The restavek system is a form of modern-day child
slavery that persists in Haiti, affecting one in every 15
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 children´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
this advocacy backgrounder on human trafficking in
about House of Hope here.