Oxfam deputy executive resigns in Haiti scandal

  • Oxfam deputy executive resigns in Haiti scandal

Oxfam deputy executive resigns in Haiti scandal

The process paves the way for prosecutions to be considered in the Caribbean state or in the home countries of suspects.

British officials said Oxfam is risking $60 million in annual government funding over a lack of transparency in dealing with the alleged misconduct.

Oxfam's deputy chief executive last night resigned after the Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt hauled in the already under fire charity's bosses.

"I told Oxfam they must now demonstrate the moral leadership necessary to address this scandal, rebuild the trust of the British public, their staff and the people they aim to help, and deliver progress on these assurances", she added in a statement.

"Trócaire has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse of any person", said Niamh McCarthy, the agency's communications officer. We established a dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential whistleblowing hot line that is available to our staff and partners and a safeguarding contact point within countries as part of a package of measures to ensure that we do all we can to protect our staff, prevent sexual abuse and misconduct happening in the first place, and improve how we handle any allegations.

Simon Boas, executive director of Jersey Overseas Aid, which is funded by taxpayers, said that the local charity was "appalled by the accusations".

Mr Corbyn said: "What happened in Haiti is disgraceful and disgusting". Your mission was not to exploit, to sexually exploit those girls. "If we are going to wipe out this problem that's been known about for 30 years, people need to go to jail".

He called on the charity and the British Government to identify those suspected of wrongdoing so they can be prosecuted "in the worldwide system".

Ms Thomson described the charity as very ashamed by claims senior aid workers used prostitutes in Haiti, amid an worldwide relief effort in 2011.

Professor Andrew MacLeod, a lawyer and former aid worker, said: "Under the United Kingdom child sex tourism laws, if one of these prostitutes was underage, the person has broken the law here".

"Thanks to Helen's work we have introduced a whole range of measures to improve how we deal with safeguarding issues". It was a crime.

Some 25% said they were fairly untrustworthy, 44% that they were fairly trustworthy, and 9% that they were very trustworthy.

Calls were also growing for the Met Police to investigate, as it emerges Oxfam workers may have broken British laws about sex exploitation overseas. 'How do they know the women would have been endangered?' Her husband, Graham Bray, 61, is chief operating officer at charity Young Lives.

The Charity Commission's deputy chief executive David Holdsworth said: "Charities and dedicated, hard-working aid workers undertake vital, lifesaving work in some of the most hard circumstances across the world".

It was during her tenure as programme director that Oxfam staff allegedly committed sex offences in Chad in 2006 and later in Haiti.

Roland van Hauwermeiren--dirty old criminal. Despite allegations of illegal behaviour by his team, he was later appointed to the Haiti job by Miss Lawrence.

She said: "There was one of a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced in exchange for aid and another one where it had come to our attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn't disclosed that, and we were then concerned about what he might be doing, and that was three allegations in one day".

Penny Lawrence said in a statement that as program director at the time Oxfam workers were in Chad and later in Haiti after its 2010 quake, she took full responsibility.

Mr MacLeod said some of those workers who resigned were even given good references.

The way to "fix aid", he said, was to put in place mandatory reporting between aid agencies, the United Nations and host governments whenever there was an accusation against an aid worker.

"Their chosen methodology to get access to children is to join a children's charity".