Maybe someone has already pointed this out?
I had not seen this before and it might be of interest.
FBIAnon suggests to focus on the Foundation and they also allude to human trafficking.
RE: While searching wikileaks HRC emails for "Cards"
HRC from her personal email instructed Luis CdeBaca the United States Ambassador in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to prepare an informal paper RE: Child Slavery in Haiti.
The email was written in 2009.
Note: the Earthquake in Haiti was in 2010
As I recall HRC worked hard to help her friend Silsby who went to Haiti after the earthquake who under the auspices of starting an orphanage got in trouble for rounding up 33 children. (Silsby was defended by an attorney with history of some type of trafficking.)
Silsby also failed to get licensing etc. for the orphanage and some of the kids had parents who complained.
It turns out there are no laws against human trafficking in Haiti and it is common practice for poor people to give their children away as domestic servants. And there are no National Identity **"Cards" **issued until voting age. So if a person or a Foundation was seeking to get into human trafficking then Haiti would be a place without any major barriers to entry and the earthquake would make it easier.
From: CdeBaca, Luis
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 2:50 PM
To: Mills, Cheryl D
Subject: Cheryl, here is a quick backgrounder on child slavery in Haiti
The Secretary asked me to send her, through you, an informal paper that she could share with President Clinton on the
restavek problem. I was in Africa and then out of pocket much of last week, but I wanted to make sure that you have it
before you go to Haiti.
If I don't see you before then, have a great trip!
Definition: A restavek (or restavec) is a child in Haiti who is sent by his or her parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because the parents lack the resources required to support the child.
Per the informal paper from Luis CdeBaca
APPENDIX: Haiti Narrative 2009 FULL
HAITI (Special Case)
Haiti has had a weak government since widespread violence and political instability led to the resignation of the
president in 2004. National elections in 2006 elected a president and a Parliament that replaced an appointed
interim government, but the effectiveness of state institutions remained severely limited. Civil unrest in April
2008 left the country without a government for five months. The Government of Haiti's ability to provide basic
services and security for citizens, and to control rampant crime in the capital, Port-au-Prince, continues to be
compromised by limited resources, an untrained and poorly equipped police force, entrenched government
corruption, and perennially weak government institutions.
The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) continued to maintain more than 6,950 troops and 1,900
police throughout the country to provide security. Haiti remains a Special Case for the fourth consecutive year
as the new government formed in September 2008 has not yet been able to address the significant challenges
facing the country, including human trafficking. The U.S. government, however, notes the progress of Haiti's
government, and urges the Government of Haiti to take immediate action to address its serious trafficking-in-
persons problems. The following background and recommendations are provided to guide government officials.
Scope and Magnitude: Haiti is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children
trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. Haitian women, men, and children are
trafficked into the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, the United States, Europe, Canada, and Jamaica for
exploitation in domestic service, agriculture, and construction. Trafficked Dominican women and girls are
forced into prostitution. Some may be patronized by UN peacekeepers in Haiti, although MINUSTAH is
implementing programs among its personnel to suppress this practice. Several NGOs noted a sharp increase in
the number of Haitian children trafficked for sex and labor to the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas during
The majority of trafficking cases are found among the estimated 90,000 to 300,000 restaveks in Haiti, and the
3,000 additional restaveks who are trafficked to the Dominican Republic. Poor, mostly rural families send their
children to cities to live with relatively wealthier "host" families, whom they expect to provide the children with
food, shelter, and an education in exchange for domestic work. While some restaveks are cared for and sent to
school, most of these children are subjected to involuntary domestic servitude. These restaveks, 65 percent of
whom are girls between the ages of six and 14, work excessive hours, receive no schooling or payment and are
often physically and sexually abused. Haitian labor laws require employers to pay domestic workers over the
age of 15, so many host families dismiss restaveks before they reach that age. Dismissed and runaway restaveks
make up a significant proportion of the large population of street children, who frequently are forced to work in
prostitution or street crime by violent criminal gangs. Women and girls from the Dominican Republic are
trafficked into Haiti for commercial sexual exploitation. Some of the Haitians who voluntarily migrate to the
Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, the United States, and other Caribbean nations, subsequently face
conditions of forced labor on sugar-cane plantations, and in agriculture and construction.
Haitian officials recognize that human trafficking is a serious problem in the country, including the exploitation of restavek children as domestic servants. As a policy matter, however, the national police child protection unit, the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), does not pursue restavek trafficking cases because there is no statutory penalty against the practice. Haitian law also does not specifically prohibit trafficking in persons, which limits its ability to punish traffickers and protect victims. It did shut down a number of unregistered orphanages whose residents were believed to be vulnerable to trafficking.
The Office of National Identification, with technical assistance from the Organization of American States and
the Government of Canada, began to provide national identity cards to persons who reached the legal voting age
since the last election. It continued to provide birth certificates to citizens who had not previously been issued
official identity documents. The government does not follow systematic victim identification procedures,
though Haitian authorities work closely with NGOs to refer identified victims -- primarily children -- and
coordinate protective services as needed. Shelter services for adult trafficking victims do not exist, and the
government should make every effort to open or support facilities which could provide men and women with