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Danielle Romer of Miami, Florida has administered social services through the Miami-Dade Department of Human Services since 1997. Her work there has been in community outreach, running a Haitian neighborhood center, and caring for victims of domestic violence. Spanning four missions for FAVACA since 1999, she has trained a large constituency of Caribbean partners on domestic violence and counseling. In March 2010 Romer travelled to Haiti to work with youths experiencing post-traumatic stress from the earthquake. She provided counseling on preliminary coping skills and made capacity building recommendations to Hosean International Ministries.
SIX PROVIDE TRAUMA CARE IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAU
Following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, Hosean International Ministries (HIM) opened their complex in Pignon to house, feed, and educate over 350 people seeking refuge from the disaster. While many of the initial needs of the people were being met, founder of HIM Caleb Lucien noticed that many of the refugees especially the youth were potentially suffering from post traumatic stress. In 2008 after four hurricanes devastated the town of Gonaives, Lucien requested FAVACA's assistance in providing trauma counselors to work with Haitians who had lost their homes, friends and families. Seeing similar reactions in and around the camp, Lucien contacted FAVACA to request counselors to work with the refugees now living in the camp. Two recovery teams of three Haitian-American trauma counselors agreed to volunteer their expertise and work with many of the youth living in the HIM compound. FAVACA volunteers Lory Servil, Deerfield Beach, Natacha Jean-Francois, Miami, and Hardy Nicoleau, Loxahatchee, traveled to Haiti February 21- March 1. The group provided group therapy and some individual counseling primarily to youth in the camp.
Following up on the work of the first team of counselors, Nikcy Clervil of Jacksonville, Florida, Tania Delinois, Ft. Lauderdale, and Danielle Romer, Miami, traveled March 1- March 8 to work with youth that were not able to be seen by the first group of counselors and to work with a few kids designed by the first group to need additional counseling. The teams of counselors were able to provide coping mechanisms for the trauma experienced during the earthquake and to help children deal with the loss of family and friends. The teams recommended a full time counselor to be assigned to the camp because additional sessions will be needed by the youth to increase their coping skills. Additionally, the teams recommended HIM to implement more activities such as sports, movies and crafts to occupy the children and not allow them as much time to focus on the negative experiences they have witnessed.
ANTIGUAN PROFESSIONALS COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
In an effort to ensure the highest level of service and benefits to victims of domestic violence Sheila Roseau, Directorate of Women's Affairs, brought together lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers and clergy. A day-long workshop with over 75 participants was conducted on March 19, 1999 to promote awareness of the issue and its management in Antigua & Barbuda. Tampa Police Sargeant William Rousseau, along with advocates Danielle Romer, Miami, Deborah Kleinman Robinson, Tallahassee and Robin Hassler Thompson, Tallahassee conducted the training. This training was a continuation of the work that started the first domestic violence hot line in 1997 and led to passage of Antigua's first domestic violence statute.
ST. KITTS DIRECTORATE OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS ADDRESSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Rosalyn Hazelle, director of Women's Affairs in St. Kitts, coordinated follow-up training in domestic violence prevention for an interdisciplinary workshop. Hazelle brought together a wide variety of community members to discuss tackling the issue. Debbie Kleinman Robinson of the Florida Task Force on Domestic Violence Fatality Prevention, Tallahassee, was the team leader. Also participating were victim advocates Robin Hassler Thompson, Tallahassee, and Danielle Romer, Miami; Tampa Police Department Sergeant Bill Rousseau, and Officer Louis Reed, of the Miami Beach Police Department. The training took place March 15-18, 1999.