Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
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Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in the USA. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a human rights lawyer, cultural and political activist and the founder and president of the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN). She runs the Haitian Perspectives on-line journal and the Ezili Dantò Newsletter. Ezili’s HLLN is the recognized leading and most trustworthy international voice in Haiti advocacy, human rights work, Haiti news and Haiti news analysis. HLLN’s work is central to those concerned with the welfare of the people of Haiti, Haiti capacity building, sovereignty, institutionalization of the rule of law, and justice and peace without occupation or militarization. Ezili Dantò is also an educator who specializes in teaching about the light and beauty of Haitian culture; the Symbolic and Archetypal Nature of Haitian Vodun; the illegality and immorality of forcing neoliberal policies on Haiti and the developing world... Since the UN-imported cholera outbreak on October 2010, Ezili' HLLN has insisted that environmental clean-up, clean water and sanitation are the only permanent solution to stop the UN cholera spread. Zili Dlo is a humanitarian project that provides free clean water. For more go to the Ezili Danto/HLLN websites at http://www.ezilidanto.com/ and http://www.ezilidanto.com/zili

DECEMBER 6, 2010 11:05PM

Haiti Action: Demand maximum sentence for Pedophile Perlitz

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Haiti Action Requested on the Douglas Perlitz charity worker, pedophile case

Help Haiti's minor victims, request the Court impose the most severe sentence possible; attend the hearing

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Douglas Perlitz Case - Interview with Ezili Dantò of HLLN, broadcast around Sept. 6, 2010 on Haitian Radio Omega with Hans Roy on the program "Pensées sans frontières" just two weeks after Douglas Perlitz plead guilty.
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Haiti Action Alert: Demand maximum sentence for Pedophile Perlitz on Dec. 21, 2010

Folks, so much is going on right now for our beloved Haiti - imported cholera killing thousands, no relief for the 1.7 million people still homeless from the January earthquake, hundreds of charities fraudulently collecting upwards to $1.4 billion to help earthquake victims while their dying from drinking unclean water 11 months later, and now the Nov. 28 unfair elections without an electorate.

I know a lot is going on. But we must not forget that the Douglas Perlitz pedophile case - Docket No. 3:09CR207 (JBA) - is up for sentencing on Dec. 21, 2010 in New Haven , CT.

Below is a sample Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) letter you may personalized or use as is, to urge Judge Arterton to sentence Douglas Perlitz to the maximum possible sentence, to fine him the full $250,000 allowable fine, as well as to order Perlitz to pay the maximum restitution allowable by law in favor of his Haiti victims.

In one essay on this case, I detailed, for the Ezili HLLNetwork, that:
"In pleading guilty, Douglas Perltiz admitted that, on various dates between 2001 and 2008, he traveled from the United States to Haiti and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with at least eight minor victims of Haiti. Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2010, at which time Douglas Perlitz faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, a fine of up to $250,000 as well as restitution to his victims. In court, Douglas Perlitz did not dispute lead counsel for the prosecuting team, Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel's claim that she had evidence Douglas Perlitz engaged in sex with at least eight underage boys and as many as 13. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Douglas Perlitz faces anywhere from eight years and one month in prison to 19 years and seven months in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 21 by Judge Janet Bond Arterton. Federal law provides no parole. Whatever sentence Perlitz gets will be the amount of time he serves, minus 54 days granted every year for good behavior. Also, when Perlitz is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender, as well as spend anywhere from five years to the rest of his life being supervised by the US. Probation Department. Should he commit any crime while on supervision, he could be sent back to prison for another five years." (Douglas Perlitz admits sexually abusing homeless Haiti boys by Ezili Dantò of HLLN .)

Ezili's HLLN has worked diligently to give international voice to these children of Haiti so that Mr. Perlitz's supporters were not the ones filling in the vacuum in the US court, demeaning the victims, labeling them liars and opportunists. We believe our efforts assisted, in some ways, in Mr. Perlitz eventually pleading guilty, even after the case had been dismissed in Connecticut, perhaps so he would not face the large Haitian community in Brooklyn, New York where a warrant for his arrest is issued and he was re-indicted.

You will remember that HLLN, with the indispensable assistance of Lakou New York, brought up a bus of Haitians from New York to stand in the courtroom, filled with Mr. Perlitz supporters, to say no to his release on bond. We also conducted an awareness raising campaign and had the Ezili Network write to Judge Margolis to ask he not be released on bond. Moreover, we sent out action alerts, from time to time, asking those interested in helping meet the basic needs of these abused children, who now were back on the streets, to contact Cyrus Sibert directly for guidance on how to donate help. (See, Letter-writing campaign aims to keep Perlitz jailed By Michael P. Mayko, Connecticut Post, Oct. 14, 2009 ; Help Haiti's children - Demand that accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz, not be set free on bond ; Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O’Brien Cases by Tom Cleary, Fairfield Mirror, Oct. 15, 2009, The Collar of Impunity: Sexual abuse of Haiti children by Priests, Charity Workers, http://bit.ly/879eXs and UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children.)

In addition, HLLN has kept the concerned Haiti public and concerned world citizens updated on the course of the case as it went through the US court system. The Ezili Network has acted as a sort of watcher - veyo yo - in the traditional indigenous Haitian sense, to be sure the powerless Haiti street children had an international voice and that the same standards are used for our children as every other victim of sexual abuse. When a few months ago, a U.S. newspaper published pictures of the children victims in their paper, we protested the double standard with a letter to the journalist. Victims in the US are protected and shielded from such exposure.

We have had nothing but praises for the hard work of the Federal prosecutors and investigators trying this case and have often so written. (Douglas Perlitz admits sexually abusing homeless Haiti boys by Ezili Dantò of HLLN .) But when, on November 21st, it was reported that the Perlitz lawyers were attempting to postponed the December 21st sentencing because of the cholera outbreak and demonstrations against the United Nations in Cap Haitian, we wrote a public letter, objecting to both the prosecutors and Perlitz lawyers characterizing of all the mourning Haiti demonstrators and protesters legitimately accusing the United Nations of importing cholera as "insurgents." Haitians have the human right to self-defense and to protest when a foreign substance imported, as the CDC says from South Asia, is killing their children and families, en mass. This has been part of the public and non-confidential work Ezili's HLLN has done on this case.

We write now to urge that you write to the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven, USA, and ask the judge Arterton to sentence Douglas Perlitz to the maximum years allowable under the law on December 21, 2010 and also to request that if you are in the East Coast, USA, you come to the court sentencing to show your solidarity with the children. Haiti has a mostly non-functioning government. We are under UN occupation. But even though disenfranchised Haitians have no government to stand for them in such cases, concerned world citizens and Haitians living abroad, may come to the sentencing on behalf of the people of Haiti to stand for Haiti, for justice, for restitution.

The Douglas Perlitz sentencing is set for December 21, 2010. We may not get another moment, as we are working over-capacity right now, to raise this awareness again before that date. So, please, if you are in the East Coast area and can make it to court, come join the HLLN delegation and show your solidarity with the powerless children of Haiti. These children will not know who you are, as they mostly don't know us and all the work HLLN has done to push their case forward to justice. We do this work in true solidarity as we recognize our freedom and humanity depends on it. But if you sign and mail or fax a letter (a sample you may personalized or use as is, copied below) to the judge; if you can be present in court, these Haitians with little voice and no power will know you are a Haitian or decent world citizen who cares about the injustice done to Haiti's defenseless people in the name of doing good works in Haiti.

We recommend you arrive at 9 am to be seated in the court on December 21, 2010 at 141 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510. See contact info below and asample letter for writing to Honorable Janet Bond Arterton, United States District Judge, to ask Judge Arterton to sentence Douglas Perlitz to the maximum sentence in jail.

Although at this point in time, it looks like the December 21, 2010 sentencing date will go forward, to be sure, if you are considering attending, please check directly with the court the day before to assure yourself the sentencing date has not been postponed.

Also, for Haitians please listen to the Kreyòl interview for some important information.

Thank you very much for standing up for justice for Haitians.

Ezili Dantò
President, Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
December 6, 2010


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CONTACT INFORMATION FOR
Honorable Janet Bond Arterton, United States District Judge:

 

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RICHARD C. LEE UNITED STATES COURT HOUSE

141 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
Chambers Tele: (203) 773-2456
Clerk's Office Tele: (203) 773-2140 -- Fax: (203) 773-2334

Chambers Staff:
Aimee M. Tooker, Judicial Assistant
Josh Kretman, Law Clerk
Kevin Budris, Law Clerk
Betty Torday, Courtroom Deputy . . . . . . (203) 773-2706
Sharon Montini, Court Reporter . . . . . . . (203) 865-8089

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This interview with Ezili Dantò of HLLN of the Douglas Perlitz case will help give you further information. It was broadcast around September 6, 2010 on Haitian Radio Omega with Hans Roy on the program "Pensées sans frontières" just two weeks after Douglas Perlitz plead guilty.
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WHAT TO DO TO HELP

Please mail or fax a letter to Judge Arterton requesting that the maximum sentence and fines be imposed on the convicted pedophile Haiti charity worker, Douglas Perlitz, who hurt our Haiti children, for ten years, in the name of doing good works in Haiti. Help us meet our goal of at least 100 letters faxed or mailed to Judge Arterton on this matter. Thank you. For your convenience a sample letter that you may use "as is" or, better yet, personalized, is below.

You may send a fax through email for free at http://www.gotfreefax.com/

Ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. Thank you. Haitian children had no public voice in this process until Ezili's Network came on the scene. Men anpil chay pa lou - many hands make light a heavy load.

Help Haiti's children:
1. Ask Judge Arterton to impose the most severe sentence possible, and
2. If you're in the East Coast, attend the hearing on December 21, 2010. ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.

Men anpil chay pa lou - many hands make light a heavy load.

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HLLN SAMPLE LETTER
TO JANET BOND ARTERTON

Honorable Janet Bond Arterton
United States District Judge
Richard C. Lee United States Court House
141 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

December ____, 2010

Re: United States v. Douglas Perlitz; Docket No. 3:09CR207 (JBA)

Dear Honorable Judge Janet Bond Arterton:


I am writing to support Haiti children's quest for justice and restitution. Please impose the maximum sentence and fines on the convicted pedophile Haiti charity worker, Douglas Perlitz, who hurt powerless Haiti street children, for ten years, in the name of doing good works in Haiti. Mr. Perlitz abused his position of responsibility in the worst possible way, taking away the childhood of children already saddled with great obstacles.

Perlitz admitted to sexually abusing eight homeless boys who he had made dependent on his school project for getting shelter and schooling. He enticed and persuaded the hopelessly impoverished minors living on Haiti's streets to comply with the sex acts by providing the promise of basic needs all children should have as a given including food, clean water, shelter, shoes and clothes.

Moreover, Douglas Perlitz blatantly betrayed United States donors.

Powerful Perlitz supporters, especially from the Catholic Church in the US and Haiti, Fr. Paul Carrier, the Order of Malta and Fairfield University, gave legitimacy to Perlitz's Haiti endeavors. Perlitz and his supporters exploited this prestigious platform and access to raise millions upon millions of dollars from unsuspecting United States donors wishing to positively help the street children. But Perlitz used these monies to barter for sex and to prey on his helpless charges instead of providing what the donors expected - shelter, education, clean drinking water, food, safety and a healthier environment for the street boys to live in than the merciless streets of Cap Haitian.

I respectfully request the Court impose the most severe sentence possible, that Mr. Perlitz is fined the full $250,000 allowable fine, as well as ordered by the Court to pay the maximum restitution allowable under law in favor of his Haiti victims. Mr. Perlitz and others like him must be deterred from preying on such helpless victims.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Your Name_____________________
Contact info________________
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bcc. Ezili Dantò, President
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
e-mail: ezilidanto@yahoo.com
www.ezilidanto.com

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Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN)
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:


Ezili Dantò Note:


Haitians dehumanized as violent "insurgents": Pedophile Perlitz takes advantage of the dehumanization, tries to postpone his sentencing

The article entitled: Postponement request in Perlitz sentencing prompted by issues in Haiti by Michael P. Mayko, (http://bit.ly/eqHY2R - Connectituc Post, November 21, 2010) on Perlitz's request for postponement of his sentencing appears to characterize all the protesters legitimately accusing the UN of importing cholera as "insurgents." This merciless, incorrect and very colonial narrative dehumanized the parents, friends, and family members of dying cholera victims as violent "insurgents." Both sides in this case are objectifying all Haitians peacefully protesting against the presumably "innocent" UN as troublemakers because of the fear and extra work involved. But Pedophile Perlitz takes advantage of the blanket dehumanization, tries to postpone his sentencing.

In term of diseases on the Island of Ayiti, Columbus' sailors brought syphilis to the Island and decimated the Taino-Haitian population. African-Haitians are the Tainos. Columbus is the UN occupation force and the NGO "humanitarian" invaders. Cholera is small pox in a blanket or syphilis.

How could the grieving protestors against the UN importation of disease that is killing Haitians all be "insurgents?” Do Haitians have any reason to be angry and to take to the streets? What other choices or outlets for grievances have they been given by the occupiers?

Haiti is what? At war with the UN? The protestors are sick, hungry, grieving, have no bullets, no guns, no tanks, no helicopters, no representative government since the 2004 Bush bicentennial shock and awe regime change.

Even before the poisoning of the Artibonite River, their agricultural sector had been decimated by Clinton/NAFTA impositions, 1.3million of their livestock slaughtered by the US, their attempts at democracy destroyed by two Bush coup d'etats, their attempts at strengthening public infrastructure blocked by US imposition of privatization schemes, their culture ostracized and marginalized by forced assimilation from the Christian missionaries and their Douglas Perlitz-type "schools."

Ezili’s HLLN urges our readers to write to these folks carelessly dehumanizing the cholera protestors. Write also to U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, ask her to sentence Douglas Perlitz to the maximum 19 year sentence and not to postpone the sentencing. Justice delayed is justice denied and the children victims of pedophile Perlitz have already suffered the unspeakable and fought alone for their day in court and without much support for way too many years.

“Stop the media lies and UN spin that the protests in Haiti are "political." That's just the UN representatives being their normal partisan and bias selves in Haiti. Nothing new there. The facts support the Haitian accusations that the cholera is imported and not from Haiti. The CDC has confirmed this. There is no doubt that UN Nepalese fecal matter has been improperly disposed and dumped into Haiti's rivers and waterways. Would you, as parents, not be up in arms if it were your babies, your children, your mother, son, daughter, aunt, friends, family - your loved ones - who where dying from a foreigners' gross criminal negligence? The UN's attempts at dehumanizing the Haiti protestors who are parents, mothers, fathers, grieving friends, and dismissing their concerns clearly evidences that they are not a true "peacekeeping" force. Besides which, the island people of Haiti have been asking for an end to the UN occupation for quite some time, and have a long memory of US/Euro abuses at the hands of the "more civilized." Haitians are the Tainos, the Comanches, the Cherokees and Cholera is small pox in a blanket. The accused UN cannot investigate itself. (See, Haiti's case against the UN for importing cholera epidemic ).

The only ones interested in the upcoming Nov. 28 elections are not the Haitian people who have been disenfranchised since Bush Regime change 2004, but the US corporate interests bent on consolidating their anti-democratic power and getting Rwanda genocide death numbers in Haiti. Spread the truth about the corporatocracy's arrogance, ethnic cleansing and privatizations in Haiti led by Obama's appointed Clinton/Bush Fund and over 16,000 NGOs. Ask President Obama and the US Congress to withdraw from Haiti, stop blocking investment in the PEOPLE, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, roads, public sector jobs, health care, education, self-determination and sovereignty." (See, Avatar Haiti: November 18, 2010 Vertieres Rememberances -- What Can YOU Do to Stop the neo-feudalism in Haiti? - http://bit.ly/bGLivk )

Recall:
"....Another common practice among European explorers was to give "smallpox blankets" to the Indians. Since smallpox was unknown on this continent prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Native Americans did not have any natural immunity to the disease so smallpox would effectively wipe out entire villages with very little effort required by the Europeans...The Wampanoag lost 70 percent of their population to the epidemic and the Massachusetts lost 90 percent. Most of the Wampanoag had died from the smallpox epidemic so when the Pilgrims arrived they found well-cleared fields which they claimed for their own. A Puritan colonist, quoted by Harvard University's Perry Miller, praised the plague that had wiped out the Indians for it was "the wonderful preparation of the Lord Jesus Christ, by his providence for his people's abode in the Western world." Historians have since speculated endlessly on why the woods in the region resembled a park to the disembarking Pilgrims in 1620. The reason should have been obvious: hundreds, if not thousands, of people had lived there just five years before. In less than three generations the settlers would turn all of New England into a charnel house for Native Americans, and fire the economic engines of slavery throughout English-speaking America. Plymouth Rock is the place where the nightmare truly began..." (The Black Commentator, The History of Thanksgiving - http://bit.ly/d4tAeB)

Ezili Dantò of HLLN
November 21, 2010

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Accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz

- UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children

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2009 - Thank you: Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene

Hello Folks,

Thank you everyone for writing letters to the judge and otherwise showing concern for the rights of the children who spoke up about this alleged abuse by Douglas Perlitz. Please continue this effort.

We again restate that Douglas Perlitz is an accused pedophile and is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

However, the accusers, these minors - a total of nine children as indicated in the Federal Indictment, also have the right not to be intimidated, harmed further, maligned, blightly called "liars" or worse all over the internet in comments by supporters of Perlitz and/or vilified elsewhere with total impunity by Mr. Douglas' lawyers and supporters.

These defenseless Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene and answered Ezili HLLN and the other calls (Paul Kendrick, SNAP, Voice of the Faithful ) to ask the judge not to release Douglas Perlitz on bond because, given the gravity of the charges, there's no guarantee that if released on bond - no matter how high the bond paid - that Pertlitz won't flee the country, continue the alleged two-year campaign to block this case by sending more money to Haiti to buy off the poorest of the poor or by further intimidating or putting in danger the children victims and the witnesses, destroy evidence and/or molest others while free on bond. Thank you for standing up for these small victims and showing that, they too, like Mr. Perlitz have supporters who want the truth to be duly litigated. Men anpil chay pa lou - many hands make light a heavy load.

Here are more articles on foreigners molesting and abusing Haiti's children and info on Ezili Dantò/HLLN's work on the matter:

Letter to the UN asking for investigative reports on UN rape, Nov. 9, 2009

 

RBM Video Reel


Red, Black & Moonlight: Between Falling and Hitting the Ground
When are you going back to Connecticut...

The noise it makes calls to me: Nou la!

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I am the History of Rape

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- No More Secrecy: HLLN on Douglaz Perlitz's new motions asking for secrecy by Ezili Dantò/HLLN, Haitian Perspectives, Oct. 28, 2009


- Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O’Brien Cases by Tom Cleary, Fairfield Mirror, Oct. 15, 2009

 

- Jesuits, diocese asked to help sex abuse victims
Group protests handling of sex abuse allegations

by Genevieve Reilly, Connecticut Post, Oct. 15, 2009

 

- Letter-writing campaign aims to keep Perlitz jailed
By Michael P. Mayko, Connecticut Post, Oct. 14, 2009

 

Text - Breaking Sea Chains
Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues
and The Haiti Forum


Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya

 

Ezili Dantò/HLLN
Oct. 16, 2009

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Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation by Ezili Dantò

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Help Haiti's children - Demand that accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz, not be set free on bond

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The 'Father Teresa' of Haiti – Armand Huard - faces sex abuse charges

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The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose
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Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya


Video - Paradise for Pedophiles - Senegal


Video - Peacekeepers 'abusing children' in Haiti - 27 Sep 08


Video - 108 sri lankan troops accused of sexual abuse in haiti UN

 

Other Recommended HLLN Links:
Avatar Haiti: Ezili Dantò interview on current situation- Nov. 18, 2010
http://bit.ly/93IbGd

Disaster Capitalism in Haiti, New Orleans, Congo & Pakistan
http://bit.ly/d4m7eB

Major Aid Organizations "Duped Donors" and "Failed Haiti" Group Charges http://huff.to/cA1G3f

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Ezili:I did as you asked and sent a fax but I think justice would be better served by publishing Mr Perlitz’s address along with his daily itinerary with frequent updates.