[act-ma] Feb. 11 @ 6pm: HAITI - Human rights and the politics of aid: A discussion with Lamp for Haiti

Deepa Panchang dpanchang at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 23:16:19 PST 2011

*Human rights and the politics of aid: A discussion with Lamp for Haiti
Friday, February 11 @ 6 pm
Harvard School of Public Health, 2nd floor Kresge
Sponsored by: UnityAyiti and Healthroots

*Come hear from Regine Theodat, Haitian-American lawyer with Lamp for Haiti
who runs the organization's new human rights office in the midst of Cite
We plan to discuss...

-- A human rights perspective on the NGO/UN system
-- MINUSTAH (the UN "stabilization" force) and its political context
-- Cite Soleil: dispelling myths and confronting challenges
-- The role of law in community-based human rights work
-- How US based solidarity activism can help support human rights work in

*For more information on Lamp for Haiti: http://www.lampforhaiti.org/*

*Lamp for Haiti: Who we Are*

The LAMP for Haiti is an apolitical, nonsectarian humanitarian organization,
founded in 2006 by Thomas Griffin, Esq. and James Morgan, MD. This
nongovernmental organization (NGO) was begun to redress the consequences of
unmitigated poverty so starkly evident in the Haitian urban setting, in
particular in the slum of Cite Soleil, located adjacent to the national
airport in the country’s capitol, Port-au-Prince. While the average person
in Haiti lives on about one US dollar per day, the Cite Soleil resident
barely gets by on a fraction of this amount. It is estimated that about
300,000 people reside in that particular slum (roughly one-tenth of the
population of the capitol itself).

The Lamp Foundation is a not for profit corporation whose mission is to work
together with the people of Haiti, to advocate for the respect and
protection of basic human rights in the areas of greatest misery and poverty
in the capital city of Port-Au-Prince. In pursuit of this mission, the Lamp
provides basic health care, investigates allegations of human right abuses,
and provides educational and humanitarian aid. The Lamp does not support or
oppose any government or political system. We are solely concerned with the
impartial protection of all basic human rights.
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