Who We Are

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) is a coalition of international development, human rights, and faith-based organizations that advocates for aid accountability, democracy, and social justice in U.S.-Haiti policy. The HAWG aims to amplify Haitian voices in policymaking processes at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the Administration, and International Financial Institutions. Since the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, the HAWG has worked to ensure a just reconstruction and recovery effort in Haiti. Learn More

What We Do

The HAWG is a reliable resource for analysis, advocacy and activism on Haiti. Participating groups meet regularly in Washington, DC to share timely information from Haiti and to coordinate advocacy efforts. We organize briefings on Capitol Hill and private meetings with policy-makers that are often the only gatherings to include Haitian civil society leaders. HAWG sub-committees dig deep into issues that relate to unmet and emerging needs on a variety of issues including cholera, climate change, aid accountability, democracy and elections.

What You Can Do

Help keep Haiti on policy-maker's radar. Sign up to receive updates about emerging issues and action alerts. Look here for opportunities to call Congress, join a twitter campaign and be a human rights defender.

Current Actions


Tell DHS to keep families together & reverse US detention and deportations policy for Haitians



Donate to groups partnering LOCALLY for Hurricane response:

See also: Best Practices for Hurricane Recovery

Read the organizational statements on Hurricane Matthew from HAWG members.

Other Suggestions from From Edwidge Danticat:

“These are primarily organizations that have been working in the most affected areas for years and are, for the most part, Haitian-led. A few of these organizations are schools or educational institutions. When a school–however small–has been a trusted part of a community for a long time, families will look to that place for immediate and ongoing support in rebuilding after a disaster like this.”

1. Gaskov Clerge Foundation
2. Fondation Aquin Solidarite
3. The Three Little Flowers Center
4. Paradis des Indiens
5. Project Saint Anne
6. Fonkoze
7. The Lanbi Fund of Haiti
8. Flying High for Haiti
9. Saint Boniface Foundation
10. PRODEV Haiti

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Aid Accountability

The HAWG believes that consultation and coordination with domestic Haitian organizations and the Government of Haiti is critical to successful development, and advocates for systematic documentation of aid disbursement to ensure aid accountability and efficacy.
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Cholera Epidemic

The HAWG calls on the United Nations to fund and implement the Cholera Elimination Plan.
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Climate Change

Haiti is particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change -- including destructive hurricanes, droughts, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels-- which jeopardize Haitians' food security, infrastructure, and physical safety. Learn More

Elections and Democracy

The HAWG advocates for fair and timely elections free from intimidation, violence, and voter fraud.
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Latest news

Gender & Human Rights

Action: Reverse US detention, deportations policy for Haitians

Action Alert from Church World Service:

Last weekend, Hurricane Matthew decimated Haiti, a country that was already struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the wake of the earthquake, the U.S. government promised to help displaced Haitians and support the country’s recovery. The U.S. government designated Haitians who were already in the United States in 2011 for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Media

Rep. Barbara Lee on Matthew’s Impact on U.S. & Haiti

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Hurricane Matthew’s Impact in the US & Haiti

Oakland, California – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement urging the global community to unite to provide humanitarian aid for Haiti:

“My thoughts are with the people of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by the Hurricane Matthew. Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Media

Faith leaders to Obama: Take Action on Cholera!


Contact: Jasmine Huggins, Church World Service (202) 481-6942 | Charissa Zehr, Mennonite Central Committee (202) 544-6564

Faith Leaders Urge Obama Administration to take a leadership role in eliminating cholera in Haiti

Tuesday, October 11, Washington, D.C. – As cholera cases spike in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, more than 60 faith-based organizations and religious groups sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry, urging them to exercise leadership at the United Nations (UN) to ensure that concrete steps are taken to eliminate the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti in 2010 by UN peacekeepers.  Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty, Housing

Best Practices for Hurricane Recovery

Based on years of organizational experience that many HAWG members have in disaster response and recovery, they share best practices from lessons learned on the ground. We hope that all organizations responding in Haiti will share in these practices:

1. Support local community collaborations and initiatives. Haitian community networks mobilized to relocate, shelter and protect Matthew victims. Read More

Gender & Human Rights

Beyond the Disaster Narrative…

A long-time HAWG collaborator, Professor Mark Schuller has written many times about NGOs and disaster response. He offers an important list of “lessons learned” from past recovery operations and how we must be cautious to not keep reinforcing the same cycle.

People watch as river waters roll through Port-au-Prince on Oct.
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From the Embassy of Haiti on Hurricane Matthew


Dear Esteemed Friends of the Embassy of Haiti,

I hope this message finds you well during this difficult time for the Caribbean region.

As you are aware, a category 4 storm landed in Haiti on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left substantial damage in many regions of the country, destroying homes, businesses and lives. Read More