UNANY Media 2012

Where Did the Money Go?

A Special UNA-NY Media Panel
including a screening of the film by Michele Mitchell



Editor, Boston Haitian Reporter
and co-founder of the HAITI 2015 campaign

Award-winning journalist and
former AP chief correspondent in Haiti

Founder and Executive Director, Let Haiti Live

CEO and Executive Editor, Film@11



Monday, March 12, 2012
6:00-6:30 p.m. — Light Refreshments
6:30 p.m. — Screening and Panel followed by Q/A

Steelcase, Inc.
4 Columbus Circle (58th Street & Eighth Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

UNA Members: FREE
UNA Student Members: FREE
Guests and Non-Members: $15



It has been two years since the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.
Maybe you gave money.
Maybe you volunteered time.
Maybe you expected more than this…

In January 2010, when an 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, people across the world gave more generously than to any disaster in history. In the United States alone, half of all households gave a total of $1.4 billion to charities. Yet almost two years later more than half a million people still live in squalid camps. Only a few have access to drinking water. Sanitation is woefully inadequate. Malnutrition and cholera are on the rise. What happened?

The award-winning journalist and author, Michelle Mitchell of Film at Eleven, takes her cameras to the camps and asks: why did so much money buy so little relief?

Watch a preview of the documentary below:



Manolia Charlotin is the editor and business manager of the Boston Haitian Reporter, which for the past eleven years, has been the leading source of news and commentary for the Haitian community throughout New England.

Manolia is also the co-founder of Haiti 2015, a grassroots campaign to advance access to opportunities in Haiti, whose launch in January 2010 connected community-based organizations all across the country. Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti, this connected platform enabled several thousand survivors to receive humanitarian aid.

She is also a featured news commentator on local and national media programs, providing analysis on Haiti, immigrant issues and politics.

Manolia is a multilingual who speaks English, Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The Boston Haitian Reporter

Jonathan M. Katz was the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti from 2007 to 2011 — the only full-time U.S. correspondent stationed in the country when the powerful January 12, 2010, earthquake struck. He helped lead coverage of the disaster in the weeks that followed, then remained for a year to continue reporting on the stalled recovery process. His revelations linking a massive cholera outbreak to a U.N. military base helped force the United Nations to launch a formal investigation. Katz is currently writing a book about the earthquake and responses to it, titled The Big Truck That Went By, due next year from Palgrave Macmillan.

Katz first reported for AP from Jerusalem as an intern during the Second Intifada, and has reported from about a dozen countries and territories while being stationed in Mexico City, Santo Domingo, Washington and New York.

Last year's recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and a finalist for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award, his work has garnered National Headliners, SPJ Deadline Club of New York, Associated Press Media Editors and other awards.

Katz is an alumnus of Northwestern University's College of Arts and Sciences and Medill School of Journalism.

The Big Truck

Melinda Miles is a long-time activist for Haiti who has worked for nearly fifteen years with Haiti's popular movement and community leaders on issues ranging from democratic participation to increasing national production while protecting the environment. She leads delegations to Haiti for policy makers, Congressional staffers, activists and leaders in the NGO community including teams focused on human rights, humanitarian aid and reconstruction, women's issues, independent election observation, and environmental law and biodiversity conservation.

Miles is the founder and director of Let Haiti Live, a comprehensive program of solidarity and advocacy that seeks to strengthen the independence and self-determination of the Haitian people in all areas of life.

After the earthquake in 2010, Miles co-founded the Haiti Response Coalition, a unique collaboration of international and Haitian non-governmental organizations she continues to coordinate today.

She lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Washington, DC.

Let Haiti Live

Michele Mitchell is an award-winning broadcast journalist known for her political investigative work which has taken her to some of the dicier parts of the world. She began her career on television with CNN Headline News, where she was the political anchor from 2000-2003, covering elections, the war on terror and legislation. She particularly emphasized the Patriot Act, which earned her the verbal disdain of Attorney General John Ashcroft's staff and frequent appearances on "Politically Incorrect."

After her stint at HLN, Michele moved on to work with Bill Moyers on his PBS program "NOW." There, she reported on the Abramoff scandal, female voters (which brought her a Gracie award), voter fraud, and the war on terror. Her story about slavery in Nepal was an honorary citation at the Overseas Press Awards in 2009.

Michele currently is Executive Editor and CEO of Film@11, an independent media company, distributing news programming on the Internet and mobile. Film@11 has a worldwide reach of 1.8 billion. She produced the short documentary "Reporting for Duty," about Israeli reservists in the Second Lebanon War, which aired on PBS and on the Internet to a total audience of 10 million.

A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Michele started her career on Capitol Hill, where she was the youngest congressional communications director, for Rep. Pete Geren (D-TX), who went on to become the Secretary of the Army for both President Bush and President Obama. Michele left Capitol Hill to finish her first book, A New Kind of Party-Animal: How the Young are Changing Politics As Usual, and for a brief stint on the New York Times editorial board.

Michele also has reported extensively from Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Jordan, West Bank, Israel, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco and most of the 50 states.


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