Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not get directly involved in the case of the 10 Americans detained in Haiti on child abduction charges, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.
"It would be highly unusual for the secretary of state to intervene in a case involving the judicial process of another country," spokesman P.J. Crowley said in an off-camera question-and-answer session.
Reginald Brown - the Washington lawyer who represents one of the detained Americans - sent a letter to Clinton on Tuesday asking her to personally intervene with Haitian authorities.
"This is all the result of a colossal misunderstanding and we are hoping it will resolve itself," Brown said about the arrest and detention of his client, Jim Allen, and the other nine Americans. "We would appreciate it if you could continue to devote significant personal attention to this matter, as we are confident that with your assistance this misunderstanding could be quickly resolved."
He asked Clinton to make "a personal request" to Haitian authorities to allow Allen to speak to his wife and her lawyers and to have fresh supplies.
"As far as I can tell, the one thing our detained American citizens have been able to do is communicate with just about anybody who wants to talk with them," Crowley said at the State Department. "If family members wish to talk to them, I think that is something that can be easily facilitated through our embassy in Port au Prince or through the Haitian government."
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton returned to Haiti Friday to meet with Haitian leaders, visit a clinic and deliver supplies, his foundation said.
Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, went to the headquarters of the judicial police where the government has set up temporary offices following last month's devastating earthquake. There, he is meeting with government and U.N. officials.
New York (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton plans to return to Haiti Friday to meet with Haitian leaders, visit a clinic and deliver supplies, his foundation said Thursday.
Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, got the added responsibility Wednesday of overseeing aid efforts and reconstruction in that country, following a magnitude-7.0 earthquake January 12 that devastated the capital and surrounding areas.
More than 200,000 people were killed, the Haitian government has said.
"More than three weeks after the earthquake, the relief efforts in Haiti have been increasing to meet staggering needs, but the long road to recovery has just begun," Clinton said in a statement.
United Nations (CNN) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon handed former U.S. President Bill Clinton additional responsibility Wednesday for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, charging him with overseeing aid efforts as well as later reconstruction there.
"You have demonstrated extremely important leadership," Ban told Clinton, who is already the United Nations' special envoy to Haiti.
Ban asked Clinton "to assume a leadership role in coordinating international aid efforts, from emergency response to new construction of Haiti."
Clinton will work with the Haitian government and the people of Haiti in recovery and reconstruction efforts, according to a statement released by Clinton's U.N. office. He will help coordinate the work of U.N. agencies and other international partners in Haiti, including government donors, private investors, and non-governmental organizations, the statement said.
A woman searches the remains of an apartment building Wednesday where dozens of bodies are reportedly still buried. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) - The Clinton School of Public Service is calling on Americans to wear the colors of the Haitian flag – red and blue – next Friday to show support for the country devastated by the recent earthquake.
The school, named after former President Bill Clinton and located at the University of Arkansas, is marking the one month anniversary of when the earthquake hit the island. Clinton is the United Nation's special envoy for Haiti.
"If there was ever a call to public service, it is now," Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford said in a statement. "The people of Haiti will need assistance for the long term, and we are proud of everyone affiliated with the Clinton School who has come to the aid of Haiti."
Clinton School student, Ivanley Noisette, is from Haiti and some members of his family are still missing in the devastated nation.
"Haitians are still suffering and working to rebuild their country and put their lives back together," Noisette said. "We ask everyone to remember their suffering and honor the people of Haiti by wearing red and blue on February 12."
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Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday expanding federal assistance to American survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti, according to a White House statement.
The measure allows the Department of Health and Human Services to spend up to $25 million this year helping repatriated U.S. citizens previously residing in the stricken Caribbean nation.
The department had previously been allowed to spend no more than $1 million.
Washington (CNN) - The State Department said Tuesday afternoon it had been critical of some news organizations, including al Jazeera and CNN, for their coverage of the U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.
Earlier in the day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she deeply resented some of the news reports on U.S. assistance to Haiti.
"I have absolutely no argument with anyone lodging a legitimate criticism against our country. I think we can learn from that. And we are foolish if we keep our head in the sand and pretend that we can't," Clinton told a town-hall meeting at the State Department, marking her one-year anniversary on the job.
"On the other hand, I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people, and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake. So what we're asking for is that people view us fairly," Clinton said.