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Webinar "Walking on Bare Feet: the situation of working children in Haiti"

Date

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time

11:00 AM America/New_York

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Agenda

The restavek system is a form of modern-day child slavery that persists in Haiti, affecting one in every 15 children.

Typically born into poor rural families, restavek children are often given to relatives or strangers.

In their new homes, they become domestic slaves, performing menial tasks for no pay.  UNICEF estimates that there are 250, 000 children in Haiti living as restaveks. The phenomenon is widely believed to have started as a means for poor parents to give their children a better life. The children would receive education, food, and care in exchange for their services. However, this is not the reality for restaveks today. Now, restavek children serve as unpaid domestic servants or household slaves. This webinar aims to analyze the childrenĀ“s migration within Haiti and to describe the phenomenon of the restavek system, as well as share the work of accompaniment and solidarity that the Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice/House of Hope develops with these children.

Before attending this webinar, Global Ministries highly recommends reading this advocacy backgrounder on human trafficking in Haiti. 

Read more about House of Hope here.

Presenter

Polycarpe Joseph

Polycarpe Joseph is the Executive Director of the Ecumenical Foundation for Peace Justice (FOPJ) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. House of Hope is one of the projects sponsored by the FOPJ.