An American woman, Alix Dorsainvil, along with her young child, has been successfully released and is out of harm’s way after an abduction incident that occurred in Haiti around two weeks ago. The announcement of their safe release was made by El Roi Haiti, the nonprofit organization where Alix Dorsainvil was employed.

Alix Dorsainvi

El Roi Haiti expressed their immense joy and gratitude in confirming the positive outcome, stating, “With heartfelt gratitude, we confirm the secure release of our valued team member and friend, Alix Dorsainvil, and her child, who were held captive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.” The statement was issued on Wednesday.

Alix Dorsainvil and her young daughter were abducted from the El Roi compound located outside of Port-au-Prince on July 27. Following her abduction, negotiations for her release commenced, as informed by a source in Haitian law enforcement.
Originally hailing from New Hampshire, Alix Dorsainvil had been residing and serving in Haiti for a considerable period, as verified by El Roi Haiti in communication with ABC News. Her role involved functioning as a school and community nurse for the religious organization. She is also married to the director of the organization, with whom she shares her child.
This incident unfolded in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s directive to evacuate the family members of U.S. government personnel and non-essential U.S. government employees in Haiti on July 27. The State Department’s advisory for traveling to Haiti explicitly cautions against doing so due to the prevalent risks associated with kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and inadequate healthcare infrastructure.
The advisory underscores the widespread occurrence of kidnappings, with U.S. citizens frequently becoming victims. Perpetrators often employ well-planned strategies or seize unplanned opportunities. Notably, even convoys have come under attack. Ransom negotiations are commonly part of these abduction cases, often resulting in physical harm to U.S. citizens. The families of victims have had to pay substantial sums to secure their loved ones’ release.
In addition to kidnappings, the Department of State’s advisory highlights the regularity of violent crimes, including those involving ransom with U.S. citizens as targets. Travelers departing from Port-au-Prince International Airport are at risk of being followed and subjected to violent attacks and robberies. Private vehicles caught in traffic congestion are vulnerable to attacks by robbers and carjackers, particularly women driving alone.

The advisory concludes by advising U.S. citizens wishing to leave Port-au-Prince to stay updated with local news and exercise caution, only departing when deemed safe. The incident involving Alix Dorsainvil and her child serves as a reminder of the ongoing security challenges in the region and the need for vigilance while navigating such circumstances.

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