No Child a Slave: The Tour
Meet the people leading the fight to end child slavery in Haiti.
This May you can meet the people leading the fight to end child slavery in Haiti – right here in the U.S. Alina ‘Tibebe’ Cajuste grew up as a child slave and is now a leader organizing her fellow adult survivors to end child slavery. Guyto Derosiers leads a team of trainers working to expand the network of Child Protection Brigades in Port-au-Prince. Tibebe and Guyto will be touring cities on the East Coast (see below) to talk about their work and how you can help end child slavery in Haiti.
Tour Dates & Locations
- Friday, May 9 – 6:00 pm – DC Stop Modern Slavery – Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW. RSVP here.
- Saturday, May 10 – 5:00 pm – Donor Home Reception, Georgetown, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
- Sunday, May 11 – 5:00 pm – Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 3211 Sacred Heart Way. RSVP here.
- Monday, May 12 – 12:00 pm – Church World Service Lunch, Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE. RSVP here.
- Monday, May 12 – 7:00 pm – Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW. RSVP here.
- Tuesday, May 13 – 6:45 pm – School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 North Charles St., Baltimore MD 21212. (Entrance to the parking lot is from Bellona Ave.) No RSVP necessary.
- Wednesday, May 14 – 7:00 pm – Church of St. Martin in the Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane. RSVP here.
- Thursday, May 15 – 5:00 pm – Chestnut Hill College, St. Joseph’s Hall, East Parlor, 9601 Germantown Ave. RSVP here.
- Thursday, May 15 – 7:30 pm – St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 217 Berkeley Rd., Devon, PA. RSVP here.
- Friday, May 16 – 7:00 pm – Donor Home Dinner Party, Glenmoore, PA 19343. RSVP here.
- Saturday, May 17 – 1:00 pm – Benefit Lunch at LaRose Jazz Club, 5531 Germantown Ave. $16 admission includes buffet lunch and live jazz. RSVP here.
- Sunday, May 18 – 11:00 am – Church of Saint Paul & Saint Andrew, 263 W 86th St., New York, NY 10024. RSVP here.
- Sunday, May 18 – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Selebrasyon festival with Haiti Cultural Exchange, Parkside Plaza, Ocean Ave. & Parkside Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226. RSVP here.
- Tuesday, May 20 – 6:00 pm – Donor Home Reception, New York, NY. RSVP here.
- Thursday, May 22 – 6:00 pm – Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd, Jamestown, RI 02835. RSVP here.
- Friday, May 23 – 11:30 am – Berkshire Partners, 200 Clarendon Street, 35th Floor Boston, MA 02116. By invitation only. RSVP here.
- Sunday, May 25 – 11:15 am – Saint Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St., Boston, MA 02115. RSVP here.
- Sunday, June 1 – 9:00 am – Crossings: A Faith Community, (Downtown, Square Room) 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902.
- Sunday, June 1 – 10:30 am – Crossings: A Faith Community, (Downtown, Square Room) 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902.
- Sunday, June 1 – 5:30 pm – Crossings: A Faith Community, (North) Christenberry Elementary School, 927 Oglewood Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.
- Tuesday, June 3 – 12:00 pm – Rescuing Charity, Cokesbury United Methodist Church (North Campus) 9915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922.
We believe that all children should have the chance to become whoever they want, without an adult to mistreat them simply because their mother or father has died, or because their parents lack the means to take care of the child, forcing them to live with someone else. This is what we believe, and this is why we do this work.Guyto Derosiers, Coordinator, Beyond Borders Child Protection Team
The violation of her basic rights started at the very beginning of her life.
Alina ‘Tibebe’ Cajuste was conceived when her adolescent mother was raped by the son of the family she worked for. Her mother was living apart from her own family in a form of unpaid domestic servitude called restavèk.
When her pregnancy became evident, the “family” turned her out into the street, saying that she had brought shame on them.
Alina was literally born on the street with a passerby serving as midwife. This nameless baby girl was then given to a woman her homeless mother didn’t even know.
According to Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has a right to a name and a birth certificate. But this woman gave Alina neither, simply calling her “ti bebe” or “little baby,” which was the closest thing Alina had for a name growing up. Not only was Alina denied the dignity of a name, she was denied just about everything else children should be able to count on—love and affection, school, a chance to play and form friendships. “I was a slave,” she explains, working every waking hour.
With the help of some market women who sympathized with her, Alina was eventually able to escape and find her mother. The birth certificate of a deceased half-sister was offered to Alina, giving her for the first time a legal identity and name. Still, simply surviving was a feat of great strength for many years.
Today Alina is more than a survivor. She has become a leader in the movement to end the restavèk practice. She works with Beyond Borders, nurturing a growing network of other adult survivors of restavèk. By sharing her own story, she helps them overcome their own shame and begin, often for the first time, to tell their own painful stories. Together they find healing, joy, and strength for this struggle.
Survivors are especially adept at identifying children in restavèk in their own neighborhoods and taking a stand to defend them. They can also speak with great moral authority against this practice that enslaves a quarter million Haitian children today.