March 23, 2011
CUNY Law Adjunct Professor Lisa Davis, who teaches in the Law School’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR), will testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on March 25th in Washington, D.C. Davis, who is also the Human Rights Advocacy Director for MADRE, will discuss the ongoing threat of sexual violence faced by women and girls in Haiti’s displacement camps and the need for immediate implementation of the IACHR’s recommendations.
CUNY Law, MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Women’s Link Worldwide submitted a legal petition to the IACHR, calling for immediate action to address the epidemic of rape in Haiti’s displacement camps. Prof. Davis traveled with IWHR students, along with co-advocates, to Haiti on fact-finding missions to document the abuse in order to provide supporting evidence for the petition that was submitted to IACHR.
CUNY Law students visited several different sites, including camps in Martissant and Champ de Mars. Students also met daily with local grassroots women’s groups, such as KOFAVIV (The Commission of Women Victims to Victims), to record information about life in the camps, specifically gender-based violence. The others who are testifying include Malya Appolon-Villard, Marie Eramithe Delva and Jocie Philistin of KOFAVIV, and Katherine Romero, a Staff Attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide.
- UPDATE 4/3/2011: An Epidemic of Rape for Haiti’s Displaced (NY Times)
- Clinic Students in Haiti: Documenting Rape and Sexual Assaults, Meeting with UN Officials, Huffington Post Covers
- Prof. Lisa Davis on Sexual Violence in Haiti
- Inter-American Commission Issues Unprecedented Recommendation to End Sexual Violence of Displaced Women, Based on IWHR Petition