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[The Haitian American Leadership Initiative presents an online conference with relevant experts discussing the topic: "Does Haiti's current security crisis constitute a threat to the region?"]

The Haitian American Leadership Initiative (H.A.L.I.) has invited some of the most notable experts to discuss the current security situation in Haiti. In a global conference that will stream live on the major social medium platforms on October 6, 2022, starting at 6:30PM ET, speakers such as Dr. Prospère Charles, Mr. Ashley Laraque, Col. Himmler Rébu, Professor. Selena M. Respass, Professor. Michael P. Stevens, and Dr. Rosalynde Fenner will offer intelligent, compelling, and enlightening perspectives on the danger of the chaotic climate that is currently prevailing in the country. Chief Karls Paul-Noel, Vice-President of H.A.L.I. and Mrs. Elizabeth Guerin, Journalist and Co-owner of Island TV will moderate the conversation.

This rich exchange of ideas and perspectives is intended to heighten the global community's awareness on the multi prong humanitarian catastrophe that is looming in Haiti. The situation has worsened with the constitutional void created by the assassination, a year ago, of the country’s president, Jovenel Moise. The condition on the ground is turning into complete chaos resulting to increasing inflation, gross incompetence, and irrational economic decisions by the de facto regime in Haiti.

On August 1, 2022, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti investigation indicated: “In less than three weeks, at least 94 residents were killed, more than 120 were injured by gunfire and 12 others disappeared. In addition, at least 96 gang members were killed or wounded.” Meanwhile, the international community seems to adopt a dangerous policy of wait-and-see in the face of a crisis that has consolidated the power of armed gangs and encouraged the proliferation and dealing of illegal weapons in Haiti. This frightening reality creates a fertile ground for potentially all sorts of international criminal activities including human trafficking and terrorism.

This unprecedented security condition has already exacerbated and started to spill beyond Haiti's territory, as evidenced by increased tensions at the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Furthermore, thousands of Haitian migrants continue to risk their lives and journey toward the borders of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. This disheartening situation can no longer be ignored neither can it be patched by cosmetic and incoherent solutions.

This conference is in keeping with H.A.L.I.’s mission “to sensitize stakeholders and policy makers to the concerns and issues” facing Haitian nationals in Haiti and abroad.

To register and learn more visit the folowing page, EVENT or scan our QR code below.

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