GARR’s Colette Lespinasse, speaking at the GBV Briefing

 Speaker Bios

HAITIAN GRASSROOTS LEADERS

Marie-Ange Noel, Coordinator of FANM DESIDE (Women Decide). Member of Je nan Je Land and Housing Rights Platform.  This grassroots organization is based in Jacmel, in the south, and has a successful 20-year history of promoting women’s rights, democratic rights and access to judicial and government services. Marie-Ange is a dynamic women’s rights activist and expert, who has vast experience working with the Haitian Ministry of the Condition of Women and advocating for progressive Haitian policy reform. Fanm Deside has worked with international agencies like UNICEF and ActionAid to advocate for women’s and girls’ rights through improved access to health care, legal reform, judicial reform and overall Haitian government policy reform.

Pierre DouDou, National Coordinator of RENHASSA (National Coalition for Food Security and Food Sovereignty)Member of Je nan Je Land and Housing Rights Platform.  DouDou also spoke at the CBC Foundation annual conference. He is a passionate expert on food security and food sovereignty, working with a large national coalition of peasant movements throughout the country. He and RENHASSA have also been closely researching the effects of the Northern Industrial Park on the farmers and rural populations in the north, the precedent for land reform that the park created and the need for inclusive land and agriculture policies that prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable.

Jean Robert Pierre, Coordinator of COZPAM (Community Association Platform of the Metropolitan Zone of Port-au-Prince)Member of Je nan Je Land and Housing Rights PlatformJean Robert has been an active coordinator for COZPAM for over 7 years. COZPAM is a platform for 50 local/grass roots organizations in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, working to address housing needs and rights violations, support for camp members and overall advocacy at the regional, national and international level.

Emmania Duchard, Coordinator, KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims). KOFAVIV is a nonprofit Haitian women’s organization formed in late 2004 by a group of women from poor neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince who faced gender-based violence during the 1991-94 military dictatorship. This community is helping women and girls who have been sexually assaulted access medical and psychosocial care, and seek legal aid. Their work on all fronts has resulted in being able to collect data from emergency calls, generate monthly reports on incidents and maps dangerous areas to share with government and international bodies.

Marguerite Solomon, Director of GCFV (Group Concertation des Femmes Victims or Consultation Group for Women Victims). Created in 1995, GCFV is a Haitian nonprofit community organization composed exclusively of women who were victims of sexual violence after the coup of September 11, 1991 and the recent political turmoil in Haiti. Since its founding, GCFV has launched many initiatives to provide leadership, support, training and education to Haitian women, especially those who are victims of violence, aggression and discrimination.

Collette Lespinasse, National Coordinator of GARR (Support Group for Repatriates and Refugees). The United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti invited Collette Lespinasse to be a special Civil Society Representative at the original Donors Conference in March, 2010, due to her great expertise in working with Haitian Grassroots networks on human rights issues and her knowledge of policy needs concerning the right to land and housing.

Antonal Mortime, Executive Secretary of POHDH (Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations). POHDH is a coalition of 8 organizations working together to monitor human rights and camp conditions across the more than 1,300 refugee camps established in Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake. Antonal brings a high level of expertise and experience working on IDP camp conditions, evictions and the overall advocacy work on housing and human rights.

Dr. Ralph Ternier, Director of Community Care and Support, Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health. Dr. Ternier earned his medical degree in 2002 from the State University Medical School of Haiti, where he was born and raised. After completing his internship at the Partners In Health Clinic at Belladere in Central Haiti, Dr. Ternier became Director of the HIV/TB/STD Program there in 2003 and was appointed Medical Director in 2004. Following the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Ternier undertook leadership of repatriation initiatives that returned home hundreds of Haitians displaced to the Dominican Republic.

Rene Magloire, USIP Consultant, Former Haitian Minister of Justice and Public Security. Rene Magloire is currently serves as a consultant for the US Institute of Peace. He is a former Special Advisor to President Rene Preval of Haiti in charge of the modernization of the Penal Code and the Penal Procedure Code. He is a specialist in Criminal Justice and Police Reform. His areas of expertise include comparative criminal law and criminal procedure. He served as Commission of the National Truth and Justice Commission prior to 2002. He also served as Minister of Justice and Public Security of Haiti between 1995 and 1996 and between 2006 and 2008. He is a retired member of the Cap Haitian Bar association.

US HAITIAN AMERICAN DIASPORA LEADERS

Dominique Toussaint, Chairman of the Board, Mobilize for Haiti. A not-for-profit organization formed to dramatically increase Haiti’s emergency preparedness, to build a 911 style emergency dispatch system and to promote adoption of a national emergency plan for the Republic of Haiti. Toussaint was appointed Manager of The Command Center at the Embassy of Haiti by Ambassador Raymond Joseph.  He is Vice President of the Board of The Haiti Renewal Alliance and a member of the Haiti Redevelopment and Reconstruction Task Force.

Manolia Charlotin, Editor, Boston Haitian Reporter. Manolia has been an Editor and Business Manager for the Boston Haitian Reporter for the past 2 years. She is an active member and leader with the Haitian American community. She received her degree in Broadcast Communications from the New England Institute of Art.

US NGO/ACADEMIC LEADERS

Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, and Director of the Global Justice Clinic. She serves as Faculty Director of the Root-Tilden-Kern program. Her recent scholarship includes Indicators in Crisis: Rights-Based Humanitarianism in Post-Earthquake Haiti, forthcoming in the N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics.

Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He has written numerous research papers on economic policy, especially on Latin America and international economic policy.

Dr. Jon Andrus, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAH/WHO). Dr Andrus has been serving as lead senior technical advisor for PAHO’s immunization program, where he has been a forceful advocate for spreading the benefits of vaccination.

Brian Concannon, Founder/Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.  Co-managed the BAI in Haiti for eight years, from 1996–2004, and worked for the United Nations as a Human Rights Offi­cer in 1995–1996. He founded IJDH, and has been the Direc­tor since 2004. He helped pre­pare the pros­e­cu­tion of the Raboteau Mas­sacre trial in 2000, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant human rights cases any­where in the West­ern Hemi­sphere. He has rep­re­sented Hait­ian polit­i­cal pris­on­ers before the Inter-American Com­mis­sion on Human Rights.

Michelle Karshan, Founder and Director of Alternative Chance and Li Li Li Read ! Michelle has worked on Haiti over the past 25 years in a variety of contexts, including as a radio journalist, a US-based solidarity activist, and served as the Foreign Press Liaison for Presidents Aristide and Preval for 9 years in Haiti.  Karshan is founder and director of Alternative Chance, which provides services and advocacy for criminal deportees from the US. She is Vice President, and former Haiti Coordinator, of Health Through Walls, an NGO working to reinforce the delivery of health care in resource poor prisons — including in Haiti’s national prisons. Following the earthquake, Michelle and her daughters founded Li, Li, Li! Read, a storybook reading out loud program in Haiti’s tent camps.

US INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION LEADERS

Peter Sollis, Senior Advisor in the Haiti Response Group, Inter-American Development Bank. Peter joined the Bank in 1996 and worked in operations in Central America. In 2005, he was Special Advisor in the Bank’s representation in Haiti. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America and Visiting Scholar at the School of International Service at American University. In the 1980s he worked with Oxfam UK, including as Field Director in Peru and Mexico for the Andean and Central American regions, respectively. He has a Ph.D. from University College London.

US GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Ambassador Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator.  Leading all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts, Ambassador Goosby oversees implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He serves on the Operations Committee that leads the U.S. Global Health Initiative, along with the heads of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Jordan W. Tappero, Director for the Health Systems Reconstruction Office of the Centers for Disease Control.  From August through December 2009, Dr. Tappero was detailed to the Departmentt. of Health and Human Services to serve as the CDC Liaison to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Response.

Thomas Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. Department of State. Thomas Adams was named Special Coordinator for Haiti in September 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mr. Adams is returning to the Department after retiring in June of 2008 from a 35-year career in the U.S. Government, with much of it focused on managing foreign assistance. Mr. Adams was designated Coordinator of Assistance to Europe and Eurasia in February, 2005, by President Bush, and served in that position until his retirement, responsible for the design and implementation of all U.S. assistance programs for the 29 countries. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Coordinator for 5 years, and spent 2 years as the Deputy Director of the Department’s Management Policy and Planning Staff. He also spent 11 years as a Foreign Service Officer, serving as a management officer in Zanzibar, Hungary, Belgium and the Department of State, and 11 years at the U.S. Customs Service, rising to become a Director of International Programs.

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