on the Brink: Assessing U.S. Policy Toward a Country in Crisis”: 

As Prepared for Delivery

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: