Senator Mary Landrieu, Congressman Jim Cooper and other Congressional leaders have issued a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for the Secretary’s consideration of Haitian orphans in the Department’s response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The letter details specific actions and includes a list of known Haitian orphanages.
We strongly supports the requests made in the letter including:
- consideration of humanitarian parole for children in the process of being adopted,
- the provision of temporary care in the U.S. for orphaned children,
- the channeling of aid and safe shelter to Haiti’s most vulnerable.
We are honored to have assisted in bringing the needs and locations of Haitian orphans to the Members of Congress and for their immediate response and heartfelt leadership. We extend our sincere appreciation to Senator Landrieu, Congressman Cooper and other Members of Congress for their continuing efforts to ensure the safety of Haiti’s most vulnerable orphans.
Given the reports being filed with Joint Council, perhaps the most urgent requests made by Members of Congress is for aid and safe shelter. Today has been filled with nightmarish reports from aid workers, orphanages and staff. Sadly, we reported earlier on the death of Molly Hightower, an orphanage volunteer, who was killed in the earthquake. Orphanages being robbed of their supplies and their staff threatened by locals makes safe shelter an immediate need.
We again thank those Members of Congress who responded by requesting Secretary Clinton’s direct involvement – let’s hope that the supplies get to the kids in time and that humanitarian parole is granted.