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CONCERNS RISE ABOUT SAFETY OF RESIDENTS AT ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGES IN HAITI. U

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Michael Geilenfeld, the American accused of pedophilia against whom an arrest warrant is issued since July 3, 2014 by Judge Al Haitian Duniel Sunday, was forced to call the police to stop a protest organized by young his orphanage.

Lies and maneuvers used by the American accused of sexual abuse of Haitian children do not serve to calm victims and witnesses. The photo published in this paper was taken with an iPhone, those famous gifts distributed to young people from the orphanage so that they do not speak to investigators. We do not know if the police were aware of the arrest warrant issued against Michael Geilenfeld or if it was present in Delmas 91, during the police intervention. However, Mr. Geilenfeld is known for his influence on some officials to the country, especially on some police officers that he uses to intimidate victims and / or witnesses annoying.

Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is not alone in challenging the Haitian justice. At Delmas 91, there is also Michael Geilenfeld, NGO official, who did not take seriously the judges of Haiti.

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In six short weeks, eight Haitian men will offer testimony in US Federal Court in Portland, Maine that they were sexually abused by Haitian orphanage director, Michael Geilenfeld, when they were children living in Geilnfeld’s care in Haiti.
Geilnfeld is a US citizen.

“Boz” Tchividjian, a former child abuse chief prosecutor, has just published an article describing the strategies that sexual offenders and their supporters use to discredit the testimonies of victims of child sexual abuse.

Here are some excerpts from Tchividjian’s article.

It is interesting to note that each and very hardball legal tactic identified by Mr. Tchividjian used for the purpose of discrediting child sexual abuse victims is currently being employed by Attorney Peter DeTroy  (http://www.nhdlaw.com/), chief counsel for Mr. Geilenfeld.

EXCERPT:

Mixing it up:     When a child witness provides detailed and consistent testimony, offenders will question the child’s ability to accurately identify the perpetrator instead of attacking the credibility of the child’s allegations.   This is best illustrated by the supporters of Greg Kelley when they write, “We are NOT saying that the 4-year-old boy was not sexual assaulted at some point in his young life. He very likely was, given that he had detailed knowledge of explicit sexual activity. However, we do not feel that there was enough evidence to name Kelley as the perpetrator.”  With this approach, perpetrators and their supporters are ok with us believing every aspect of a child’s testimony except the part that identifies the perpetrator as the one who committed the offense.  Not only is this argument blatantly self-serving, but it also lacks any common sense when the offender is known by the child.  Is it likely that a child is capable of providing the details of horrific abuse, but incapable of accurately identifying the known individual who perpetrated the abuse?
This strategy is nothing more than another attempt by perpetrators to convince others of their innocence in a way that appears to be more “caring” without directly attacking or discrediting the child victim.  The problem is that this strategy makes no sense and cares nothing about the child.   The failure to succeed with this approach often propels offenders to try and convince others to focus on anything or anyone other than the credible child.

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Here is an excerpt from a child protection policy posted by Haiti orphanage director, Michael Geilenfeld, a multi-accused child molester:

The St. Joseph Family also recognizes that when children with a history of abuse find themselves in a safe place, they often are finally able to acknowledge internally and externally their past abuse, however how that takes place is often not in truthful and accurate ways. Children with histories of abuse often accuse people in their lives they feel safe with of abuse, abuse that was actually committed by others, because that is the only way they feel safe acknowledging their past experiences. Because of this, we have policies in place not only to protect the children of the St. Joseph Family from any abuse, but to also try to protect members of the St. Joseph Family leader- ship, staff, volunteers and guests from false, and misdirected, accusations of abuse.

http://www.sjfamilyhaiti.org/images/2012-13_child_protection_policy.pdf

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Minimizing and shifting:  When a child provides reliable testimony, perpetrators and their supporters will work hard to shift the attention away from the child and towards everyone else related to the case.  This approach most often involves a devious two-step process:

Step One:     Minimize the importance of the child’s testimony by claiming that it is not evidence.  This is clearly demonstrated by the supporters of Mr. Kelley when they write, “There was no evidence. There were no witnesses. Just the accusation of a young boy.”  This argument is absurd to anyone with a little common sense and any knowledge of our judicial system.  Assume that I am a victim to a robbery and there are no other witnesses to the crime.  My testimony alone about what happened and who committed the robbery is enough for a jury to find the defendant guilty of the crime.  If this were not the case, any crime committed outside the presence of additional witnesses would go unpunished.  That is a frightening notion.  However, offenders and their supporters believe that should be the case when children are the ones victimized.  The truth is that the testimony of a child is evidence.  The truth is that a victim of sexual assault is a witness to the crime…oftentimes the most reliable witness.  The truth is that the testimony of a child whom the jury believes is sufficient evidence to establish an offender’s guilt.

Step Two:  Shift the focus to the actions taken by law enforcement, parents, and anyone else connected with the case. The problem with this step is that it usually emphasizes issues that have little to no bearing on the reliability of the victim’s in-court testimony.  This is analogous to the robbery defendant in my above example arguing his innocence because the police improperly handcuffed him. How does that unfortunate fact have any relationship to the credibility of my testimony?  Pointing out the fact that an investigator did not follow proper protocol during a child sexual abuse investigation may establish that he/she needs further training, but it has nothing to do with the reliability of the child victim’s testimony during trial. Shifting the focus fails to discredit the most important evidence in the case, the child’s testimony!

Minimizing the importance of condemning evidence, while making a big deal about facts that have little or no significance to the ultimate issue of guilt is simply another hollow strategy by sexual abusers to claim innocence in the face of an evil truth.

We live in a world where the abuse of children has no limitations or boundaries.  Courtrooms are too often the place where little ones are re-victimized by offenders, their lawyers, and anyone else who has chosen to reject common sense and embrace dark denial.   Shining a light upon these duplicitous strategies is a powerful way we can demonstrate love and care for the many brave children who have stepped forward out of the suffering silence.

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Background:
http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/07/news/portland/nonprofit-that-raises-money-for-haiti-orphanages-school-sues-freeport-man-over-abuse-allegations/

August 13, 2014

Rosario Mario Rizzo
Attorney at Law
Concord, MA

Dear Attorney Rizzo,

As you know, a warrant has been issued by a Judge in Port au Prince, Haiti for the arrest of your client, multi-accused child molester, Michael Geilenfeld.

As an Officer of the Court, it is your obligation to report the whereabouts of fugitives from justice to law enforcement authorities.

If you have knowledge of the date and time that Mr. Geilenfeld is scheduled to depart from the United States for Haiti, it is your obligation to notify law enforcement officials of Mr. Geilenfeld’s travel plans so that he  can be arrested by the Haitian National Police when he arrives at the airport in Port au Prince.

Sincerely,
Paul Kendrick
Freeport, ME / 207-838-1319

CIVIL/CRIMINAL LAWSUIT FILED IN HAITI COURT AGAINST MICHAEL GEILENFELD.

English version —

Five (5) Victims of a Pedophile at the St. Joseph’s Orphanage at Delmas 91 have reached the Cabinet of investigation in the Haitian’s Justice court.–
[This complaint is being brought against Michael Geilenfeld, Director of the St. Joseph’s Orphanage known as St. Joseph’s Home for Boys at Delmas 91 in a civil action, Walnes Cangas, Assistant Director at the Home, Renee Dietrich, Director of the Wings of Hope Orphanage located in Fermathe, John Duarte, Financial Supporter for the Home for Boys, Bill Nathan and Phillip Norris. The following crimes have also been included in the complaint: Breach of Trust, Sexual Assault, Rape, Physical Abuse, Fraud, Abuse of Authority, Abuse of Drugs and Drug Abuse, Molestation and finally human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.]

FULL TEXT of Criminal Complaint:

Cabinet FLEURANT
54 Avenue Lamartiniere
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: 2942-5555

February 11, 2014

The Honorable Judge of Port-au-Prince, in the Hall of Justice,

Messrs. Emile Millien,
Sony Derazin,
Sean Roubens Jean Sacra,
Jean Rony St.-Victor,
Jean Dume Viard,
All individuals residing and working both in Haiti and abroad and were identified by passport numbers and National Identification Numbers as follows: CG 1952923; PP1907645 ; 08-01-99-1981-12-00300; 004-865-652-2, 01-03-99-1979-07-00170; 007-676-747-2, 01-01 – 99 – 1979-1905 -00185; 003-873-329-2,
being represented by members of the Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Bar : Emmanuel Jeanty and Herode Charnel and by members of Port-au-Prince Bar, Aviol Fleurant, Michel Ange Asse with the following I.D. and Tax I.D. : 006-570-207-6, 03-01-99-1974-12-00030, I-3022310, A0518491; 006-651-413-4; 03-01-99-1983-05-00034; I-2752737; 003-611-689-3, 1155806, 80948031; 001-116-856-2,1321055, 80974726, with a proper mailing address for service in Cabinet Fleurant located at 54 Avenue Lamartinière (Bois Verna), Port-au- Prince, Haiti ;

In honor to explain you :

1- Briefly identify the parts of this complaint, and to put into context how the people lodging the complaint were involved :
The individuals were under the care of Michael Geilenfeld, a missionary of American nationality, and residing at his orphanage called St. Joseph’s Home for Boys located at Delmas 91. They have all either been raped or attempted to be violated by either Mr. Geilenfeld or his executives who had a heavy responsibility to ensure the children in his custody were properly raised and educated.

Simply put, their stay at the orphanages run by this individual was hell. Geilenfeld used several tricks to silence his victims and keep them quiet through the years.
These included threats and intimidation by promising to kick them out into the street, corruption of a minor, drug use, prison, and a series of threats that would discourage the victims to ever file a complaint against him.

Geilenfeld would hold the court for justice, and he stated justice belonged to those with the money, and that “every man has his price”.
This complaint is presented as a civil suit against Michael Geilenfeld, Director of the St. Joseph Home for Boys orphanage, on Delmas 91; Walnes Cangas, Assistant Director at the home for boys, Renee Dietrich, Director of Wings of Hope orphanage, which is included in the St. Joseph Family of Homes network located Fermathe; John Duarte, financial supporter for the home for boys; Bill Nathan and Phillip Norris.

This complaint is also lodged against them for the following charges: Breach of Trust, Sexual Assault, Rape, Physical Abuse, Fraud, Abuse of Authority, Abuse of Drugs and Drug Abuse, Molestation and finally for Trafficking in Human Beings for the purpose of Sexual Exploitation.
Many people will attest to the truth of the facts of what actually occurred in the orphanages of the St. Joseph Home for Boys of Delmas 91 and the Wings of Hope in Fermathe. The witnesses prepared to attest the facts in this first phase, are all the victims in this case, and in a second phase the following individuals are included:

David Cadet
Destin Jean Baptiste
Marc Louis,
Brunel, who is well known
Richy Ruiz, currently in custody at the National Penitentiary

2 . Illegal and detrimental acts of Geilenfeld and others :
Witnesses are willing to testify to the court of the illegal and detrimental acts Geilenfeld and his executives have done to them at a time deemed appropriate by the judge. They will present all the compelling evidence needed to render justice for all the Acts Against Sexual Freedom, Corruption of a Minor, Pimping, Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation, Attempted Murder, Drug Abuse and other acts proving that Michael Geilenfeld and his associates have carefully engineered the silence of the victims. Geilenfeld and his cronies have failed to protect and provide for the minors he was charged to protect. Geilenfeld sexually exploited and/or arranged to have other people who exploited the boys come to the home, spend time at the orphanage for an erotic romp or inappropriate touching of the male minors.
Children are turned into prostitutes and became possessions belonging to Geilenfeld. This is a practice that is incompatible with human dignity by all international standards. These orphans could not report the facts as they were relentlessly threatened by the all powerful missionary, who made the victims and his associates at both orphanages believe that he and his associates are above the law. Some of these children saw the missionary falsify official documents to travel with children out of Haiti, where they were then raped by Geilenfeld’s friends.
In addition, it should be noted here that Geilenfeld was in fact a teacher, and had authority over the minors as the director for an institution for young orphans.
In an effort to prevent these crimes from being disclosed, they were threatened with false accusations against them concerning drug activity or conspiracy to imprison, as in the case where Geilenfeld falsely accused a victim [As was the case of VIARD accusing and imprison only because he wanted to disclosed the wrong doing at Saint-Joseph Home for Boys]. Sometimes employees are either injured or attempted to be murdered in the orphanage [As was the case of Brunel being jailed for trying to kill another child in the orphanage and seriously injured another employee in the home. Brunel was released a few days after the incident to the supervision of Geilenfeld. Geilenfeld has encouraged some of the children to commit crimes. [For example Richy Ruiz who is incarcerated in the Haitian National Penitentiary. He was arrested for being in possession of a gun that was used by bandits to murder a policeman. After being arrested, he stated that the gun he had in his possession was in fact owned by one of Geilenfeld’s subordinate leaders of the home.]
In addition, a former resident of St. Joseph’s Home for Boys named Destin Jean Baptiste, was nearly killed after being attacked by another one of Geilenfeld’s subordinates after the subordinate was told Jean Baptiste was on his way to file a complaint against Geilenfeld. His attacker was arrested, but released a few days later without formal judgment for his crime.
Often, Geilenfeld invites children to participate in ceremonies that go against the boys faith. Geilenfeld made the funeral and burial for a dog named Micky a major ceremony. However, a child placed in particularly inhumane conditions and subsequently died after drowning, received no funeral. Geilenfeld sees the dog much more than the small Haitian who had to die due to negligence and recklessness. That unfortunate, physically challenged child was forced to fill a water tank from a water source located a few hundred meters from the orphanage, Wings of Hope.

The victims making the complaint, would like to remind the judge that Geilenfeld’s group is extremely powerful, highly corrupt and bloody. The fact that their orphanage is still operating is only in the margin of law, since it does not have a license to operate in Haiti. The Institute of Social Welfare (IBSR) has sent a formal demand letter, dated January 31, 2014, referencing the Decree of December 22, 1971, and demanding the orphanage close it’s doors. In that same letter, Ms. Arielle Jeanty Vildouin, Director of IBSR, listed a second reason they are demanding the closure of the orphanage. The letter notes the multiple claims against the morality of the conduct for the leaders of St. Joseph Home for Boys of Delmas 91. Due to the failure of moral conduct of the leaders of St. Joseph Home for Boys, the current young people residing at the home have no future and no hope.

3. Law and Cooperating Punishable Acts of Michael Geilenfeld and Associates:
The clauses 49, 50, 58, 63, 65, 78, 90 and following of the Law of August 7, 2001 on the Supervision and Control of Illicit Drug Trafficking, support victims in their efforts to see justice and look for the opportunity in their favor after their long obstacle course to seek justice. Many other victims promise to join the movement if justice is possible through public action against Geilenfeld, who has boasted he is untouchable in Haiti.
Haiti ratified a UN convention called ” Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others ” in 1949. This document states that prostitution is incompatible with human dignity, requiring all stakeholders to punish pimping, operators and owners of houses to close and abolish all special treatment in the registration of prostitutes.

Whether border security, drug trafficking and trafficking in human beings, in April 2013, these issues were made a priority by Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble and the Minister of Justice and Public Security in Haiti, Jean Renel Sanon, the Director General of the Haitian National Police, Mr. Godson Orelus, and the Director of the School of Haitian Police, Jean Miguélitte Maxime.

In addition, the Article 71 of the Law of August 7, 2001 on the supervision and control of illicit drug trafficking threat: “The penalties provided for in Articles 47 to 56 shall be doubled when the offender,

* Belonged to an organized group or a criminal association;
* Participated in other illegal activities facilitated by the offense. The maximum penalties for offenses under this Act shall be doubled if the offender was a teacher or a police officer, a person responsible for the application of the Laws, a health professional or person responsible for the fight against abuse or illicit drug trafficking;
• Exercising public authority functions and the offense was committed in the exercise of those functions;
• Was invested with moral authority. ”
In addition, the clause 78 below the title VII of the Act focused on CRIMINAL LIABILITY OF LEGAL PERSONS in this case relates that: « Legal persons, other than the State, on behalf or for whose benefit any of the offenses set forth in Articles 47 to 53, 57 to 59 and 62 has been committed by one of their associations or representatives of law or fact, shall be punished by a fine of a maximum rate equal to five times said the fines specified items, without prejudice to the conviction of individuals or accomplices to the offense.
They may also be sentenced to one or more of the following:
• the dissolution, if the corporation was created to facilitate the commission of any of the above offenses;
• permanent exclusion or for a period of 6 months to 2 years to exercise, directly or indirectly, certain professional or business activities;
• to close permanently or for a period of 6 months to 2 years, companies, subsidiaries, branches or establishments used to commit the offense;
• dissemination of the decision by the press or by any other means of audiovisual communication that contravenes a prohibition imposed under paragraphs 2 and 3 of this Article shall be punished by a fine of twenty thousand (20,000) to one hundred thousand (100,000) Gourds and dissolution of the corporation, or one of these penalties.

However, the penalty of dissolution is not applicable to legal persons under public law, political parties, unions.
The Article 90 of the said Act directs,

« In case of prosecutions for the offenses provided for in Articles 47-53 and 57-59 Dean of the Court of First Instance Territorial Jurisdiction, may request of the Ministry public order on a provisional basis for a maximum period of 3 months, renewable once the closure of a house open to the public or used by the public when these offenses were committed by the operator of the house or with its complicity. »

The decision may be appealed to the Court of Appeal within 10 days of its execution or of its notification to interested parties.
Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Protocol defines trafficking in persons as follows:
« The term ” trafficking in persons ” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force for the purpose of exploitation. »

The interpol and the decree of the National Assembly dated January 12, 2004 sanctioning the additional protocol to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime recounts: « Trafficking in human beings is a form of international organized crime similar to modern slavery that brings in billions of dollars. It’s victims are recruited and taken to a country or region to another by traffickers who use deception or coercion. They are deprived of their independence, their freedom of movement and their free will, and subjected to various forms of physical and psychological abuse. »

It also indicates that there are three [3] major forms of trafficking human beings :

• Trafficking for forced labor
• Human trafficking for sexual exploitation;
• Organ trafficking.

Whether Article 3 of the Decree of the National Assembly dated January 12, 2004 the sanctioning supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime on the terminology protocol states:
“For the purposes of this Protocol:

a) “Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;
b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in subparagraph a) of this article shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in paragraph a) was used;
c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered “trafficking in persons” even if they do involve any of the means set forth in subparagraph a) of this section;
d) “Child” means any person under the age of 18.

4. Application of Victims :

The complainants, all victims and witnesses require the Magistrate to proceed with the closure of St. Joseph Home for Boys of Delmas 91 and all other orphanages under the direction of Michael Geilenfeld. You are implored to take all necessary and legal measures to prevent Geilenfeld from leaving the haitian soil before a national court hands down a decision, in its favor, if possible. It will be just.

Sincerely. Emmanuel JEANTY, Lawyer. –

Version Française :

http://reseaucitadelle.blogspot.com/2014/02/haiti-pedophilie-justice-plainte_19.html?m=1

 

2013 Trafficking in Persons Report
Tier 2 Watch List
June 1, 2013

Haiti is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Most of Haiti’s trafficking cases consist of the estimated 150,000-500,000 children in domestic servitude in households throughout Haiti. In addition to experiencing forced labor, these children are vulnerable to beatings, sexual assaults, and other abuses by family members in the homes in which they are residing. Dismissed and runaway children from domestic servitude make up a significant proportion of the large population of street children who end up forced into prostitution, begging, or street crime by criminal gangs in Haiti. Children working in construction and agriculture are also vulnerable to forced labor. Children in some unscrupulous private and NGO-sponsored residential care centers are at a high risk of being placed in a situation of forced labor. Women and children living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps set up as a result of the 2010 earthquake were at an increased risk of sex trafficking and forced labor. Of the estimated 1.5 million Haitians that entered the camps following the earthquake, some 357,785 remain as of March 2013. There have been documented cases of Dominican women in forced prostitution in Haiti. Haitians are exploited in forced labor in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere in the Caribbean as well as the United States. The groups most at risk of trafficking were Haitians without documentation and those from the lowest income backgrounds, especially women and children. One Haitian government report estimated that the births of more than 10 percent of Haitians were not registered.

There have been incidents of foreigners engaged in the commercial sexual exploitation of Haitian children, including incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse reported by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). There were also incidences of child sex tourism; in 2013 a U.S. citizen was convicted in the United States of engaging in child sex tourism at a residential facility in Haiti that provided shelter, food, clothing, and school tuition to Haitian children.

The Government of Haiti does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Despite these measures, such as the identification and assistance of some children in domestic servitude, the continued lack of legislation prohibiting all forms of human trafficking that prescribes stringent penalties on par with rape, as well as a lack of formal protections for victims, remained serious problems; therefore Haiti is placed on Tier 2 Watch List. The government took some action to raise awareness about human trafficking during the reporting period, but with insufficient accountability for trafficking offenders the effectiveness of these prevention efforts was limited. The creation of an inter-ministerial group to address human trafficking and officials’ stated commitment to passage and implementation of anti-trafficking legislation may lead to improved results in the future.

Recommendations for Haiti: Enact legislation prohibiting sex trafficking and all forms of forced labor, including domestic servitude, with penalties that are commensurate with those for other serious crimes, such as rape; investigate, prosecute, and convict trafficking offenders, including persons abusing domestic servants or prostituting children under 18, using available legal instruments; adopt laws or policies to guarantee victims are not punished for crimes committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking; and in partnership with NGOs, adopt and employ formal procedures to guide officials in proactive victim identification and referral of child and adult victims to appropriate shelters and services.

Prosecution

The government did not make discernible progress in prosecuting trafficking offenders during the reporting period largely because Haiti does not have a law or laws specifically prohibiting trafficking in persons. For another year, draft anti-trafficking legislation that pre-dated the 2010 earthquake remained pending in Parliament. There were some laws that could potentially have been used to prosecute some trafficking offenses, such as the , though the government did not report any prosecutions or convictions of any trafficking offenders in Haiti under this law or any other laws during the reporting period. The Haitian government noted its use of laws against kidnapping, rape, prostitution, and other offenses to pursue investigations against traffickers and those that exploit victims. However, there were no reports that these investigations led to any convictions. Some NGOs and international organizations reported possible trafficking investigations and prosecutions, though these reports could not be verified by the government. The Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), despite severely limited resources, recorded 94 cases of child trafficking and arrested and transferred 15 adults to state prosecutors, though there was no information available suggesting any of these cases made it to the prosecution stage—raising serious concerns about accountability for human trafficking in Haiti. The absence of a comprehensive anti-trafficking law also contributed to confusion regarding the differences between the crimes of human smuggling, human trafficking, and illegal adoption among elements of the Haitian government and some of its international donors. In addition to the absence of a solid law, other impediments to combating human trafficking included widespread corruption, the lack of quick responses to cases with trafficking indicators, the slow pace of the judicial branch to resolve criminal cases, and scant funding for government agencies. The government did not report any investigations or prosecutions of government employees for alleged complicity in trafficking-related offenses during the reporting period. The government’s capacity to provide officials with specialized trafficking awareness training, such as training on identifying and assisting trafficking victims or investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases, was limited.

Protection

The government made limited progress in the protection of trafficking victims during the reporting period. The majority of victim services are provided by NGOs. NGOs that partner with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor also refer the majority of victims to the government’s social welfare ministry (IBESR), which documents cases and refers them to law enforcement. The government did not systematically track data regarding trafficking victim identification. However, the BPM made progress collating data on human trafficking cases at four posts on the border with the Dominican Republic. From May 2012 to January 2013, the BPM registered 52 trafficking cases at these posts. IBESR removed a total of 95 children from situations of forced labor in 2012 and continued to close harmful residential child care centers, removing 756 children from environments where they were exposed to a high risk of human trafficking. A total of 656 of these children were reintegrated into families or foster families, while the remaining 100 stayed in IBESR transition centers awaiting sustainable reintegration options. The government did not report proactive identification or assistance for any adult victims of forced prostitution or forced labor.

The government did not provide direct or specialized services to trafficking victims; however, the government referred suspected trafficking victims to donor-funded NGOs which provided shelter, food, medical, and psychosocial support. NGOs reported that they had good working relationships with individual government officials, and the leadership of BPM and IBESR expressed commitment to helping child trafficking victims during the reporting period despite extremely limited resources—including lack of transportation to investigate cases. Due to budgetary limitations, officials sometimes used personal funds to provide food for child trafficking victims. The government did not have formal trafficking victim protection policies to encourage victims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking offenders; the government also did not have legal protections to ensure victims were not punished for crimes committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking. The government also did not have provisions to provide immigration relief for foreign victims of human trafficking facing retribution in the countries to which they would be deported.

Prevention

The government made efforts to prevent human trafficking during the reporting period, but the effectiveness of these efforts were also hindered by the lack of a comprehensive law criminalizing human trafficking. In early 2013, the government created an inter-ministerial working group on human trafficking, which was chaired by the Judicial Affairs Director of the foreign affairs ministry, to coordinate all anti-trafficking executive branch initiatives. In June 2012, IBESR launched a trafficking hotline and conducted a campaign to raise public awareness about child labor, child trafficking, and child sexual abuse among other child protection concerns. An international organization subsidized the hotline’s initial start-up costs; however, IBESR funded the operating costs and employed 10 workers to manage both the hotline and child protection database. During the reporting period, senior public officials and BPM and IBESR also made efforts to inform the public about child trafficking and sexual abuse. In December 2012, without government funding, Haitian child protection authorities chaired roundtables on child domestic servitude in Port-au-Prince and in the North, Artibonite, Sud, and Sud-Est departments. The government created a national commission for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, which facilitated two workshops, launched a public awareness campaign on child labor, and highlighted the national day against restavèk abuse. Haitian child protection officials provided substantial assistance to a foreign government’s prosecution of a child sex tourism offender who had abused children in Haiti. There were no known measures by the government taken during the reporting period to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts.

http://m.state.gov/md215476.htm

US Dept State Haiti human trafficking report 2014-08-13_16-07-28

 

 

Brenda Halbrooks

Rev Brenda Halbrooks

PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER, REV. BRENDA HALBROOKS, IS STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH MULTI ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER, MICHAEL GEILENFELD.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ARE STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS HAITIAN MEN WHO WILL TESTIFY IN US FEDERAL COURT THAT THEY WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY GEILENFELD WHEN THEY WERE CHILDREN LIVING AT HIS ORPHANAGE IN HAITI.

 

CLICK LINK , VICTIM TESTIMONIES:
https://istwanouayisyen.com/?p=1056

REV. HALBROOKS IS PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH IN RICHMOND, VA
http://www.tcpresbyterian.org/aboutus

REV. HALBROOKS IS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF HEARTS WITH HAITI.
http://www.heartswithhaiti.org/hearts-with-haiti.html

BANGOR DAILY NEWS

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/07/news/portland/nonprofit-that-raises-money-for-haiti-orphanages-school-sues-freeport-man-over-abuse-allegations/

IGNATIUS GROUP___

HAITI ORPHANAGE DIRECTOR, MICHAEL GEILENFELD, WILL FACE HIS ACCUSERS IN U.S. FEDERAL COURT IN PORTLAND, MAINE.

HEARTS WITH HAITI BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE CALLED TO THE WITNESS STAND.

THE TRIAL DATE IS SET FOR OCTOBER 6, 2014.

EIGHT HAITIAN MEN WILL TESTIFY BEFORE A JURY THAT MICHAEL GEILENFELD SEXUALLY ABUSED THEM WHEN THEY WERE CHILDREN LIVING IN HAITI.

“This lawsuit is an attempt to silence me from trying to protect Haitian children from being sexually abused and my efforts to bring a measure of justice to those who have already been abused,” Kendrick told the Bangor Daily News.

“The good news about this lawsuit is that the Haitian children who were sexually abused will finally have the opportunity to confront their abuser in the safety of a U.S. courtroom,” he continued. “The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are calling the victims liars. Their attempts to silence me will only serve to make the victims’ voices stronger and more forceful.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/07/news/portland/nonprofit-that-raises-money-for-haiti-orphanages-school-sues-freeport-man-over-abuse-allegations/

UPDATE

PAUL KENDRICK FORCES HEARTS WITH HAITI TO REMOVE FALSE AND DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING FROM ITS WEB SITE.

Child protection advocate, Paul Kendrick, forces Hearts with Haiti to remove false and misleading solicitation of donations from its web site.

Bios of minor children removed by IBESR from Joseph’s Home for Boys have been taken down from Hearts with Haiti website pursuant to Kendrick’s complaint to North Carolina Attorney General.

http://www.heartswithhaiti.org/giving-opportunities/child-sponsorship.html
________________________

June 25, 2014

Creecy Johnson
Assistant Attorney General
State of North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina,

Dear Ms. Johnson,

Under separate cover, I have forwarded to your attention a copy of the January 31, 2014 letter from Mme. Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, Director General of IBESR, to the St. Joseph Home for Boys in Port au Prince, Haiti.

In her letter, Mme. Villedrouin ordered the removal of all minor children from the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys.

(IBESR is the official Haiti national government’s child welfare agency.
http://www.ibesr.com/)

Also, I am in receipt of a copy of the May 27, 2014 letter sent by Mr. Paul D’Oliviera to Ms. Jennifer Day of your office.

Mr. D’Oliviera is President of Hearts with Haiti (http://www.heartswithhaiti.org/), a North Carolina based non-profit that provides financial support to the St. Joseph Family of Homes in Haiti (http://www.sjfamilyhaiti.org/).

Unfortunately, in his letter to your office, Mr. D’Oliviera failed to respond to the content of my complaint about Hearts with Haiti’s advertising practices.

FACT – On its web site, Hearts with Haiti is currently seeking donations (“Sponsor a Child”) to help support minor children who reside at the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys

FACT – In February 2014, IBESR officials ordered the removal of all minor children from the St. Joseph Home for Boys. The minor children were placed into protective care at other orphanages.

QUESTION TO MR. D’OLIVIERA – HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR HEARTS WITH HAITI TO SOLICIT DONATIONS FOR CHILDREN WHO YOU SAY ARE RESIDING AT THE ST. JOSEPH’S HOME FOR BOYS, BUT HAVE IN FACT BEEN REMOVED FROM THE ST. JOSEPH HOME FOR BOYS BY IBESR AND PLACED INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY?

QUESTION TO MR. D’OLIVIERA – ARE DONORS BEING INFORMED THAT IBESR OFFICIALS ORDERED THE REMOVAL OF ALL MINOR CHILDREN FROM THE ST. JOSEPH’S HOME FOR BOYS?

CLICK LINK FOR DONOR SOLICITATION / ST. JOSEPH’S HOME FOR BOYS

http://www.heartswithhaiti.org/images/2013%20sjf%20bios%20%20%20full%20book.pdf  (local copy on this site:  St. Joseph 2013 donor solicitation)

QUESTION TO MR. D’OLIVIERA – HAS THE LICENSE TO OPERATE WINGS OF HOPE ORPHANAGE BEEN “REVOKED” BY IBESR OFFICIALS?

QUESTION TO MR. D’OLIVIERA – ARE DONORS BEING INFORMED THAT IBESR OFFICIALS REVOKED THE LICENSE OF WINGS OF HOPE ORPHANAGE?

CLICK LINK FOR DONOR SOLICITATION / WINGS OF HOPE

http://www.heartswithhaiti.org/images/2012%20wings%20bio%20book%20full_august%202013%20update.pdf  (local copy on this site: wings of hope donor solicitation)

IN CONCLUSION.

Thank you, Ms. Johnson, for your time and attention to this matter.

I am sure you join me in looking forward to Mr. D’Oliviera’s forthright response to my reasonable and direct questions.

As we both know, the state of North Carolina and the U.S. Government both provide tax deductions and incentives to donors who contribute money to Hearts with Haiti.

Sincerely,
Paul Kendrick
Freeport, Maine

 

Haiti Orphanage

“We believe that Hearts with Haiti is no longer qualified to collect funds in the names of Haitian children”

Haitian journalist, Cyrus Sibert, speaks out for people of Haiti.

Click on Link  Or read article contents below,

http://reseaucitadelle.blogspot.com/2014/08/haitian-journalist-cyrus-sibert.html?m=1


 

Jeudi 7 août 2014

HAITIAN JOURNALIST, CYRUS SIBERT , RESPONDS TO ATTORNEY ROSARIO RIZZO’S AFFIDAVIT TO NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL.

RIZZO IS LEGAL COUNSEL FOR MULTI ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER, MICHAEL GEILENFELD AND HEARTS WITH HAITI, A NORTH CAROLINA BASED NON PROFIT.CLICK PDF BELOW TO VIEW RIZZO’S AFFIDAVIT.RESPONSE

By CYRUS SIBERT

Since President Martelly took office, there have been some fundamental reforms in the orphanage and nursery sector in Haiti. The prevalence of child trafficking in this country has motivated the Martelly-Lamothe administration to implement a policy of enhanced oversight in this sector to protect Haitian children. Specifically, the government has built shelters while stepping up supervision and streamlining control procedures for the orphanages around the country.

As a result, the IBESR is able to give proper attention to young boys who were allegedly continually abused at the Saint Joseph Home for Boys for over 25 years. On several occasions, over many years there were protests to speak up against the pervasive practices of abuses and sexual exploitations of the children who attended the Saint Joseph Home for Boys Center. There were several protest movements by young men attending the Saint Joseph Home for Boys center in 1983, 1991 and 2005. In these protests, the boys spoke out against the unacceptable sexual practices they were subjected to by M. Michael Geilenfeld. In a visit to the United States in 1995, some young dancers from St. Joseph center made ​​several statements in U.S media denouncing the sexual abuses they have sustained from M. Geilenfeld. The alleged victims filed a complaint at the U.S. Consulate in Port-au-Prince against M. Geilenfeld, their alleged abuser. Ms. Dejean of IBERS acknowledges that she was informed of the situation at least on 4 different occasions.

Despite false statements made by Heart With Haiti, mentioning in a letter that it was on February 2004 that IBERS decided not to reauthorize the Orphanage, in a letter by Mrs. Villedrouin one can read the following statement:

“The management of the Social Welfare and Research Institute (IBESR), following a report on November 25th, 2013 from the Department of Social Works, has determined that the children under your care, in violation of the decrees of December 22nd, 1971 and  November 4th, 1983 and given the persistent allegations of abuses, are in a vulnerable situation, and their safety at risk.”

This suggests that an investigation was conducted in 2013 and that the decision to move the children was based on the findings of that investigation.

We call your attention on several key facts:

1 – Several former young men of the St. Joseph Home for Boys living in Haiti and abroad have filed a formal complaint against M. Geilenfeld for: “breach of trust, sexual assault, rape, physical abuse, fraud, abuse of authority, drug abuse and illicit drug use, sexual molestation, and finally for human trafficking for sexual exploitation ;”
2 – The Haitian justice decided to press charge against M. Geilenfeld for “Public Indecent Exposure and Rebellion;”
3 – An arrest warrant has been issued against M. Geilenfeld on July 5th, 2014;
4 – Whereas today Heart With Haiti, in its letter, recognizes that its operating permit has been suspended, on May 5th, 2014, M. Geilenfeld, under oath, has stated before a Haitian judge that he had an operating license.

This NGO only evolves in falsehoods and corruption. As additional evidence, it should be highlighted that Heart With Haiti enjoys an excellent relationship with the pro-pedophilia organization NAMBLA (North American Men and Boys Love Association). Should it be reminded that at the funeral of NAMBLA’s founder, funds were collected for the benefit of St. Joseph Orphanage, considered as NAMBLA’s chapter in Haiti.

Heart With Haiti has a deep hatred against MM. Cyrus Sibert and Paul Kendrick for demanding that their alleged crimes be brought before the court so that justice be served. MM. Sibert and Kendrick are demanding justice because they know that such criminal practices against children have lasting and devastating consequences. These young victims deserve help, support and guidance.

As it should be impossible for a person, continuously charged, and against whom there are several witnesses and tons of evidences to be able to fundraise on behalf of children and an orphanage by tapping on a network of donors in the United States. As a result, we believe that Hearts With Haiti is no longer qualified to collect funds in the names of Haitian children.

CLICK LINK: http://www.slideshare.net/reseaucitadelle/8-2141

 

Haiti Orphanage

HAITIAN JOURNALIST, CYRUS SIBERT , RESPONDS TO ATTORNEY ROSARIO RIZZO’S AFFIDAVIT TO NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL.
RIZZO IS LEGAL COUNSEL FOR MULTI ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER, MICHAEL GEILENFELD AND HEARTS WITH HAITI, A NORTH CAROLINA BASED NON PROFIT.
SEE BELOW TO VIEW RIZZO’S AFFIDAVIT.

RESPONSE
By CYRUS SIBERT

Since President Martelly took office, there have been some fundamental reforms in the orphanage and nursery sector in Haiti. The prevalence of child trafficking in this country has motivated the Martelly-Lamothe administration to implement a policy of enhanced oversight in this sector to protect Haitian children. Specifically, the government has built shelters while stepping up supervision and streamlining control procedures for the orphanages around the country.
As a result, the IBESR is able to give proper attention to young boys who were allegedly continually abused at the Saint Joseph Home for Boys for over 25 years. On several occasions, over many years there were protests to speak up against the pervasive practices of abuses and sexual exploitations of the children who attended the Saint Joseph Home for Boys Center. There were several protest movements by young men attending the Saint Joseph Home for Boys center in 1983, 1991 and 2005. In these protests, the boys spoke out against the unacceptable sexual practices they were subjected to by M. Michael Geilenfeld. In a visit to the United States in 1995, some young dancers from St. Joseph center made ​​several statements in U.S media denouncing the sexual abuses they have sustained from M. Geilenfeld. The alleged victims filed a complaint at the U.S. Consulate in Port-au-Prince against M. Geilenfeld, their alleged abuser. Ms. Dejean of IBERS acknowledges that she was informed of the situation at least on 4 different occasions.

Despite false statements made by Heart With Haiti, mentioning in a letter that it was on February 2004 that IBERS decided not to reauthorize the Orphanage, in a letter by Mrs. Villedrouin one can read the following statement:
“The management of the Social Welfare and Research Institute (IBESR), following a report on November 25th, 2013 from the Department of Social Works, has determined that the children under your care, in violation of the decrees of December 22nd, 1971 and  November 4th, 1983 and given the persistent allegations of abuses, are in a vulnerable situation, and their safety at risk.”
This suggests that an investigation was conducted in 2013 and that the decision to move the children was based on the findings of that investigation.

We call your attention on several key facts:

  1. Several former young men of the St. Joseph Home for Boys living in Haiti and abroad have filed a formal complaint against M. Geilenfeld for: “breach of trust, sexual assault, rape, physical abuse, fraud, abuse of authority, drug abuse and illicit drug use, sexual molestation, and finally for human trafficking for sexual exploitation ;”
  2. The Haitian justice decided to press charge against M. Geilenfeld for “Public Indecent Exposure and Rebellion;”
  3. An arrest warrant has been issued against M. Geilenfeld on July 5th, 2014;
  4. Whereas today Heart With Haiti, in its letter, recognizes that its operating permit has been suspended, on May 5th, 2014, M. Geilenfeld, under oath, has stated before a Haitian judge that he had an operating license.

This NGO only evolves in falsehoods and corruption. As additional evidence, it should be highlighted that Heart With Haiti enjoys an excellent relationship with the pro-pedophilia organization NAMBLA (North American Men and Boys Love Association). Should it be reminded that at the funeral of NAMBLA’s founder, funds were collected for the benefit of St. Joseph Orphanage, considered as NAMBLA’s chapter in Haiti.
Heart With Haiti has a deep hatred against MM. Cyrus Sibert and Paul Kendrick for demanding that their alleged crimes be brought before the court so that justice be served. MM. Sibert and Kendrick are demanding justice because they know that such criminal practices against children have lasting and devastating consequences. These young victims deserve help, support and guidance.

As it should be impossible for a person, continuously charged, and against whom there are several witnesses and tons of evidences to be able to fundraise on behalf of children and an orphanage by tapping on a network of donors in the United States. As a result, we believe that Hearts With Haiti is no longer qualified to collect funds in the names of Haitian children.

CLICK LINK:

or read below to see “Rizzo’s affidavit”


 

Memo for Colon Willoughby, Esq.
From Rosario Mario F. Rizzo, Esq.
Re: St Joseph Family & Haitian 1.B .E. S .R. Certification Proces,~
Date: June 26, 20 14

The Saint Joseph Family of Homes for Boys SJF have been in good standing with the Haitian
authorities for over 25 years. The Haitian authorities have referred many, many children to the
SJF since its founding in 1985. The Institut du Bien-&re Social et de Recherches (IBESR), Mme.
Villedroiun, Director, is the Haitian agency that certifies children’s residential homes in Haiti.
After the earthquake, the IBESR found that it was very hard to track children in orphanages in
Haiti, of which there were many. The IBESR decided to create a new much more stringent
certification process for children’s residential homes in Haiti, while at the same time phasing out
the majority of orphanages in Haiti. Over the last few years, IBESR has not been certifying
homes, but has been allowing all children’s residential homes and orphanage certifications to
– expire in favor of implementing a new certification process. While the new certification process
is implemented, the IBESR allows homes that have expired certifications to remain open.

In the first year of this new, enhanced certification process, 201 2, the IBESR decided to
certify only 10 children’s homes in Haiti. The new certification process takes over a year, and
requires staff training, program and procedure creation and review. The process also requires
that the organization hire’a full time social worker, recommended by the IBESR. Each IBESR
sanctioned social worker is paid by the home that employs him, works in the home(s), and
reports back to the IBESR weekly for a year. Both during and at the end of this preparation year,
the IBESR visits the homes and makes a final recommendation for approval and certification.

In 2012, the IBESR invited all three of the SJF homes to apply for certification, i.e.: three
of the first ten to be certified in Haiti. The IBESR believed that the St. Joseph Family provided
better services and a better quality of life for the children in its care than most other children’s
homes in Haiti. The IBESR wanted the SJF homes to serve as an example of and to set the
standard for a well-run children’s home in Haiti. They wanted SJF to set a higher bar for
performance and quality.

Wings of Hope, the SJF home for special needs children, was the first of the ten homes to
be certified by the IBESR under this new, tough certification process. Wings of Hope retains
this certification today.

The other two SJF homes, Trinity House in Jacmel and St. Joseph Home for Boys in
Petionville, were in the final stages of approval for full certification, and were told that they
would receive their final certifications around the beginning of 2014. However, Paul Kendrick,
with the help of Cyrus Sibert, a Haitian journalist and self-appointed child advocate,
intentionally interfered with the process.

At the beginning of 20 14, Kendrick and Sibert renewed their campaign against Michael
Geilenfeld and SJF, bombarding the IBESR with hundreds of emails, phone calls, letters and
internet postings malting defamatory and unfounded statements of child abuse at the SJF homes.

Because of the outrageousness and false exigency of Kendriclc and Sibert’s false reports to the
IBESR, on February 3, 20 14 the IBESR and the Haitian National Police mounted a S WAT-type
raid on the SJF Home for Boys in Petionville, the facility where Michael Geilenfeld lives,
complete with automatic weapons. The IBESR removed seven children under the age of 14,
placing them in an IBESR affiliated orphanage. The IBESR allowed older children to remain at
this particular home. Of the children removed by IBESR only one was an orphan. The other
children had been placed in SJF care by their families who were too poor to care for them.

On February 5,20 14, Mme. Villedroiun met with an attorney for SJF. Because of the
nature of Kendrick’s heinous allegations and the fact that the allegations are the subject of a
defamation suit in the US., IBESR has communicated that it will delay its certification of the
two SJF homes until the defamation action against Kendrick is resolved at trial in October if not
before.
The IBESR investigation into the wellbeing of the children found no evidence of child
abuse or mistreatment. On April 15, 201 4, the IBESR returned six of the seven children to their
families, with the caveat that they not be returned to SJF until the defamation case is over. The
IBESR also decided to freeze the final approval for the other two SJF homes. The IBESR
eventually told SJF’s attorney that the only reason that it fioze the final approval for each of the
home’s certifications was because of the voluminous correspondences and contacts orchestrated
by Kendriclc and Sibert.

SJF has never had any of its three certifications revolted. The re-certifications of the
Petionville and Jacmel facilities were merely put on hold because of Kendriclc and Sibert.