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.

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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

Rep. Wilson on the Anniversary of D.R. Decision to strip Citizenship

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent

Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent.

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Cholera Epidemic, Media

Join the #EndHaitiCholera campaign!

Please join us in telling the Obama Administration that there is still time to make a significant impact on cholera in Haiti before the end of his term! The State Department can build momentum at the UN and take a strong stand for cholera victims and their families, cholera treatment, and long-term water and sanitation investment in Haiti. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Haiti Elections Report: “Neutrality and Independence Essential for October Elections”

From the National Lawyers Guild, International Association for Democratic Lawyers & The Haiti Support Group:
New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015,
neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections

(NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows.
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Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Sovereignty

Students at E. Michigan U Interview Haitians on Peanut Dump

A report from a group of Eastern Michigan University students in regards to Haiti and the planned peanut dump from The United States Department of Agriculture:

Haiti Doesn’t Need Our Handouts

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to dump 500 metric tons (over 1 million pounds) of American peanuts into the country of Haiti. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

US Representative Frederica Wilson issues statement in light of UN’s admission of role in cholera epidemic

Last week, Representative Frederica Wilson issued a statement in response to the New York Times article that announced the UN’s acknowledgement of its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak.

In her press release, Congresswoman Wilson stated,

Today’s announcement is a major first step in righting a wrong. While I welcome the UN’s assumption of responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, it must be followed with concrete actions that include making cholera victims and their families whole, and investments towards eradicating the epidemic.”

For six years, the HAWG has worked closely with Congresswoman Wilson’s office on the issue of cholera, advocating for UN accountability and a just response to the crisis. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

ICYMI: UN Admits Role in Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group welcomes the recent UN statement that acknowledges their role in the cholera outbreak that has caused so much illness and death since the mismanagement of wastewater from the UN base in the Artibonite region of Haiti. For 6 years, members of the HAWG have been working to address the cholera epidemic at many levels – in the health sector, in water and sanitation infrastructure funding, and seeking a claims mechanism for victims. Read More

Climate Change

HAWG bids farewell to Adulin Prophete, CWS Intern

HAWG bids a fond farewell to Adulin Prophete, CWS intern, who also worked with the HAWG on Adulin Propheteclimate change this summer. Adulin played an essential role in taking forward the work of the HAWG’s climate change subgroup, liaising with climate partners in Haiti, civil society and representatives from the Ministry of Environment. Read More

Elections and Democracy

US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections

Dismayed by the decision to rerun controversial and fraud-plagued presidential elections, the US State Department announced on Thursday a suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said the decision was communicated to Haitian authorities last week, noting that the US “has provided over $30 million in assistance” for elections and that the move would allow the US “to maintain priority assistance” for ongoing projects. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Caracol

IDB Puts Its Weight Behind Low-Wage Jobs and Public-Private Partnerships Through Investment in Caracol Plant

A survey of funding commitments to Haiti made by the Inter-American Development Bank, the main multilateral donor in Haiti, shows that the approach of creating low-wage jobs through public-private partnerships occupies a significant portion of the bank’s investments in Haiti.

IDB Projects Approved by YearThe analysis shows that following an increase in pledges immediately following the 2010 earthquake, the Inter-American Development Bank has pledged consistent amounts of money to Haiti since 2011. Read More