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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 31, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, sent a letter today to the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, expressing concerns about the lack of progress in responding effectively to the Haitian cholera epidemic.  The letter urges the Secretary General to use his office and his influence to ensure that the United Nations takes responsibility for the introduction of cholera into Haiti and commits an appropriate level of resources to support cholera response efforts.

February 5, 2013 In The News

Haiti needs "free, fair and inclusive elections" to have a functioning Parliament and a stable government, according to United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The California Democrat was speaking at a Washington briefing on post-earthquake reconstruction organized by the Haiti Advocacy Working Group.
Waters pointed to recent reports over US money for Haiti that had not yet been disbursed.

February 5, 2013 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a long-time advocate for development assistance and democracy for Haiti, called for free, fair, and inclusive elections in Haiti and urged support for the development of effective political institutions and stable, just and democratic governance.  She made her remarks at a briefing on post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti entitled, "Building back better needs open doors: Accountability is essential for a just reconstruction." The briefing was organized by the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) as part of a series called "Rememberin

January 25, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, will host a briefing tomorrow entitled, "Who Runs Haiti?  A Discussion of Governance, Political Power, and Democracy in Haiti, Two Years After the Earthquake."  The event will be cosponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California) and feature several prominent speakers from both Haiti and the United States.


January 13, 2012 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, issued the following statement today to mark the second anniversary of the deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti:

May 26, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Donald M. Payne (NJ), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY), Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL), and Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) made a joint statement in response to the eviction and destruction of camps on public property in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince:

May 10, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, spoke today from the House floor in support of H.R. 1016 - Assessing Progress in Haiti Act. The bill later passed the House without opposition.

Below are the Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery:

"I rise to support this bill to measure the progress of recovery efforts in Haiti following last year's devastating earthquake, and I thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for introducing this bill.

February 11, 2011 Press Release

The House Financial Services Committee adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to conduct oversight over the situation in Haiti one year after a devastating earthquake and relief and reconstruction efforts in the country.  She offered the amendment jointly with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) during a markup of the Committee's oversight plan for the 112th Congress.  The amendment was adopted by the Committee without opposition by a voice vote.

February 4, 2011 In The News

by Clarens Renois

Haiti's fraud-tainted ruling party candidate was pulled from the presidential race on Thursday in a move widely welcomed as good for stability after months of deep political uncertainty.

The decision to reverse the results of disputed first round polls in November was met with calm on the streets of the quake-hit Caribbean nation, which has endured decades of political upheaval, dictatorship and bloodshed.

February 4, 2011 In The News

Haiti's decision to eliminate the government-backed candidate from a presidential runoff won praise from foreign powers Thursday, and the U.S. and others signaled they would agree with President Rene Preval staying in office for a few months past the end of his term.