Haitian agents advocate for victims of gender-based violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Jayne E. Fleming is a San Francisco-based human rights attorney who is filing humanitarian parole applications for Haitian victims of gender-based violence. Many of Fleming’s clients are referrals from KOFAVIV and FAVILEK agents who advocate for victims in twenty-two tent camps in Port-au-Prince. The agents provide accompaniment and referrals for legal assistance, psycho-social support and medical care. Fleming is at capacity with sixty clients. The troubling reality is that there is simply not enough legal capacity to advocate for all of the victims. With no rule of law, police protection or legal deterrent the perpetrators will continue to brutalize women and girls with impunity.
KOFAVIV (The Commission of Women Victims for Victims) and FAVILEK are grassroots women’s organizations established by and for rape survivors of the military coup d’etats against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and 2004, which resulted in the widespread rape of women by soldiers and police.