February 12 Monday

Accountability for the UN's Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • Room 122
  • Open To The Public
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In the fall of 2010, a cholera epidemic began in Haiti that has since infected over 800,000 people, killing 10,000. The source of the outbreak was traced to UN peacekeepers who recklessly disposed of their sewage into a river that many Haitians depended on for drinking water. After six years of global advocacy, Ban-Ki Moon issued a public apology to Haiti in 2016 and launched a $400 million plan to eliminate cholera and repair victims. More than a year later however, the organization has done little to keep its promises and compensate Haitians for the damage it is responsible for.

Join ACS, the Schell Center, and the Global Health Justice Partnership for a lunchtime talk with Sienna Merope-Synge from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, the organization which has spearheaded the legal and advocacy efforts for justice for Haiti's cholera victims. The talk will focus on the Institute's work hold the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti and the problems that persist.

​Sienna Merope-Synge is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Sienna works primarily on UN accountability issues, including co-leading global advocacy efforts to secure remedies for victims of the UN-introduced Haiti cholera epidemic. Prior to joining IJDH, Sienna worked as a United Nations consultant on transitional justice and gender-based violence issues, as a public law litigation attorney with the law firm of Herbert Smith Freehills, and as a refugee advocate with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Sienna earned her LLM at the NYU School of Law, where she was a Hauser Global Scholar, and holds undergraduate political science and law degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She speaks English, French, and Kreyol. ​

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ACS, Schell Center, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP)