Haitian Anti-crime bill to Biden
A Haitian anti-crime rider, part of legislative Omnibus bill, moves to presidential approval. Photo by Christianity Today

WASHINGTON, DC – An amendment to assess the United States’ efforts to combat Haitian kidnapping and armed violence has passed the Senate and is now with President Joe Biden, according to The Hill

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) originally introduced the amendment after 17 missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries in Ohio were kidnapped outside Port-au-Prince in October 2021. 

“I’m pleased that all of these missionaries are now safe, but the U.S. government needs a whole-of-government approach to better address this problem, and this amendment will help take steps to do just that,” Senator Portman said in a press release last week.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.