In response to serious allegations that a former CAM staff member sexually abused minors while serving in Haiti, CAM has initiated an investigation into this conduct. We recognize that any form of abuse of a child is both a horrific sin and a serious crime. We are actively working to investigate and address this situation and to care for those who have been harmed. At CAM, leadership and staff join the larger community in Haiti in their sorrow and concern about what has happened and the human lives impacted.
CAM has and is gathering information about these allegations. CAM can report the following:
- Without CAM’s authorization or prior knowledge, the individual left Haiti and returned to the United States.
- The individual was promptly discharged from CAM.
- We understand that the individual made a confession to leaders in his local church in the U.S. and has reported himself to Ohio state legal authorities.
- CAM’s representatives are still investigating what took place and who was affected.
- CAM’s representatives have already communicated to one U.S. federal government agency about the situation and have been in communication with another federal agency with greater authority to investigate the situation. (Because the individual’s conduct took place in another country, state governmental authorities have limited ability to investigate and respond.)
- CAM has been working inside Haiti to make contact with those who have been affected by the individual’s actions and actively pursuing ways to help them.
As you consider this situation, first, please pray fervently for all those who may have been harmed or otherwise affected by this conduct. Please also pray for CAM and our Haiti staff to walk through this very difficult situation with godly humility and integrity. The exploitation of anyone, especially children, is devastating to the trust in and impact of any ministry or NGO. Moreover, such abuse by one individual damages the reputation and ministry impact of all those who have worked selflessly over many years to help care for the Haitian people and who have not been part of any harmful conduct.
Going forward, CAM will work to keep our community appropriately informed about progress in this case. Because the situation involves ongoing responses by the U.S. federal, state, and Haitian courts and government agencies, CAM is limited in what it can say and do. However, since being made aware of these allegations several weeks ago, CAM has fully cooperated with governmental authorities and has taken appropriate steps to report the matter to federal government agencies, to cooperate with the legal process, and to pursue care for those affected by the individual’s wrongful conduct.
Christian Aid Ministries (CAM)
ISSUED: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm