From: The Honorable Yvette D. Clarke
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Date: 12/14/2016

Dear Colleague:

We are writing to invite you to a State Department briefing with Ambassador Kenneth H. Merten, Special Coordinator for Haiti and Deputy Assistant Secretary. The staff briefing will address the November 20th elections in Haiti and the future
of U.S. Policy toward Haiti. This briefing will take place today, December 14th, at 1:00pm in 5G (516) Cannon. 

Haiti held its first round of presidential elections on October 25, 2015. Runoff elections were originally scheduled for December 27th, 2015. However, they were postponed until April 24th, 2016 following allegations of electoral fraud. New elections were
then scheduled for October 9th, yet Hurricane Matthew tragically hit Haiti on October 4th, causing the elections to be held on November 20th.

Jovenel Moïse was named the winner of the elections after preliminary results showed him with 55.67 percent of the vote. President-elect Moïse is now scheduled to assume the presidency on February 7th, 2017. Upon taking office, he will have to address numerous
difficult issues, including extreme poverty, infrastructure challenges, and public health crises, including the ongoing effects of the cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of approximately 10,000 Haitians and was introduced by UN aid workers responding
to the 2010 earthquake.

Ambassador Merten will discuss the Haitian elections and answer questions concerning American policy toward Haiti.

Please RSVP to This event is being held in conjunction with the Congressional Caribbean Caucus.

We appreciate your interest in this briefing and look forward to your attendance.


Yvette D. Clarke
Member of Congress

Stacey Plaskett
Member of Congress

Mia Love
Member of Congress

Frederica Wilson
Member of Congress

Barbara Lee
Member of Congress