The Periclean Scholars Class of 2015 is hosting Christine Buchholz from the Restavek Freedom Foundation on Tuesday, April 22 in Moseley 215 at 7 p.m. for a talk on the sociocultural, historical-political, and legal aspects of the restavek system. She will also be at College Coffee in the morning.
The focus of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2015 is on human trafficking, specifically a form of modern slavery in Haiti known as “restavek.” Under the restavek system, children from poor, often rural families are sent to live with urban families with the promise of shelter and education. However, what usually happens is that the child is treated as a domestic servant, and is often physically, verbally, and sexually abused. Restavek is technically illegal in Haiti, but it is still culturally acceptable.