December 10, 2019

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks at Foreign Affairs Hearing to Address the Ongoing Crisis in Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee participated in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing “Haiti on the Brink: Assessing U.S. Policy Toward a Country in Crisis,” about the ongoing political and economic crisis in Haiti.  

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked with my colleagues to support the Haitian people and have visited Haiti several times. We have helped spearhead and guide US humanitarian assistance after the deadly earthquake, we have worked to improve and strengthen health care, we have supported efforts to strengthen governance, and we have always stood to protect the human rights of the Haitian people.  

“But the ongoing political and economic crisis in Haiti has led to food shortages, schools and businesses being shut down for weeks, and vital resources becoming scarce. There remains no confirmed government, no budget, and no council on elections.  

“Make no mistake: Haiti is in crisis.  We must work together to forge a path forward that protects the human rights for the Haitian people and that helps address the deep economic and political crisis.”