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Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a Top 10 CNN Hero!

Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Our Haitian partner, Malya Villard-Appolon, has been named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012! Go here to read her and KOFAVIV's message of support to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

For years, Malya has helped survivors of sexual violence in Haiti to access medical care, shelter, legal counsel and psychological support. In 2010, her work became even more vital when the devastating earthquake triggered a surge in this violence. Your support of KOFAVIV, the organization she founded and a MADRE partner, has helped give her the resources to protect and empower thousands of rape survivors.

Being chosen as a CNN Hero is a huge honor—and a testament to Malya’s courageous and ground-breaking work. She spoke to CNN about her journey from surviving sexual violence to helping others fight for justice.

You can vote for Malya at CNN Heroes 10 times per day, from each of your email addresses! Share with your friends and family and help Malya and KOFAVIV win $250,000 for their vital, life-saving work. You can provide direct aid and comfort to thousands of survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. Vote Now!

Click here to become a Friend of Malya and receive weekly updates, including messages from Malya and KOFAVIV about their work in Haiti!

Watch Malya’s segment on CNN Heroes below.  

For More Information:

  • Visit the CNN Heroes website.
  • To learn more about Malya and KOFAVIV’s life-saving work with survivors of rape and sexual violence in Haiti, see our project page here.
  • See our press release here.


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