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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

March 5, 2010 In The News

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.

March 4, 2010 Press Release
Haiti Debt Relief Advances
February 4, 2010 Press Release
Haiti Debt Cancellation Bill
February 1, 2010 Press Release
letter to Sec. Clinton
January 29, 2010 Press Release
Haiti return
January 27, 2010 In The News

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. talked with Aaron Banks from ONE this morning about the campaign, and their expectations for success:

January 26, 2010 In The News

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.

January 22, 2010 In The News

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.

January 20, 2010 Press Release
Haiti Debt Relief, Action