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Haiti partner presented with prestigious award

June 2012


Collette Lespinasse was presented with an award in recognition of her work advocating the rights of displaced Haitians

Colette Lespinasse, founder and director of our Haiti partner GARR, was presented with the Richard C. Holbrooke Award in recognition of her work advocating the rights of displaced Haitians.

Ms Lespinasse was selected by Refugees International for her tireless work to improve community-based protection for refugees and displaced people in Haiti, through her organisation GARR, which stands for the Support Group for Refugees and Returnees.  The award is named after the US diplomat and statesman, Richard C. Holbrooke.

Prospery Raymond, Christian Aid country manager for Haiti said: 'For more than twenty years, Colette has been a defender of human rights and worked firmly on behalf of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic, as well as Dominicans of Haitian descent who are discriminated against due to their ethnicity.

‘She is a well-known, fearless writer and activist on the rights of the internally displaced inside Haiti, exposing the mistreatment and humiliation of Haitians seeking to build (and rebuild) their lives both inside and outside Haiti's borders.' 

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