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Help Raise Support for the Orphanage Fire Victims in Haiti



By Speak Project | Mar 5, 2020, | Valerie Dirksen: Haiti FrontlinesWhat’s Going on in Haiti? 

To raise support for the orphanage fire victims in Haiti, the following is a letter written for Valerie Dirksen by a trusted volunteer of ICRAS, (International Children’s Rights Advocates Society).

Hello family, friends, acquaintances, and those who would want to help orphans in Haiti,

One thing upon which we can all agree is that when we know that children are being raped, trafficked, hired out for sex, slave traded, sold for: organ harvesting, use as human sacrifices, use in experiments, and every other heinous and deviant thing you can imagine, it makes you want to do something to help, protect, and free those children. Regardless of whose children, where they live, their skin color, or any other factor it makes you want to help. Especially heart rending is when these children who suffer so much are subject to a horrific catastrophe such as a horrendous fire,

Recently in February a tragic late nite fire burned down one of the largest orphanages in Haiti. Many children died including two disabled children who literally melted into the mattress where they were sleeping. Many children are missing and it is feared they were trafficked or abducted by opportunists during the confusion caused by the fire. The estimated annual value of a child to traffickers is three hundred thousand dollars.

Desperate and grieving family members are trying to find out what happened to loved ones including sons and daughters. It needs to be understood that most families in Haiti are at or near starvation level. They often put their children in orphanages in order for them to have sufficient care to keep them alive. Because Valerie is so trusted by the victims and their families THEY ARE GIVING POWER OF ATTORNEY TO VALERIE. Her NGO is the only one that the victims and families want to be involved with them. TRUST IS THE ISSUE. Just this past year the Government of Haiti received 24 million in US taxpayer support to address the trafficking problem, which problem is largely done through orphanages, Madame Villadroin the Director of the agency (IBESR) overseeing orphanages claimed that she did not have the money to do her job which begs the question: What happened to the 24 million to which she has access? That is only the money that was received from the US in 2019 let alone donors and NGOs and governments worldwide. We are not the only country sending aid to Haiti to stop Trafficking In Persons. The primary job of Director Villadroin is to make sure that orphanages are licensed and properly maintained and run. The number of orphanages in Haiti is approximately 753 and about 73 are licensed which numbers have not changed appreciably since 2003. There has been far more than enough money given to drastically improve what is happening in orphanages in Haiti.

The families, friends, and parents have called upon Valerie to come to Haiti and represent them to confront authorities over what happened in the devastating fire at the American owned orphanage in Fremathe near Port Au Prince. Also the parents don’t trust anyone else to help properly bury their sons and daughters.

We need to do a special fund raiser to help Valerie securely go to Haiti and stay for twelve days at the end of which she will be at an economic development hearing where she will expose what is really happening in Haiti and also give a plan that can realistically turn around Haiti in less that five years. As most people in Haiti are in abject poverty we also want to help with funeral expenses and as much aid to victim’s families as can be put together. Reuters and the other major news agencies and sources worldwide are already seeking to get the story.

As our fund raising is true, real, and proper aid and not the usual kickbacks to politicians, stolen by NGOs, payoffs to officials, and money laundering we are hoping that you will truly be moved to chip in $5 or $10 to help in this effort. We are bringing real help to real and deserving people and not some staged group to get your attention and sympathy.


Michael Geilenfeld – Accused Serial Pedophile




By Speak Project | Oct 22, 2019, | Valerie Dirksen: Haiti Frontlines 

In orphanages, a Brother-Predator caused Mayhem in Haiti under the guise of goodwill

By Valerie G. Dirksen*

SPECIAL TO HO—The first American Brother with the Missionaries of Charity claims he devoted his life to helping the poorest of the poor in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti. The stories he shared about life in Haiti with the world could bring even the hardest heart to tears. “Bring me the street children, the ones no one else wants. We want to teach them they are special and loved,” he would say. Through the years, boys came and went through the program, some even died in his care. The boys were taught to dance, sing and perform. They were even taught karate so they could fight each other to entertain visitors. Several months a year, the group toured in the United States and Canada to raise funds, thus missing school. He convinced everyone this was “therapy” for the broken boys. The brother’s stories always pulled at the heartstrings, and the boys performed their hearts out. One dance, called “the shoe shine,” depicted a Haitian man in a purple suit, smoking and refusing to pay the poor boy who was in rags. The police came and threaten to take the boy to jail. The audience always became engaged, and sadly, this is the vision most foreigners now have about Haitians.

The brother claimed he was raising cultural awareness about Haiti. After the show, the brother asked for a freewill donation. Emotional patrons, having just witnessed the greatest underdog-to-success story, were always quick to take out their wallets and checkbooks to put something in the baskets. Some were known to write checks for thousands of dollars, and many $100 bills made it into the baskets. And, the audience was told: “100% of every donation goes to the children of Haiti.”

Michael Geilenfeld – Founder of “Maison Saint-Joseph” orphanage in Port-au-Prince, in 1985

Sadly, life at the homes, really orphanages, is anything but the loving story the brother tells. In fact, throughout the years, different groups of boys have reached out to the authorities for help. They reported of being sexually, emotionally and physically abused by the self-proclaimed “Ange Michel” – and what an angel! These boys, who are orphaned or abandoned, don’t have parents to whom to talk. Due to the control and power that this brother had in a country like Haiti, it was very dangerous for the victims to report anything. Besides that, the brother tells everyone that Haitians are “liars, cheaters and stealers who have learned their tricks on the streets of Haiti and they are just manipulative.” In fact, that is a description that could be used to describe the brother himself. Sadly, even neighbors and friends turn on the victims, and accuse them of causing problems. Such is the reality of this dirty secret in Haiti — which is no longer secret.

The victims have shared their stories with priests, pastors, doctors and teachers and even with the U.S. Embassy. Some have made formal accusations to Marie-Carmel DeJean, the former head of “Institut du Bienêtre social et Recherches” (French acronym IBESR), a Haitian government organization offering children protective services. Even Catholic Archbishop Wilton Daniel, formerly from Atlanta, now in Washington, responsible for the church sex abuse scandals, has known about this situation since 2003. All these people have done nothing to help the victims seek justice and healing. One victim said, “After telling 12 visitors what was really happening at the house, and he told me I was lucky to be there, with a roof over my head, I decided to focus on my studies, because no one cared about our

All told, 10 times, over 30 years, the boys have gone to the authorities with their complaints. Madame Arielle Jeanty Villadrouin, the current IBESR director, conducted an investigation in January 2014, closed the home at Delmas 91 for minors, and refused to license it. Not long after that, Instruction Judge Al Dunel Dimanche ordered that the brother be jailed. In October 2014, he was arrested and spent 237 days in the Port-au-Prince National Penitentiary. You’ve probably heard about him: Michael K. Geilenfeld.

On his release, he went to the United States but by July 2015, he was back in Haiti. In October 2015, the Chief Government Prosecutor, Ocnam Daméus, and Attorney General Jean Roody Ali issued a search warrant and discovered minors at the home at Delmas 91. Authorities found three minors coming home from school. After interviewing several victims, an arrest warrant was issued. The warrant, signed by Magistrate Judge Abner Emile, led to the issuance of a “Red Interpol alert” arrest warrant for the brother. Rather than face the charges, Geilenfeld fled Haiti and went to Anamuya, north of Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, to join his man/wife, Brunel Ezra, who had opened a home for children there sometime after he fled Haiti.

Reportedly, this Brunel Ezra has a long history of trouble with the law. Not only did he stab a minor in the chest but on January 29, 2014, he had shot Haitian rapper O’Gun in the face at the Kinam Hotel in Pétion-Ville and fled to the Dominican Republic. Those at the Anamuya home, called “Casa de los Rios,” appear to be children of Haitian refugees and the operation is funded by organizations in the U.S. and possibly Canada. Several fundraising websites connected to the brother continue to operate and mention is made to the homes in Haiti, but nothing is said about the brother’s legal troubles or his business in the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported a major problem of organ trafficking going on in the country, with Haitian refugees being among the prime suspects. Additionally, it should be pointed out that the unlicensed Anamuya orphanage doubles up as a guesthouse. Based on what is known about the visitors to the Haitian homes, one can imagine what’s happening at Anamuya.

In April of this year, based on the “Red Interpol Alert,” Dominican law enforcement apprehended Michael Geilenfeld in Higuey. Considering that he was in violation of the U.S. Protect Act of 2003, the Dominican officials alerted U.S. law enforcement about his arrest. They waited two weeks for the American authorities to pick him up. Whereupon, Dominican law enforcement escorted him to New York John F. Kennedy international airport where his lawyer was waiting for him. Moreover, the Dominican Republic issued a “Blue Interpol Alert.” Even with two Interpol alerts targeting him, the brother continues with his fundraising activities in the United States.

The US Justice Department is well aware of the brother’s dossier, including the twenty sworn testimonies that have been filed at the Office of Protection of Minors, a branch of Haiti’s Central Directorate of the Judiciary Police (French acronym DCPJ). Definitely, the wheels of justice have been more than slow on this case.

Haitian and Dominican officials don’t want Michael Geinlenfeld back on the island of Hispaniola. Yet, he continues with his fundraising activities, and his homes, or so-called orphanages, are still open for business under the name of St. Joseph family. One always hears about what’s wrong with Haiti. But, here is something that is very right about Haiti. In October 2015, the Haitian justice system managed to issue an arrest warrant for rape, sexual aggression and abuse of title against Michael Geilenfeld and it is in force for 10 years, with expiration on October 28, 2025. The young men whose testimonies resulted in this judicial warrant are an inspiration to victims of predators everywhere. Despite several roadblocks, they continued to fight courageously for justice to be done.

Predator Geilenfeld will be looking over his shoulder for the next six years, unless justice nabs him before then. Sadly, he is not the only one preying on Haitian children. As mentioned previously, orphanages double as guesthouses for visiting volunteers. Foreigners love photo ops with the poor. It appeals to their egos. This is missionary tourism and Haiti is full of such tourists and the cases of several of these missionary tourists have reached U.S. courts where some have received stiff prison sentences.

Stories of abuse at orphanages are very common. From Daniel Pye in Jacmel, Father John Duarte of Cap-Haitian and Pétion-Ville, Father Marc Boisvertin Les Cayes, Bob Valerius in Cap Haitian, Michael Brewer in Tabarre, Father Mathew Andrew Carter in Croix des Bouquets, Father Ron Voss in Port-au-Prince and Doug Perlitz in Cap-Haitian, these predators got the message that Haiti was open for business. Many are connected to the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which advocates for lowering the age of consent for consensual sex.

This is a public health crisis throughout the Caribbean. It is multi-generational and has had damaging effects on society. Victims need help to heal from the invisible scars that are as real as scars from a machete blow. In fact, some psychological experts suggest that the invisible scars are even deeper and more painful. Without treatment, they will negatively affect certain individuals during a lifetime.

The victims demand justice. They are protected by Haitian laws and the Haitian Constitution. There should be outrage in the land, the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere and only successful slave revolt in the world! Haitians, your children are being victimized. You should be silent no more. Children, the future of every nation, are especially more vulnerable in a poor country like Haiti. For example, in February 2017, there was a sex trafficking bust at the Kaliko Beach Resort, north of Port-au- Prince. The American predators were allowed to leave without being charged while their Haitian accomplices were arrested. But, nothing has been heard of the case ever since.

A small group of volunteer advocates at the International Children’s Rights Advocate’s Society has worked tirelessly with Haitian psychologist Wilcox To-yo, MD, to raise awareness and help these victims move from their victim status to that of survivor. Salon Haïtien Santé Men-tale et du Bien-Ȇtre will be holding an “International Scientific Symposium,” October 5th and 6th at the Hotel Oasis in Pétion-Ville. The theme this year is “Children, Women and Mental Health in Haiti.” For additional information, call (509) 2209- 6838 and 3474-7414 in Haiti or 678-313-8437 in the U.S. We are looking for sponsors to help with this very important national dialogue.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Martin Luther King Jr., adding, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” These words are as true today as they were when he wrote them from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. We need to continue Dr. King’s legacy. We all have a responsibility to help the vulnerable in society, including the young, the elderly and the physically challenged. A dialogue must be opened on the unspeakable problem of sexual victimization going on in so-called orphanages in Haiti. As it is said, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Acting on what we believe is right; we should all be part of the solution.

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There’s none so blind as those who will not see, and none so deaf as those who will not hear




By Speak Project | Nov 18, 2019, | Valerie Dirksen: Haiti Frontlines

In September and October, I wrote about my work in Haiti based on my experiences advocating for a group of victims of a serial predator who had been accused over 10 times in thirty years of abusing the orphans in his care.  My phone has been ringing off the wall from people who have heard of this at other orphanages in Haiti. They have told me they tried to bring this to the authorities and humanitarian groups, including the United Nations. They were amazed we had been successful at obtaining an arrest warrant and red interpol arrest warrant for rape, sexual agression and abuse of title.  They felt encouraged that a new day had arrived in Haiti, and better days were ahead.

I have also written about the organ trafficking happening in the world.  As such a lucrative business with annual profits up to $1.2 billion, and the fact that most Haitians are O+ Blood type which is the most universal, no wonder why the Haitian government has decided Haiti is “Open for Business”… exploiting those who have no way of supporting themselves or their family.  Is this a business Haiti wants to be known for? Human trafficking and drug traffickers?

Let’s talk about another topic that is relevant to this problem for children in Haiti. The restavek is a child in Haiti who has been sent by their parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because their parents lack the resources needed to support the child.  Parents may send their children to live with wealthier (or less poor) families who are often their own relatives or friends. The children, usually from rural areas, are sent to live in more urban settings. This proposition is that the child will be able to have food and housing and sometimes an opportunity for education, in exchange for doing housework.  In reality, these children live in poverty, usually do not receive an education, and are in grave risk of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Everyone knows this, but find the topic difficult to discuss or find possible solutions for.

How is this permitted in the first free black nation?  The only successful slave revolt in history in 1804? For some reason, the restavek system is tolerated in Haitian culture.  Haiti has the largest group of NGOs on the planet, but yet they look the other way at this practice meeting formal international definitions of modern day slavery and child trafficking.  Conservative estimates show children currently being used as a restavek numbering 300,000 plus! Child Domestic Workers in Haiti are defined as 1) living away from parents home; 2) not following normal progression in education and 3) working more than other children.  this number is more than 500,000! One in four children aged 5-17 currently live away from their biological parents, Sadly, almost three-quarters of these children are girls.

As poverty and political turmoil rises, the reported number of restaveks continues to increase dramatically.  All the displacement from the earthquake, and the constant political turmoil, has caused many more children to become restaveks.  One Haitian orphanage operator in Kenskoff has thirteen children he helps with very minimal outside help. He recently told me there is a need to open his home to more, but he is sad that he does not have the funding or resources.  As a result, these young children, some as young as three years of age, are forced to fend for themselves, by begging on the street, cleaning windows, or falling prey to predators. This scenario has to change.

The best place for a child is with their parents.  Members of the international community have talked about addressing the root cause of child servitude for years.  There are many “humanitarians” who regularly visit Haiti, and hang out in the Marriott and convene panels, or forums or conferences.  They have bracelets, and t-shirts, and nice lunches, but they do nothing to address the problem. These events appear to be self serving, and amount to little more than a field trip to stay at a nice hotel and have a great Haitian meal.  So what is the answer? Improving the economy through substantial economic development is the first step. A parent who is gainfully employed, would be able to afford to support their child. These same parents would not be as easily pressured by recruiters to hand their children over to become restaveks if they were able to maintain a home.

One NGO after another who makes their mission to work on behalf of Restavek children have typically focused on raising awareness, engaging host families, encouraging education and a variety of short-term solutions.  This is not enough.

One cannot ignore the protests that have been going on since last June.  The unarmed youth have taken to the streets. They are tired and have decided their future will be decided by this moment in time, and they want to be on the right side of the issue.  They are unarmed, and have been using any means necessary, which some may describe as “guerilla warfare”. They are standing up to sharp shooters, with the best weapons. They are standing up to police who have been trained in military tactics.  This week, a Haitian born man arrived at the airport in PAP loaded down with military assault weapons. Whoever packed for him, left a note on some of the rifles, saying “good luck Colonel”. Good luck with what…killing unarmed student protestors?  Haitian police said last week that they had arrested a passenger who had three gun cases in his possession. What would cause Jacques Yves Seastien Duroseau, 33, a former US Marine to fly from New Bern, NC to PAP? He had weapons and ammunition. How could he be able to travel commercial airlines with these weapons?  What was his mission? What would he need guns including two Uzis and a 45 caliber pistol for? If in fact the weapons were Uzis, they would be considered fully automatic and would be considered illegal to own in the US. This person was caught in the act, but how many go undetected? There are a lot of questions, with few answers, and the international media remains silent to these reports, leading to more speculation as to who is causing the media freeze, and why?

Federal law permits passengers to travel with unloaded firearms as checked baggage as long as they are locked and in a hard-sided container.  The traveler is also required to declare the weapons and/or ammunition to the airlines at check-in. With Haiti under a US arms embargo, importing guns into the country without authorization from the Haitian National Police is illegal.  The country is full of illegal arms. Social media is full of videos that show gangs engaging in shootouts with assault weapons. Meanwhile, the average Haitian is unarmed, and not able to protect their family.

Since Mr. Duroseau held an American passport, the Embassy Security Officer, was sent to the airport to meet with him.  What is the Embassy involvement? What does Ambassador Sison know? What does Justice Minister Aly know? Is this going to be handled like the group former Prime Minister Ceant referred to as “mercenaries” and “terrorists” from the US on February 16th?

Attempts to reach out to the Moise administration and the US Ambassador to Haiti, Michele sison have fallen on deaf ears with no explanation.  Like the mercenaries from February, this appears to also violate Haitian criminal procedure. In February, the Haitian administration dismissed the Prime Minister Ceant to settle the problem.  What will they do this time, since there is no Prime Minister to dismiss?

Last time US Senator Marco Rubio flew to Haiti to meet with Haitian President Moise.  At the time, Rubio called for the formation of a new government and the need for “good faith dialogue” and parliamentary elections scheduled for October”.  So much for that idea. Neither of those things have occured, and Rubio’s twitter account tweets about Venezuela and Hong Kong and Bolivia…but is radio silent on Haiti.  Interesting reaction given the fact that he wasted no time flying to Haiti in February, and has been close associates of former Martelly friend and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Haitians are protesting for a better life, better education, health care and jobs.  The world should encourage them and respect the law. Helen Keller could hear and see the voices and actions of the student protestors, but yet, recent protests of the diaspora have only brought less than 500 people together to stand with their brothers and sisters in Haiti. Having spoken to many opposition leaders in Haiti, they always ask me, “why are the Diaspora not helping us.  We have been robbed, and exploited and taken advantage of. It is time to unite, and close the chapter of being known as the most corrupt country in the world. Our children are watching, and we owe it to them.”

“Hear this, you foolish, and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:  Jeremiah 5:21. “L’Union fait la force” is a Haitian motto that led to the independence of Haiti. Indeed, in “Unity There’s Strength!” And, in three powerful words–“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”–  the Haitian Constitution affirms the essence of our bonding together for the wellbeing of all.

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Is there a way to truly understand the depth of the crisis in Haiti and get financial assistance directly to victims?

The island nation abutting the Dominican Republic is a devastated no man’s land, a haven for sex and drug traffickers and every perverse form of corruption in between, where billions of dollars of humanitarian aid never reached the people, where starvation, anarchy and desperation drives kids, teenagers and adults to the streets to fight for survival with homemade weapons and ravenous bellies.

“Haiti was always bad,” people are wont to say in decisive tones.

This week an orphanage located in Fermate, located in south Port-au-Prince, burned down. You may have heard about it. Mainstream reports include “unauthorized orphanage” in the title without explaining that the building in which just under two hundred children were trying to survive, had no electricity, running water or anything in the way of accommodations. The orphanage, one of several inadequate structures operating in deplorable conditions, presented one of very few options for children in need.

On Thursday, it took fire fighters 90 minutes to arrive at the scene. By that time many were already dying via asphyxiation. Inside, there was one door out. 

Valerie Dirksen, a journalist who has worked diligently over the past several years to publicize Haiti’s plight and elicit help for its victims, is seemingly fighting a one-woman battle against corruption. In December, Dirksen asked Speak Project to help ensure the safe-keeping of several young people who had testified against accused pedophile mob-boss Michael Geilenfeld. She needed to fund their upkeep for another month, an upkeep that barely covered food and housing much less their safety, and she had completely run dry of funds to do so.   

Dirksen reports that one of those whistleblowers lived at the orphanage in Fermate. She clarifies that children on the second floor had lit candles for light, starting the fire. Everyone on the second floor died, with the initial death toll totaling 20 children, not 13 or 15, as is being reported. Many more children were injured and died en route or in the clinic, also not reported. 

“The conditions were squalid and the orphanage was closed down in 2013 but continued to operate.  The non-profit reported collecting $2.5 mil last year and had two airplanes and reportedly received food from USAid to feed the poor,” said Dirksen on a call this morning.

Of course none of these funds reached the children.

“This is really a bad situation,” Dirksen emphasized.

The injured children have been moved to a clinic at the Baptiste mission which lacks the facilities or caregivers to treat burn victims. At least four of the fire victims are under age six and are burned over 80% of their body.

Dirksen is scrambling to get them transported to burn facility as soon as possible.

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Michael Geilenfeld – Accused Serial Pedophile

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