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Published on Feb 7, 2010
This multimedia essay was produced as part of a special investigative report by the Connecticut Post entitled: Betrayal of Hope by reporter Michael P. Mayko and photographer Christian Abraham. It focuses on Project Pierre Toussaint, an outreach program for Haiti's street children based in the Haiti's second largest city of Cap-Haitien. The report also takes a look at Haiti, its poverty, and the issue of child exploitation. Betrayal of Hope details the start of the life of Douglas Perlitz, the start of his career as an aid worker, and ultimately becoming the founder and Executive Director of the residential school, which received positive international attention during the years it was in operation. According to an official Haitian police and UN investigation, Perlitz is alleged to have sexually molested as many as 29 children under his care. He is currently in a federal detention facility in Rhode Island awaiting trial, which is slated for June in New Haven, Conn. Online story, more photos, and other documents after Feb. 10th at: http://www.ctpost.com/betrayal Copyright 2010 - Connecticut Post (Hearst Connecticut Newspapers)