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
by Ryan Grim
A House subcommittee approved a measure on Thursday to press major international financial institutions to completely cancel all debts owed by Haiti, where a major earthquake devastated what little capacity Haiti had to pay the debts back.
The International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee approved the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti Act, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), which also aims to encourage direct assistance in the form of grants from those institutions, rather than loans.
by Te-Ping Chen
In the past two weeks, activists have rallied to keep Haiti's creditors from hounding the quake-shattered nation, which has already lost 150,000 people to the disaster.
The ONE campaign, in particular, is at the forefront of the call to drop Haiti's $1 billion debt. So far, their petition in support of debt relief has garnered 168,000 signatures, and last night, a conference call for activists attracted over 6,000 participants.
Change.org talked with Aaron Banks from ONE this morning about the campaign, and their expectations for success:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support Tuesday for forgiving Haiti's debt, doubting the earthquake-battered nation would be able to repay it.
"It's just unrealistic to think that Haiti would ever, in the far foreseeable future, be able to repay," Clinton said in an interview with American Urban Radio Networks broadcast Tuesday.
Clinton said the United States was looking at plans outlined by international lenders to forgive Haiti's debt which stood at around one billion dollars before the earthquake.
By OLU ALEMORU, Staff Writer
Story Published: Jan 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM PST
As millions more dollars are set to be raised at Friday's Live Aid style cross-continental "Hope For Haiti" telethon, it will cap a week of global relief efforts that still seem infinitesimal considering the scale of the unfolding catastrophe.