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The Créole term restavèk literally means someone who lives with another.
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Human Rights Headway Being Made for Haiti’s Most Vulnerable? | Ayiti Now Corp

Human Rights Headway Being Made for Haiti’s Most Vulnerable? | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
The human rights efforts in Haiti have also been helped with the approach of treating these issues with a holistic approach.
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A Photographer, A Fixer, the New York Times and Child Servitude in Haiti: A Story Gone Haywire, then Simply Gone

A Photographer, A Fixer, the New York Times and Child Servitude in Haiti: A Story Gone Haywire, then Simply Gone | Restavek | Scoop.it
A post about child servitude in Haiti, deleted from the New York Times Lens Blog, serves as the basis for questions about the ethics of photojournalism, the practice of online journalism and the issues involved when the American media market trains a lens on ethical behavior in a country like Haiti.
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Haiti, un viaggio tra occhi e cuore | Ayiti Now Corp

Haiti, un viaggio tra occhi e cuore | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
Circolo dei lettori di Novara (Broletto) Presentazione delle immagini di Stefano Airaghi per Ayiti Now Corp Raccolta Fondi
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#‎DirittiUmani #‎Terzo e #‎Quarto #‎Mondo #‎Sistema #‎Restavek #‎Poverta' #‎Estrema #‎Schiavitu' #‎Storia #‎Geopolitica #‎Emancipazione #‎Democrazia #‎Destabilizzazione #‎Imperialismo #‎Programmi #‎Carita' #‎Compassione #‎Capitalismo #‎Socialismo #‎Foto #‎Viaggio #‎Haiti #‎Rivoluzione #‎Napoleone #Novara
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Host rationalize restavèk practice beneficial and generous | Ayiti Now Corp

Host rationalize restavèk practice beneficial and generous | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
Host families recognize that without their benevolence the restavèk child most likely would have to live on the street without food or shelter.
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#Parents in dire #economic straights give their #children away as a means of coping with their #poverty. Parents see #child #placements as an #opportunity for #social #mobility for the child and the #family. They #believe #working as a #domestic #servant in the #city at least increases the child’s #opportunity to access #education and other #services rather than #living in the #impoverished family #home with no chance for #advancement.
Moreover, other #collateral #consequences and #causes of poverty such as the lack of proper #maternal #health, large family size, reduced #paternal #responsibility, #unemployment, #classism, lack of #parental education, and #cultural #acceptance #perpetuate the #restavèk #system.
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The restavèk system often involves koutchye | Ayiti Now Corp

The restavèk system often involves koutchye | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
The Restavèk system often involves middlemen recruiters, or koutchye, who are paid to find a restavèk for host families.
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The Restavek practice originally involved the transfer of the child from one family to another. However, the restavèk system is more accurately characterized as trafficking and now often involves middlemen recruiters, or koutchye
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How the Restavek system started in #Haiti? | Ayiti Now Corp

How the Restavek system started in #Haiti? | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
This Restavek system started out with poor families placing their children in the houses of wealthier urban families
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In #Haiti, this Restavek system started out with poor families placing their children in the houses of wealthier urban families, often relatives, to gain access to education and other social services. However, it has deteriorated into a system of slavery in which poor children are trafficked to serve as unpaid domestic laborers in poor urban neighborhoods.

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The practice of ‪‎restavèk‬ persists. | Ayiti Now Corp

The practice of ‪‎restavèk‬ persists. | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
It is estimated that 300,000+ ‪#‎children‬ are restavèk in ‪‎Haiti‬, with an additional estimated several thousands restavèk‬ children in the ‪‎DR‬ Dominican Republic.

The ‪#‎child‬ in the ‪‎picture‬ wakes up at 4am to run all the chores, ‪#‎she‬ is in charge of all the ‪‎household‬ work including taking care of the ‪‎younger‬ children.
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It is estimated that 300,000+ ‪#‎children‬ are restavèk in ‪‎Haiti‬, with an additional estimated several thousands restavèk‬ children in the ‪‎DR‬ Dominican Republic.

The ‪#‎child‬ in the ‪‎picture‬ wakes up at 4am to run all the chores, ‪#‎she‬ is in charge of all the ‪‎household‬ work including taking care of the ‪‎younger‬ children.

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Restavèk means “to stay with” in Creole | Ayiti Now Corp

Restavèk means “to stay with” in Creole | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
The term restavèk comes from the French and Creole meaning “to stay with.” Restavèk are generally children of poor rural families
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The term restavèk comes from the French and Creole meaning “to stay with.” Restavèk are generally children of poor rural families who are sent to stay with and work as unpaid domestic servants for less poor, urban families. Parents send a child away with the hope that in return for the child’s labor, the host family will provide the child with food and shelter and send the child to school.

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Novel brings Haitian slave children to light - Barton Chronicle Newspaper

Novel brings Haitian slave children to light - Barton Chronicle Newspaper | Restavek | Scoop.it
copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015 Reviewed by Tena Starr The Gold Exchange, Exposing Haiti’s Child Slavery System, by Susan Belding. Paperback. 273 pages. Published by Willoughby Gap Press. $8.14 on Amazon. Susan Belding (who many of you would know … Continue reading →
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copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015 Reviewed by Tena Starr The Gold Exchange, Exposing Haiti’s Child Slavery System, by Susan Belding. Paperback. 273 pages. Published by Willoughby Gap Press. $8.14 on Amazon. Susan Belding (who many of you would know … Continue reading →

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Niños esclavos, la dura realidad de más de cinco millones de menores | EROSKI CONSUMER

Niños esclavos, la dura realidad de más de cinco millones de menores | EROSKI CONSUMER | Restavek | Scoop.it
Niños esclavos, la dura realidad de más de cinco millones de menores
Hoy, Día Mundial contra la Esclavitud Infantil, se recuerda que millones de niños y niñas en todo el mundo son obligados a trabajar en las peores condiciones imaginables
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Niños esclavos, la dura realidad de más de cinco millones de menores

Hoy, Día Mundial contra la Esclavitud Infantil, se recuerda que millones de niños y niñas en todo el mundo son obligados a trabajar en las peores condiciones imaginables

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Why Haiti Is One Of The Worst Countries For Child Slavery

Why Haiti Is One Of The Worst Countries For Child Slavery | Restavek | Scoop.it
Why Haiti Is One Of The Worst Countries For Child Slavery
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Child Slavery Active in Haiti

Child Slavery Active in Haiti | Restavek | Scoop.it
Human rights organizations Beyond Borders and Zanmi Timoun report a pandemic of restavèk children living in inhumane conditions
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Some Haitian children work for their keep but sometimes are abused, a panel revealed 
In Haiti, a 9-year-old girl leaves her poor village to work as a domestic worker for a family in Port-au-Prince, the island’s capital. She will not earn money,...

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Steve McQueen: Anti-Slavery's 175th anniversary is nothing to celebrate | Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen: Anti-Slavery's 175th anniversary is nothing to celebrate | Steve McQueen | Restavek | Scoop.it
Steve McQueen: For me, 12 Years a Slave offered too many modern parallels for the 175th birthday of Anti-Slavery International – of which I am a proud patron – to prompt anything other than renewed effort
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 took more than 50 years of campaigning to stop the transatlantic Slavery Trade, in 1807, then slavery itself in the British colonies in 1833, and then to ban slavery under its different name of apprenticeship in 1838. www.restavek.ngo

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Infographic Ending Restavek Child Domestic Servitude | Ayiti Now Corp

Haiti's Model Communities Ending Restavek Child Domestic Servitude The results of an evaluation of the Freedom for Haiti's Children.
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Haiti’s Model Communities Ending Restavek Child Domestic Servitude The results of an evaluation of the Freedom for Haiti’s Children. Infographic produced by Ayiti Now Corp’s Volunteers
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Measuring Monetary Poverty In Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp

Measuring Monetary Poverty In Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
Poverty in Haiti: The country of Haiti has almost always been classified as the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and has experienced a stagnation or even decline in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since it achieved independence. Today, Haiti is run by a transitional government assisted by an international stabilization force to address the country’s manifold problems. One such is …
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There are obstacles to mass migration such as familial or personal ties, becoming disillusioned to the prospect of a new living area and the risk of falling into more abject poverty after migration.
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Resources to send Restavek children to school | Ayiti Now Corp

Resources to send Restavek children to school | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
Many host families do not even have the resources to send their own children to school since there is a dearth of free and public education.
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Many host #families do not even have the #resources to send their own #children to school since there is a dearth of free and #public #education. Furthermore, in most cases, host families themselves are #poor and are often unable to properly feed even their own children. In fact, the PADF and USAID study found that a not insignificant minority, 11%, of host families themselves send their children into #restavèk #placement. http://www.haiti-now.org/2016/03/resources-send-restavek-children-school/
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Girl restavèk are particularly vulnerable | Ayiti Now Corp

Girl restavèk are particularly vulnerable | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
The majority, approximately two-thirds, of restavèk are girls. Girl restavèk are particularly vulnerable to the sexual abuse of males in the host family.
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‪#‎Restavèk‬ are ‪#‎mistreated‬, ‪#‎neglected‬, and ‪#‎abused‬ ‪#‎emotionally‬, ‪#‎physically‬, and ‪#‎sexually‬ in a myriad of ways.
The ‪#‎majority‬, ‪#‎approximately‬ two-thirds, of restavèk are ‪#‎girls‬. Girl restavèk are particularly ‪#‎vulnerable‬ to the ‪#‎sexual‬ ‪#‎abuse‬ of ‪#‎males‬ in the ‪#‎host‬ ‪#‎family‬. In fact, restavèk girls are sometimes called la pou sa, there for that.
Some restavèk , while not ‪#‎suffering‬ from such overt abuse, ‪#‎suffer‬ emotionally from ‪#‎neglect‬ and ‪#‎isolation‬. Many restavèk also have ‪#‎stunted‬ ‪#‎child‬ ‪#‎development‬. Since ‪#‎children‬ have little ‪#‎time‬ to ‪#‎play‬, they often lack ‪#‎imagination‬ and fail to develop personal ‪#‎dreams‬ and ‪#‎goals‬. It is ‪#‎difficult‬ for many restavèk children to imagine a #better and different #future.
The #Haitian #government’s #failure to #protect children from #mistreatment and abuse #violates the right to be #free from #inhumane and #degrading #treatment as #provided for in Article 5 of the UDHR, the #right to #protection from #violence, abuse, and #exploitation as outlined in Article 19 of the CRC, and the right to be free from #work which #harms the #health and #safety of the child as put forth in Article 3 of ILO Convention 187.
#President Jean Bertrand #Aristide once #explained that the #practice of restavèk is “so #ingrained in Haiti that too many #people do not even #know they are #breaking the #law.”
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Restavek Are Unpaid Domestic Workers Also In Slums | Ayiti Now Corp

Restavek Are Unpaid Domestic Workers Also In Slums | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
High demand for domestic workers.For the most part, restavèk are found in middle to lower middle class homes, as well as the poorest slums.
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For the most part, restavèk are found in middle to lower middle class homes, as well as the poorest slums of Port-au-Prince. The lack of local water infrastructure and overall lack of public services such as electricity in poor neighborhoods creates high demand for domestic workers to fetch water each day, and provide other basic services. Since families in these poor neighborhoods usually lack employment and are unable to pay for domestic help, these families rely on free child labor. A recent survey conducted by the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF) and USAID found that Cite Soleil, the largest slum of Port au Prince, had the highest percentage of children who were living in restavèk. While sixteen percent of all Haitian children surveyed were found to be restavèk, forty percent of all children surveyed in Cite Soleil were restavèk.
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School, hard work, promises and Restavek children in Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp

School, hard work, promises and Restavek children in Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
The #biological #parents are #promised that their #child will be treated #well and sent to #school; #unfortunately, in the #overwhelming #majority of #cases these are #false promises. #Restavèk #children instead live a #life of #hardship and #work. These #children, #constantly occupied with #work, seldom, if ever, attend school. This #denial of the #right to #education …
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The #biological #parents are #promised that their #child will be treated #well and sent to #school;#unfortunately, in the #overwhelming #majority of #cases these are #false promises. #Restavèk #childreninstead live a #life of #hardship and #work. These #children, #constantly occupied with #work, seldom, if ever, attend school. This #denial of the #right to #education is in #contravention of #Haiti #obligationsunder the #UDHR (Art. 26), the CRC (Art. 28), and the ILO Convention 182 (Art. 7).

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Work without pay - child labor | Ayiti Now Corp

Work without pay - child labor | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
A ‪‎restavèk‬  generally ‪works‬ ‪ten‬ to ‪‎fourteen‬ ‪hours‬ a ‪day‬ ‪‎without‬‪ compensation‬.
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A ‪‎restavèk‬  generally ‪works‬ ‪ten‬ to ‪‎fourteen‬ ‪hours‬ a ‪day‬ ‪‎without‬‪ compensation‬.

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Laws Protecting Children In Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp

Laws Protecting Children In Haiti | Ayiti Now Corp | Restavek | Scoop.it
In accordance with these international conventions, Article 335 of the Haitian labor code prohibits the employment of minors below the age of fifteen. Furthermore, an Act passed in June 2003 specifically outlawed the placement of children into restavèk service and the abuse and maltreatment of children generally.

 

Haiti is party to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UHDR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Haiti has also ratified the ILO Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, Convention 182, and the ILO Minimum Age Convention, Convention 138. Each of these conventions prohibits child slavery and servitude and provides for children to have the right to education and the right to be free from degrading and inhumane treatment.
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Each of these conventions prohibits ‪#‎child‬ ‪#‎slavery‬ and ‪#‎servitude‬ and provides for #children to have the right to ‪#‎education‬ and the right to be free from #degrading and #inhumane #treatment.

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In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery

In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery | Restavek | Scoop.it
In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery
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Haïti : Mentalité d’esclave et régime politico-économique (3 de 3)

Haïti : Mentalité d’esclave et régime politico-économique (3 de 3) | Restavek | Scoop.it
Haïti : Mentalité d’esclave et régime politico-économique
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Support efforts to end child slavery in Haiti -- SoMdNews.com

Support efforts to end child slavery in Haiti -- SoMdNews.com
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Child Slavery Active in Haiti

Child Slavery Active in Haiti | Restavek | Scoop.it
Some Haitian children work for their keep but sometimes are abused, a panel revealed
In Haiti, a 9-year-old girl leaves her poor village to work as a domestic worker for a family in Port-au-Prince, the island’s capital. She will not earn money,...
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Some Haitian children work for their keep but sometimes are abused, a panel revealed 
In Haiti, a 9-year-old girl leaves her poor village to work as a domestic worker for a family in Port-au-Prince, the island’s capital. She will not earn money,...

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