Diaspora U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti to Engage Diaspora at Town Meetings

Diaspora U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti to Engage Diaspora at Town Meetings

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“U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti to Engage Diaspora at Town Meetings; Comes Out of Retirement to Oversee Billions in Foreign Aid”

Contact Stephanie Domani <stephaniedomani@hotmail.com> at 973.371.0089.
WASHINGTON, DC November 8, 2010 United States Haiti Special Coordinator Thomas C. Adams will address a Town Meeting hosted by The Haitian Diaspora Federation, Friday evening, November 19, at the Brooklyn campus of the New York University Polytechnic Institute, beginning at 6 pm.

Formed in March, The Federation recognizes the need to engage with major players in the earthquake response and welcomes the nomination of Coordinator Adams, who has gracefully accepted to engage the Diaspora. This New York City Town Hall Meetings is the first of a series planned in coming months in the main Haitian Diaspora enclaves.  They are part of ongoing efforts by the Federation to secure meaningful participation of Haitian professionals and volunteers abroad in helping Haiti recover from a year of catastrophe – the January earthquake, the current cholera epidemic and the continuing need to evacuate and safely resettle more than a million environmental refugees.

Adams, who retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2008, was Coordinator of Assistance to Europe and Eurasia from 2005 to 2008, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of all U.S. assistance to the 29 countries that emerged from communism in Europe and Eurasia.  He was appointed Haiti Special Coordinator on September 27 and given broad authority to oversee U.S. government engagement with Haiti.  This includes diplomatic relations and the implementation of a reconstruction strategy in partnership with the Government of Haiti and other donors.  In this capacity, he controlled the annual allocation of approximately $800 million of assistance, as well as coordination of an additional $1.5 billion of assistance by other agencies of the U.S. Government directed towards Haiti transition to full democracies and market economies. 

The Town Meeting will begin with a report by Major Joseph Bernadel, the Diaspora’s representative to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.  The Commission has screened and approved hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid to Haiti over the past few months.  Mr. Adams will then address the meeting on the scope, accomplishments and unfinished business of American intervention in Haiti since the earthquake.  Mr. Adams will explain how he, as Special Coordinator, will engage Haitian-Americans in the recovery effort from this time forward.  Ample time will be given for audience participation. 

The event is free of charge and opened to the public.  Space is limited, so confirmation of attendance is required by email to Stephanie Domanistephaniedomani@hotmail.com.

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The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.