This week we have all seen the devastation that has occurred in Haiti. We have watched as young children are pulled from crumbled buildings, family members search for their loved ones and citizens from all over the world come together to offer assistance. As our Haitian neighbors begin to recover from this tragedy, please find information below on citizen inquiries, adoptions and volunteer opportunities. In the days ahead, let us all keep the victims, their families and those working on their behalf in our prayers.
U.S. Citizen Inquiries:
The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force at the Embassy which is taking calls as conditions permit. The Embassy is working to identify U.S. citizens in Haiti who need urgent assistance and to identify sources of emergency help. U.S. citizens in Haiti are urged to contact the Embassy via email (ACSPaP@state.gov) to request assistance. U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. The State Department has also created a task force to monitor the emergency. People in the U.S. or Canada with information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti may reach the Haiti Task Force at 888-407-4747; Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444. For further information and updates, please see the State Department’s Consular Affairs website.
U.S. citizens with pending adoption cases in Haiti are requested to contact the Department of State at AskCI@state.gov for information about their adoption case. In your inquiry, please include: full name and contact information of parents, full name(s) of child(ren), date(s) of birth of child(ren) [if known], and the name and contact information of orphanage. You can find additional information about adoptions in Haiti at http://adoption.state.gov/news/Haiti.html#.
Individuals who seek to make a contribution and/or a donation to disaster relief efforts, may wish to visit the following websites for further information:
- The American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
- International Medical Corps: http://www.imcworldwide.org/
- The White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Haitian Citizens in the U.S.:
Haitian citizens in the U.S. should call the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 202-332-4090, or the Haitian Consulate in New York City, 305-859-2003.
Additionally, individuals who wish to provide assistance or expertise in Haiti are asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information. The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at: http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/, 703-276-1914.