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.

Upcoming Events

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 Current Action Alerts

Urge your Representatives to take action to prevent hunger and food insecurity in Haiti

Ask them to prioritize strengthening Haiti’s agricultural resilience in international policymaking and development processes by supporting local production for local consumption and by emphasizing environmental sustainability.  


Call and write your Member of Congress to extend TPS for Haitians 

TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) FOR 50,000 HAITIANS ENDS JULY 22 UNLESS DHS SEC. KELLY EXTENDS IT SOON – BUT IT’S AT GRAVE RISK!

 

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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

Uncategorized

Haiti TPS extended for 18 months before termination – HAWG statements

Tuesday evening the Administration announced that TPS for Haitians would be extended for 18 months ahead of the program’s termination. HAWG members are concerned that the decision was made solely based on evaluating conditions after the earthquake almost 8 years ago. Compounding effects of cholera, food insecurity and multiple hurricanes have left Haiti very vulnerable to minor shocks. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report, Uncategorized

1804 Institute launches new report on corruption

Stronger Institutions in Haiti: Can transparency and accountability make a difference in Haiti?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Corruption! Embezzlement! Poverty! The Senate’s report on Petro Caribe provides a glimpse into the depth of the culture of corruption that seems to have characterized Haiti’s governance for the past ten years. This is a crucial time for Haitians to begin a serious dialogue about the role that transparency and accountability can play in strengthening their public institutions. Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy, Uncategorized

Haitian Faith leaders write in support of TPS extension

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 November 16, 2017

RE: Request from Haitian Religious Leaders to Re-Designate and Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for 18 Months

Dear Acting Secretary Duke:

We are writing as pastors and other faith leaders who are directly from Haitian heritage. Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy

Diaz Balart and Nelson advocate in favor of TPS at DHS meeting

Diaz-Balart and Nelson Advocate for Haiti TPS in Meeting with DHS Acting Secretary Duke

Nov 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statement after he and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.

“I am glad I was able to meet with Acting Secretary Duke to continue advocating for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States.

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Climate Change, Uncategorized

Haiti receives new GEF money to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew

Disaster reduction finance: prevention is better than recovery

Disaster reduction finance: prevention is better than recovery

Sponsored content: At recent meetings at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the GEF pushed for more money to be spent in advance of disasters

Puerto Rican residents walk in flooded streets in the capital San Juan, September 22, 2017, following Hurricane Maria.

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Immigration and deportation advocacy

ICYMI: A summary of recent articles, letters, editorials about Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

The following is a testimony to the high level of advocacy, civic engagement, Congressional outreach and also sheer determination of various Haiti, immigrants rights and other groups to keep TPS for Haitians high on the public agenda.

Protecting families, stabilizing the region: Why Temporary Protected Status is needed for Haiti“, 30-page CLINIC report and press release, November 2, 2017

US Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Booker, and Menendez Write Secretaries Tillerson and Duke Urging 18 Months’ Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” October 31, 2017

U.S. Read More

Climate Change, Food Crisis, Food Sovereignty

Rising to the challenges of hunger, environment & climate

Against a background of growing hunger, environmental damage and climate change, Haiti rises to its challenges.

Last February, four members of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group traveled to Haiti at the invitation of the then Minister of Environment, Simon Dieseul Desras.  In  preceding weeks, HAWG members have written blogs, offered reflections and video diaries of their trip.   Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy

Are you faith organization or leader? Consider signing our interfaith letter on TPS!

 

Dear Faith-based organizations and faith leaders:

Please consider signing onto this national, state, and local letter urging Secretary Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants. This letter was authored by Catholic Legal Immigration Network in consultation with our affiliate network, Church World Service, and other immigrant advocates and organizations. Read More