Archive for February, 2013

In newly published court documents, Haitian sexual abuse victims of Douglas Perlitz testify that former PPT staff member, Jessica Lozier, paid money in exchange for victims’ silence.

Here’s one victim’s testimony:

“I denied any sexual abuse by Perlitz while I was living at 14K after Perlitz left Haiti. Jessica Lozier leased the house for us in exchange for our support of Perlitz, which included denying any abuse. At the time I agreed to this I had nowhere else to live.”

Lozier is a student at the University of Queensland School of Medicine in Brisborne, Australia.



See below for a copy of a letter written approximately 15 years ago to U.S. citizen, Michael Geilenfeld, founder and executive director of the St. Joseph’s Family of Homes located near Port au Prince, Haiti.

Geilenfeld and Hearts with Haiti, a North Carolina based non-profit that raises money for the St. Joseph’s Homes, has filed a defamation law suit against long time child protection advocate, Paul Kendrick.

In a February 7, 2013 article about the law suit that was published in the Bangor Daily News, Geilenfeld’s lawyer, Peter DeTroy of Portland, ME, stated, “The reality is there are no kids being abused or who have been abused.”

DeTroy has never met the alleged Haitian child sex abuse abuse victims, nor has he ever sat face to face with them and listened to their horrific and pain filled stories.

“A child sex abuse victim’s biggest fear is that they won’t be believed,” says Michael Sweatt, a victim of abuse at Cheverus High School and a member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition.

In fall 2007, when students at Project Pierre Toussaint (PPT) in Cap Haitien, Haiti first began to speak about their abuse by PPT’s U.S. citizen executive director, no one believed them. Haitian business leaders called them liars and defended the abuser at all costs. Most members of the school’s U.S. board of directors defended the abuser and did not want him to be removed from Haiti.

And yes, victims/survivors, advocates and supporters in Haiti and the U.S. stood side by side with the victims in their pursuit of justice.

Thanks to the investigative skills and persistence of ICE/Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut, the abuser was sentenced to almost 20 years in a U.S. federal prison in December 2010.

In addition, twenty two of the Haitian abuse victims filed a landmark civil lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Connecticut.

“In 1997, when I reported to Cheverus officials that renowned Cheverus track coach, Charles Malia, sexually abused me many years before when I was a 14 year old freshman, no one believed me,” said Sweatt.

“Three years later, seven other former Cheverus students came forward to report their abuse by Malia.

“It wasn’t easy for any of us. Cheverus alumni and faculty chastised us ‘for bringing it up now.’ They said, ‘You are hurting the school.’ Yet, all we really wanted was for kids to be protected from Malia so that no one else would have to experience the horror that we went through.

“At that same time, the chairman of the Cheverus Board of Trustees told an alumnus that ‘If more students were abused by Malia during subsequent years, it will be the fault of these men for not reporting their abuse sooner.’

Blame the victims.

“From the very bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Haitian child abuse victims for their courage to tell the truth and their desire to help protect children.

“I want them to know that there are tens of thousands of victims/survivors, advocates and supporters throughout the world who stand in solidarity with them. They will never be alone,” added Sweatt.

It appears that Attorney Peter DeTroy doesn’t care about any of this. Why else would he issue a statement to the press in which he flat out insinuated that the Haitian sexual abuse victims are liars?

If DeTroy has evidence that the alleged victims are lying, then DeTroy has an obligation to report his findings to United Nations and ICE/Homeland Security investigators.

Lettre de 3 victimes de la Maison Saint-Joseph pour garçons à leur bourreau sexuel Michael Geilenfeld — Port-au-Pirnce, Haiti. – Tuesday, February 08, 2011 – Cyrus SIBERT 

For more information:

Michael Sweatt, Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 207-831-3791

Jimmy Savile: 31 victims of alleged abuse sue BBC and star’s estate

At least another 60 compensation claims over disgraced presenter expected to follow

Jimmy Savile: the BBC faces several compensation claims over alleged abuse by the former Top of the Pops presenter. Photograph: BBC

The Guardian,

Jimmy Savile: the BBC faces several compensation claims over alleged abuse by the former Top of the Pops presenter. Photograph: BBC

More than 30 victims of alleged sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile have lodged civil claims for compensation against the BBC and the estate of the disgraced Jim’ll Fix It presenter.

The law firm Pannone confirmed on Wednesday it had issued a high court claim on behalf of 31 victims against the Savile estate, including seven or eight against the BBC.

More victims are expected to join the compensation claims, which could result in a substantial payout from Savile’s main former employer and his estate.

Alan Collins, the solicitor at Pannone who is handling the claims, told MediaGuardian: “We booked the action at the high court last week. It’s all about getting compensation for the victims from the estate or from the BBC.

“We have prepared 31 claims so far but we are still speaking to other victims. They are all against his estate and seven or eight are also against the BBC.”

The level of compensation awarded to each claimant will depend on a psychiatric assessment about how the alleged abuse has affected their lives, Collins added.

They are the first civil damages claims to be formally lodged at the high court since the Savile scandal began in October last year.

A BBC spokesman said: “We’re unable to comment on any legal claims of this nature made against the corporation.”

Personal injury lawyer Liz Dux confirmed on Wednesday that she had “intimated” claims on behalf of more than 60 alleged victims.

She said the claims are against various institutions linked to Savile – including Stoke Mandeville hospital, Broadmoor and Duncroft approved school for girls, near Staines in Surrey. “A moratorium has been agreed not to issue these claims until the outcome of the various inquiries,” she told MediaGuardian.

Police have said Savile perpetrated an unprecedented scale of abuse against victims over five decades. In January, a joint report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC said they had recorded 214 offences, including 34 rapes, on victims as young as eight.

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July 10, 2011

In early 1984, the Religious Superior of the Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity removed Brother Michael Geilenfeld from Haiti and placed Brother Michael on a one year “leave of absence” with the stipulation that Geilenfeld not return to Haiti during that time while Geilenfeld was still a member of the Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity (see memo).

According to the February 8, 1984 memo, Brother Michael and Brother Andrew (Superior) had a “disagreement on some points or details” as to the reasons why Geilenfeld was removed and not permitted to return to Haiti.

The Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity initially sent Geilenfeld to Haiti in early 1983. Geilenfeld rented a two room house and brought in six Haitian street kids to live with him in his newly established “orphanage” in Port au Prince.

During that year, it is alleged that Geilenfeld sexually abused the boys living with him. Reports of the abuse of these and other boys found their way back to the Superior who removed Geilenfeld from Haiti.

In 1984, Geilenfeld brought one of these very same Haitian boys to live with Geilenfeld and Geilenfeld’s parents in Iowa, USA. During the year, Geilenfeld and the boy made appearances at events in order to raise money for a new orphanage in Haiti.

In early 1985, Geilenfeld resigned from the Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity and returned with the boy to Haiti and regrouped with the other  children he allegedly sexually abused during 1983.

Hearts with Haiti ( and other organizations that provide financial support to Geilenfeld’s orphanage never mention in their “promos” the truth about what transpired in the two years before Geilenfeld returned on his own to Haiti in early 1985.

Paul Kendrick
Freeport, Maine
207 838 1319

Transcript of MEMO:

Feb. 8, 1984

To Br. Michael Geilenfeld M.C.,

Dear Brother Michael,

In response to your letter of today’s date after our conversation, I hereby grant you leave of absence for one year from today – in your own words – “to discern more clearly what God is saying to me at this point in my life”.

One thing that I ask is that you do not visit Haiti in that time while you are still a member of the Missionaries of Charity.

You asked for my prayers, and I assure you that you will be in my prayers and, I am sure, in the prayers of many of your brothers who know you so well and love you — a love that has not been denied or contradicted by any disagreement on some points or details.

I shall inform the brothers officially of your status.

With love and prayers

Your brother in Christ,
Andrew M.C.
(General Servant)

Charity is something we do for ourselves.  Justice is something we do for others.

I am indeed no au fait of justice or charity.  Some say there is nothing new under the sun.  Yet every now again, I hear a thought that is fresh.  New.  At least to me.  All ideas have existed from the beginning;  we just apply them in different ways.

I am a big fan of “On Being“, Krista Tippett, a radio program produced by American Public Media.  The show began as “Speaking of Faith”.  I have been listening to the show since its beginning.  When Tippett first started, I thought of her diction and emphasis in the same breath as Ofeibea Quist-Arcton of NPR.  Quist-Arcton had a wonderful way of saying “Dakar”.  She has pulled back a bit, probably because of her renown.  Here is someone’s description of Quist-Arcton’s tag line:

NPR listeners, anyone else love how Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says Dakar?

Any NPR listeners out there notice this: when NPR correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is
reporting from Dakar, she doesn’t just end her piece with – “Ofeibea
Quist-Arcton, reporting from Dakar.” No it’s, “Ofeibea Quist-Arcton DakAAAAAAAAr! “Is it just me? I love how she says it.
I know it’s her Ghana roots coming out in her accent, but it usually
comes out loud and in force, sometimes her endings are more powerful
than her story’s – but I love it!

When I first listened to Tippett, she seemed to pronounce the 4 t’s and 3 p’s in her name.  She too has pulled back a bit.

What do they have in common.  They are both excellent journalists.

In 2010, “Speaking of Faith” changed its name to “On Being”.  The September 9, 2010 show entitled “From Faith To Being” was a retrospective

a retrospective show examining how Speaking of Faith has grown into its spacious new name, Being.  We hear the voices and stories of our many guestsw and listeners who have participated in this conversation on faith, meaning, ethics, and ideas.

The quote I started off with came in the segment entitled “Seeing Poverty After Katrina”.  The quote is not exact.  Well, the first sentence, I believe is dead on accurate – “Charity is something we do for ourselves”.  Yet the second sentence – “Justice is something we do for others” – is my re-wording.

This statement impacted me because I have been advocating for children in Haiti who have allegedly been sexually abused by the founder of the orphanage in which they live.  Not unlike Sandusky, Jerry Saville, and countless others, supporters of Michael Geilenfeld (the accused abuser), cannot believe that he is committing this abuse.

When Doug Perlitz was convicted of sexually abusing the children at the orphanage that he founded, Project Pierre Toussaint, Perlitz spoke at the sentencing phase of his trial:

Perlitz, 40, apologized to his victims while speaking in Creole before
the sentence was handed down. He said he knew his crimes were horrible
but pleaded for leniency nevertheless, asking the judge to consider the
good work he did in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The judge gave Perlitz a 20 year sentence he is now serving.

Yet, is this the Justice that David Hilfiker was speaking of in Seeing Poverty after Katrina?  Probably not.

I do think Perlitz deserved to go to jail.  I don’t question the judge’s decision.  Yet what was left out was changing the structures for the people in Haiti, and all the around the world, that provide the opportunity to people like Doug Perlitz, John Duarte, and allegedly Michael Geilenfeld, to subjugate the weak to their whims of pleasure, no matter how much charity they have created.

Retrospective Shows

Globalization and the Rise of ReligionGlobalization and the Rise of Religion (released: 5/19/2005)
Experts once predicted that as the world grew more modern, religion
would decline. Precisely the opposite has proven true. Two leading
thinkers, Boston University sociologist Peter Berger and Harvard
Business School’s Rosabeth Moss Kanter, discuss why religion of all
kinds is increasingly shaping discussions of world politics and the
global economy and political order.
The Spirit of IslamThe Spirit of Islam (released: 10/19/2001)
We experience the religious thought and spiritual vitality of two
Muslims — male and female — both American and both with roots in ancient
Islamic cultural, intellectual, and spiritual traditions. They reveal
how sound, music, and poetry offer a window into the subtleties and
humanity of Islamic religious experience.
Evolution and WonderEvolution and Wonder (released: 7/20/2006)
From the Scopes Trial to school board controversies in our day,
Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution are portrayed as a refutal of
the very idea of God. With Darwin biographer James Moore, we learn
about the world in which Darwin formulated his ideas and how he took
religion seriously.
The Soul in DepressionThe Soul in Depression (released: 1/17/2003)
We explore the spiritual aspect of clinical depression and its
aftermath with author Andrew Solomon, Quaker author and educator Parker
Palmer, and poet and psychologist Anita Barrows.
No More Taking SidesNo More Taking Sides (released: 12/14/2006)
Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad
lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of
clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more
violence, they’ve decided to understand the other side by sharing their
pain and their humanity.
Joe Carter and the Legacy of the African-American SpiritualJoe Carter and the Legacy of the African-American Spiritual (released: 5/9/2003)
The spiritual is the source from which gospel, jazz, blues, and
hip-hop evolved. It was born in the American South, created by slaves,
bards whose names history never recorded. We celebrate the life of Joe
Carter, who explored the meaning of the Negro spiritual in word and song
— through its hidden meanings, as well as its beauty, lament, and hope.
Seeing Poverty after KatrinaSeeing Poverty after Katrina (released: 9/15/2005)
Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our
living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how
poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. He
lives creatively and realistically with questions many of us began to
ask in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Repossessing VirtueRepossessing Virtue (released: 5/14/2009)
Many are grappling with the shame that comes in American culture with
the loss of a job, and many are seeking community in old places and new.
For some, economic instability — a kind of life on the edge — is not
new. They’ve been cultivating virtues of patience, self-examination,
service and good humor that might help us all. We feature the voices of
our listeners.
A History of DoubtA History of Doubt (released: 12/11/2003)
Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht has published a sweeping,
lyrical history of the world’s great doubters, and she shows that the
act of questioning, as much as the act of believing, has changed the
Desmond Tutu's God of SurprisesDesmond Tutu’s God of Surprises (released: 4/29/2010)
An intimate and joyous conversation with the Nobel laureate on how his
understanding of God and humanity has unfolded — from the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission through the violence that marks South Africa
today, and even in his friendship with the Dalai Lama.
The Spirit of IslamWhale Songs and Elephant Loves (released: 2/1/2007)
Trained as a musician, acoustic biologist Katy Payne was first to
discover that humpback whales compose ever-changing song to communicate,
and first to understand that elephants communicate with one another
across long distances by infrasound. We hear what she has learned about
life in this world from two of its largest and most mysterious
The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua HeschelThe Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel (released: 6/5/2008)
Born into an esteemed Hasidic family in Poland in 1907, Heschel became
a public intellectual and a provocative leader in 1960s America on
race, war, and interreligious encounter. We explore his teachings and
his legacy for people in our time.
The Body's GraceThe Body’s Grace (released: 10/5/2006)
An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga
teacher Matthew Sanford. He’s been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He
shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our
bodies even in the face of illness, aging, and death.
Planting the FuturePlanting the Future (released: 4/6/2006)
A 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and native Kenyan, Wangari Maathai
was the first African woman to win the award. She is founder of the
Green Belt Movement — a grassroots organization that empowers African
women to improve their lives and conserve the environment through
planting trees.
The Meaning of FaithThe Meaning of Faith (released: 4/11/2003)
We examine what it means to be a person of faith with a diverse group
of religious writers and thinkers. Born-again Christian and writer Anne
Lamott says “Faith is a verb,” while Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg
calls faith “an opening of the heart.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Muslim
theologian Omid Safi examine why it is so difficult — and so important —
to talk about faith in our time.
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In December 2011, after almost a year’s pressure from child protection advocates (and the resignations of at least three Hearts with Haiti (HWH) board members), a decision was made by the remaining HWH board members to initiate an investigation of child sexual abuse allegations against Michael Geilenfeld, founder and executive director of the St. Joseph’s Homes in Port au Prince, Haiti.

In a published letter announcing the 2011 investigation, Geoffrey Hamlyn, HWH executive director, stated,

Hearts with Haiti remains supportive of Michael and of the St. Joseph Family, and believe strongly that the St. Joseph Family Homes are safe and positive places for children.

Geoffrey Hamlyn, Hearts With Haiti Executive Director

Rev. Rick Barger is President of the Timoun Foundation, a major donor to the St. Joseph’s Homes in Haiti.

Rev. Barger said the following:

We have long been aware of the 20 year accusations against Michael Geilenfeld. We are also aware that there has not been one investigation that failed to clear him of all charges.

Rick Barger– President of Haitian Timoun foundatiion – Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church

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Summary and Affidavit:


The reality is there are no kids being abused or who have been abused.

Attorney Peter DeTroy

Stop Sexual Abuse in Haiti


January 29, 2013

Most Rev. Chibly Langlois
Diocese of Les Cayes
B.P. 43, Rue Toussaint-Louverture
Les Cayes, Haiti

Dear Bishop Langlois,

I am writing to you today to solicit your help and to remind you of the promise you made to me when we met this past spring at the “Haiti One Table Conference” in Washington, D.C.

At the time, I spoke to you about a faulty investigation of alleged sexual misconduct with a child that occurred at Pwoje Espwa Sud, a 600 child orphanage, located in your Diocese of Les Cayes.

You promised to review the incident and determine the credibility of the investigation.

Unfortunately, I am bringing to your attention yet another incident of alleged sexual misconduct with a child at Pwoje Espwa Sud.

The details are provided in the statement below.

I look forward to your timely response.

Michael J. Sweatt
Portland, Maine
207-831-3791 (cell)

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La Reconstruction d’Haïti passe par des réformes institutionnelles et structurelles en profondeur dans les domaines suivants: Douane, administration publique, justice & lois, respect du droit de propriété, libre concurrence, accès au crédit bancaire… Des millions sans des réformes auront aucun impact sur la pauvreté et le développement durable.

lundi 14 janvier 2013


On several occasions in the early morning hours, a volunteer observed a young boy leaving the priest’s private residence, located on the grounds of a 600 child orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti.

When the volunteer asked the boy where he stays at night, the boy said that he sleeps with Fr. Marc in Fr. Marc’s bed.

“Father Marc” is Rev. Marc Boisvert, O.M.I., Founder and Executive Director of Pwoje Espwa Sud in Les Cayes, Haiti.

The volunteer immediately telephoned and emailed Dr. Cynthia DeSoi, the orphanage’s volunteer medical director and board member, with the information he received from the boy.

Two days later, Father Boisvert held a “mock trial” with the frightened boy seated on a high stool in the middle of Fr. Boisvert’s living room. Surrounding the boy was Fr. Boisvert, three of his employees and the volunteer whose presence was requested by Boisvert.

Under questioning, the orphanage official pressured the boy to say that he had instead only “dreamed” about sleeping in Boisvert’s bed.

Soon thereafter, the boy disappeared back into the streets of Les Cayes.

Dr. DeSoi, a U.S. citizen who practices medicine in Lewiston, Maine, travels frequently to Pwoje Espwa.

Father Boisvert is a U.S. citizen, a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order in Haiti.

For further information:
Cyrus Sibert, Cap Haitien, Haiti

Paul Kendrick, Portland, Maine