HLLN Haiti News: Haiti Orphan Appeal: “I’m not an orphan” says 8-year old kidnapped victim

2 February, 2010 — margueritelaurent.com

Recommended HLLN Link: The Collar of Impunity: Sexual abuse of Haiti children by Priests, Charity Workers by Ezili Dantò bit.ly/879eXs

Day One in Haiti : Douglas Perlitz sexually abusing Haiti children By: Paul Kendrick bit.ly/bMs5hJ

Day Two in Haiti (Pre-Earthquake) bit.ly/dqA4yf

Day Three in Haiti bit.ly/d7MFM9

– Haiti kidnapped victim’s Appeal: “One (8-year-old) girl was crying, and saying, ‘I am not an orphan. I still have my parents.’ She thought she was going on a summer camp or a boarding school or something like that.” bit.ly/dlpotl

After the admission of the 33 kidnapped children (to SOS), three persons came to the village claiming been the fathers and old brother of five children, they said the woman who took the children to DR said she organised summer camps for the children, and that now, because of the Haitian situation, she offered them to take care of their children in DR but they had not intended it to be permanent.( See- Americans arrested: children brought to SOS, traumaticised state of trafficked children. bit.ly/aCfHrL)

In this post

– American charged with abusing more Haitian boys bit.ly/9joKl3

– Haiti Orphan Appeal: “I’m not an orphan” says 8-year old kidnapped victim bit.ly/dlpotl

See also: Claims of a million earthquake orphans are clearly false and those making them are being irresponsible – bit.ly/bqXOyi

After the admission of the children (to SOS), three persons came to the village claiming been the fathers and old brother of five children, they said the woman who took the children to DR said she organised summer camps for the children, and that now, because of the Haitian situation, she offered them to take care of their children in DR but they had not intended it to be permanent.( See- Americans arrested: children brought to SOS, traumaticised state of trafficked children. bit.ly/aCfHrL)

33 Haitian children kidnapped by Americans. “One (8-year-old) girl was crying, and saying, ‘I am not an orphan. I still have my parents.’ And she thought she was going on a summer camp or a boarding school or something like that.” bit.ly/bos0Vo

10 Americans Arrested in Haiti Await Charges bit.ly/cfJ6Vy

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American charged with abusing more Haitian boys bit.ly/9joKl3

An American accused of sexually abusing boys he was supposed to help in Haiti now faces additional charges, federal court records show.

Douglas Perlitz, 39, was arrested in September after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 counts related to the abuse of nine boys over a period of 10 years. Last week, a superseding indictment brought an additional nine counts against Perlitz, and alleges he abused a total of 18 boys.

Perlitz founded and operated a home and school for needy children in Haiti, known as Project Pierre Toussaint, which has since closed.

He is accused of enticing the boys with promises of food and shelter and with gifts such as cell phones and cash, in exchange for sexual acts.

According to the new indictment in federal district court in Connecticut, Perlitz provided money and told one of the boys that he would not be kicked out of the school even if he failed his classes. He allegedly offered another boy and his family money and other benefits, and in another case, gave a television, shoes, clothes and meals to another boy, all in exchange for sexual acts and their silence.

Those who did not cooperate with Perlitz were denied benefits, the indictment states.

Perlitz was arrested in September at his home in Colorado, but he had lived for years in Haiti, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Haiti Fund Inc., the nonprofit fundraising arm of his project, was incorporated in Connecticut, where Perlitz had attended Fairfield University.

If convicted, Perlitz would face a maximum of 30 years in prison and fine of $2.5 million, according to the Justice Department.

See also: Perlitz Faces Nine Additional Charges of abusing children in Haiti bit.ly/ddPqrk

Accused Pedophile -John Duarte Fallen angels: Beloved missionary built aid dynasty bit.ly/96rsCO

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Haiti Orphan Appeal: “I’m not an orphan” says 8-year old kidnapped victim bit.ly/dlpotl

Although the ten Americans arrested for illegal transportation of children are reported as claiming that the children were all orphans from an orphanage in Haiti, the story told by the children contradicts this strongly.

“I am no orphan” said one 8 year old transportee. Her mother had told her she was going off on a short holiday. The family of five others has arrived at the SOS Children’s Villages with leaflets they had been given when their child was taken, promising a better life with a swimming pool and tennis courts. Some of these children obviously still have parents who appear to have been persuaded to hand over their children under false pretenses. The allegations have to be thoroughly investigated but the Haitian police consider this incident as organised child trafficking. The group runs an adoption camp in the Dominican Republic where prospective parents can come and stay while formal adoption papers are arranged.

SOS Children have repeated spoken out since the disaster about gross exaggeration of the number of earthquake orphans and cautioning against wholesale evacuation and adoption. These kind of unauthorised removals of children with family from Haiti confirm our view.

This incident again highlights the absolute necessity to provide appropriate care and protection especially for children in emergency situations. As urged recently in a joint statement by members of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s Working Group on Children without Parental Care (Geneva) and the NGO Committee on UNICEF Working Group on Children without Parental Care (New York), all stakeholders (the Government of Haiti, as well as all local, national and international governmental and non-governmental agencies) must prevent unnecessary separation of families, inept and potentially harmful evacuation efforts and prevent the trafficking of children through inappropriate or unlawful inter-country adoptions in emergency situations. The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, the first international document on the care of children without parental care in non-emergency and emergency situations, provides clear guidance on how to act in such exceptional circumstances. Why these UN Guidelines (which SOS took a major part in drawing up) are being ignored is unclear.

See also: Claims of a million earthquake orphans are clearly false and those making them are being irresponsible – bit.ly/bqXOyi

Trafficked children found in bad state bit.ly/aCfHrL

Stop wholesale evacuation and adoption Do not adopt earthquake orphans bit.ly/98ctAY

We are the Haitians: From womb to tomb our lives are struggle bit.ly/bWNFg3

A message to Paul Farmer, the Senate, Dobbins & Francois bit.ly/dbjfio

Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

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