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After the January 2010 earthquake, CSO (then S/CRS) and members of the Civilian Response Corps helped mobilize a U.S. government-wide effort to develop a strategy to bring together people and funding to respond to the crisis. The U.S. task force included 45 offices and agencies working on issues including economic security, provision of essential services, rule of law, and response to vulnerable children. The resulting plan, which USAID used to guide long-term post-emergency relief efforts, laid out the work necessary to ensure that a fragile state did not fall into chaos once immediate humanitarian efforts subsided. S/CRS also provided support for longer-term U.S. planning for Haiti.

CSO (then S/CRS) oversaw a stabilization project in Cité Soleil, one particularly volatile neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. In 2007, U.S. civilian organizations, including USAID and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, began working together in Cité Soleil to implement a whole-of-government plan that S/CRS designed, focused on job creation in infrastructure, the judicial system, and community policing. Even after the devastating January 2010 earthquake, Cité Soleil remained relatively stable. U.S.-supported police stations remained standing, and residents rejected a return of gang activity. The success of the plan led the State Department to replicate the program in another hot-spot neighborhood, Martissant, where residents are clearing the way for a new road and construction has begun on new police substations.


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