Under Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman represented the United States at a Canadian-hosted high-level ministerial meeting Jan. 21 that included senior Haitian government officials, 15 partner nations, and several international organizations to discuss sustainable and inclusive solutions to the challenges encountered. by Haiti and Haitians. Participants included Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as the EU and multiple international organizations. The ministerial reaffirmed the continued international commitment to support Haiti as it faces growing insecurity, strives to restore its democratic institutions and reinvigorate the country’s economic development.

Continued support for the Haitian people

  • The United States extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the January 24 earthquakes.
  • We will continue to stand by the Haitian people and help them recover from this natural disaster.
  • In response to increased humanitarian needs in Haiti, USAID provided more than $92 million in assistance in fiscal year 2021, including approximately $86 million in emergency funding and nearly $6 million for early recovery, risk reduction and resilience programs (ER4).
  • To respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, USAID provided nearly $37 million to Haiti to build laboratory and testing capacity, case management, infection prevention and control, supply medical oxygen and vaccination, as well as to provide humanitarian assistance to meet immediate food needs. , health, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene needs.
  • The United States has also donated approximately 500,000 doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided $34 million to support COVID-19 response efforts with $3 million specifically for vaccine administration. The CDC has also purchased durable laboratory equipment for decentralized COVID-19 testing (PCR and GeneXpert machines) and is supporting health systems strengthening for COVID-19 variant surveillance and vaccine adverse event monitoring.
  • U.S. Southern Command donated four field hospitals, 12 ventilators, 11 ultra-low temperature freezers, and additional hygiene kits and personal protective equipment to Haiti to help respond to the pandemic of COVID-19 and other emerging health crises. The equipment and materials donated are worth more than $5 million.
  • To combat growing food insecurity in Haiti, USAID has provided more than $33.75 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and six organizations non-governmental organizations in fiscal year 2021 to provide emergency food assistance and complementary services. .
  • Through long-term development programs in Haiti, USAID is providing $75.5 million to promote economic growth, job creation, and agricultural development; provide basic health care and education services; strengthen the resilience of local civil society; supporting electoral processes; and improve government efficiency. In the short term, we help Haitians recover from natural disasters, fight hunger and support the reception and reintegration of returning migrants.
  • In fiscal year 2021, the Department of State provided nearly $6 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Americas Appeal, allowing UNHCR to use the funds where they are most needed in the region, which could include assistance to Haitians. refugees.

Assistance to the investigation following the assassination of President Moïse:

  • Since the assassination of President Moïse, U.S. law enforcement within the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have provided assistance to Haitian authorities in their investigation.
  • The Department of Justice and US law enforcement are also investigating possible violations of US criminal law in connection with this case.

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  • Building law enforcement capacity in Haiti remains a key U.S. priority. We have provided long-standing support to strengthen law enforcement and the capacity of the Haitian National Police to maintain peace and stability, and to respond effectively to civil unrest while respecting human rights .
  • In response to the worsening security situation, the Department of State recently allocated an additional $15 million for a partnership with the Haitian National Police (PNH), including $12 million specifically to build the capacity of the PNH to combat gangs, including community efforts to deter gang recruitment, additional anti-gang experts, and support to set up PNH anti-gang operations. As a direct result of previous/existing support to the PNH School, the number of officers trained has increased from less than 10,000 in 2010 to nearly 14,000 officers today. The Department of State is supporting nine subject matter experts embedded in the PNH leadership and specialized units to build the institution’s capacity to provide election security and support safer communities, safer borders, and prevent civil unrest.
  • The Department of State supports an adviser to the PNH judicial police and recruits an adviser to the Inspector General of the PNH. These advisers help the PNH improve the integrity of the handling of allegations of corruption, human rights abuses, and police misconduct. Their critical investigative capacity-building support will complement assistance to US federal law enforcement.
  • The Department of State continues to support training and procure vehicles, radios, and protective equipment to enhance the HNP’s ability to protect the Haitian people from violence.
  • We continue to encourage Haiti to take a holistic approach to fighting gangs and have allocated $5 million to build the operational capacity of the PNH to fight gangs while simultaneously working at the community level to improve safety and resilience. . We encourage Core Group members and key international partners to consider contributing to the fight against insecurity in Haiti.

Electoral assistance

  • USAID currently supports pre-election activities for the legislative and presidential elections when conditions permit. USAID has provided more than $3 million to the Consortium for Strengthening Elections and Political Processes, which includes the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
  • These activities focus on improving electoral administration, enhancing the competitiveness of political parties, educating voters about electoral processes, promoting electoral transparency and ensuring inclusive voter participation.
  • USAID provides technical assistance to the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti (CEP) through CEPPS/IFES to build the capacity of electoral authorities to conduct free and fair elections. This includes technical assistance for strategic planning, information technology and training of CEP staff, Communal Electoral Office and Departmental Electoral Office staff.

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