Two and a half years after the earthquake on January 12, 2010, Haiti remains mired in a humanitarian crisis, with 390,000 people languishing in tents. Despite this, the showcase project of the reconstruction effort, led by USAID, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Clinton Foundation and others is an industrial park that will create jobs and housing in an area undamaged by the earthquake, a venture that seems to benefit foreign companies more than Haiti itself.
The labor and environmental impact of the Caracol Industrial Park could be devastating. Equally as poorly planned is the choice of the developers to choose the Korean company Sae-A to open the first factories there.
The AFL-CIO urged American and international officials to reconsider the Caracol deal but the project moved forward without consideration for the concerns that were raised.
To learn more about the Caracol Industrial Park, and the effect it will have on working people in Haiti, read The New York Times article here.