Victims' Rights Caucus

Press Releases

HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS

Jan 14 2010

U.S. Inquiries

Those searching for individuals believed to be in Haiti, contact the Departments Haiti Task Force at 1-888-407-4747; please have available the following: full name; date of birth; citizenship; time, date, and place of last known location; any contact information; and constituent e-mail address.

Anyone seeking information about U.S. citizens in Haiti can e-mail the State Department at Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force at the Embassy which is taking calls as conditions permit.  Contact the Embassy via email to request assistance.  U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassys Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.

U.S. Department of State Information

The State Department has created a task force to monitor the emergency.  For further information and updates, please see the State Departments Consular Affairs website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Persons who wish to provide assistance or expertise in Haiti are asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information at:  http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/.

How to Contribute to the Efforts

For people who wish to lend in-kind or monetary donations, please refer to www.whitehouse.gov.  The State Department created a mechanism for immediate monetary assistance, text "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, and charged to your cell phone bill.  

If you have a significant in-kind contribution to make such as a plane, a cargo ship, a team of doctors, portable generators, or large-scale water purification equipment please log onto the website of the Center for International Disaster Information at www.cidi.org.  The Center for International Disaster Information is a partner organization of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) that can help put usable donations on the ground in Haiti.