All in Peace

Building a City of Peace

Faced with a vulnerable, transient population and a weak and inefficient justice system, JUPED, with MCC support, launched a community-based restorative justice platform called Ti Platfòm Lapè, (Little Platforms of Peace) in 2017. The peace platforms are composed of pastors, teachers, market women, and other community members who have been trained in mediation skills and who meet every fifteen days to hear and resolve cases of conflict and violence in the community.

Sharing Hope through Justice

Zanmi Timoun provides incarcerated children with a lawyer and pays the court fees children’s families are unable to pay. With legal representation, most children finally receive a hearing with a judge and are often released soon afterwards.

MCC LACA: Peace Buttons and Education

Every year, MCC LACA brings together partners from around the region for an encounter around a specific theme. This year, we met in Colombia, to talk about education, and to visit an MCC partner, Edupaz, supported school. As always, the gathered practitioners are the experts.

1990s: 'Even planting trees was political': MCC in military-governed Haiti

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade

In the late 80s and early 90s, Haiti’s military leadership began a program of violent repression. These years of political upheaval would label MCC’s work as a political threat and lead to the arrest of MCC workers.

Video: Playing soccer for peace in Cité Soleil

Cité Soleil, a community in Port-au-Prince, is stigmatized by others in Haiti and the rest of the world as an area of extreme violence and competing gangs.

MCC partner SAKALA (Sant Kominote Altènatif Ak Lapè (SAKALA), The Community Center for Peaceful Alternatives) has developed a peace education tool that the youth are thrilled about—soccer.
 

Setting Captives Free: Legal Ministry in Haiti

In mid-2015, Amizial Rene was arrested on the basis of a friend’s accusation. It happened unexpectedly. For seven years, Amizial, a long-time resident of Port-au-Prince, sold cooking charcoal from a roadside perch beside his friend. One day, the other seller had 19 sacks of charcoal stolen and assumed Amizial was the culprit. He went to the police, made his accusation, and Amizial was swiftly arrested and placed in a prison to await trial (...)

The Harsh Law v. Christ: Haitian Criminal Justice Up-Close

When setting foot into the Palais de Justice in Les Cayes, Haiti, I am greeted by bold words Nicholas Nickleby might have copied from the walls of Dotheboys Hall: Dura Lex, Sed Lex, the law is harsh but it is the law. On its own, not the most surprising maxim to find in a courtroom. What makes me stare is that beneath it is a crucifix...