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 Shantella Y. Sherman - WI Staff Writer
Long before the candlelight vigil Wed., Jan 13, outside the Haitian Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest, throngs of concerned Haitian Americans showed up seeking answers. Many understood that questions concerning the whereabouts of relatives living or working near Port-au-Prince during the 7.0 seismic earthquake that rocked the region, could not be definitely answered. Still, what Marie-Lisette Edouard called the Haitian spirit, brought hundreds out to offer their assistance and support to others.
By EVENS SANON and JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press writers
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is criticizing a decision by Haiti's electoral council to exclude more than a dozen political parties from next year's legislative elections.
In a letter sent Wednesday to President Rene Preval, she urged the president to ensure the provisional electoral council provides a complete, public explanation for the disqualifications and to reinstate unlawfully banned parties before parliamentary elections Feb. 28.