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Congresswoman Waters to Host Briefing on Who Runs Haiti?

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.


  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Member of Congres
  • Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
  • Minister Rene Magloire, Vice-President, Haitian Presidential Commission on Justice Reform, and former Minister of Justice  (1995-96, 2006-2008)
  • Brian Concannon, Director, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
  • Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
  • Marguerite Salomon, Haitian grassroots activist and leader of a Haitian women's organization
  • Peter Sollis, Senior Advisor in the Haiti Response Group, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Michelle Karshan, Founder and Director, Alternative Chance

WHAT: Briefing on "Who Runs Haiti?  A Discussion of Governance, Political Power, and Democracy in Haiti, Two Years After the Earthquake."

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHERE: 2456 Rayburn Building, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC.

WHY: Stable, effective and democratic governance is essential for Haiti's recovery and development following the devastating 2010 earthquake.  This briefing will examine Haiti's political process, including the roles of the President, the Prime Minister, and members of Parliament; the various political parties in Parliament and who they represent; and the influence of various interest groups and stakeholders, including the wealthy elites, the business sector, and the impoverished majority.  Panelists will also discuss proposals for judicial reform, human rights issues, and the opportunities and challenges facing grassroots activists.


 To read more about Congresswoman Waters' longtime work on Haiti, click here.