Children's household work in Haiti

This project explores the extent of children's domestic work and child labour in domestic work in Haiti, the living conditions of child domestic workers and social processes pertaining to children's work and mobility.


During the past two decades, stories of child domestic workers in Haiti have reached international media. The Creole term 'restavek', which formerly was used to refer to children who 'live with' their employers or non-parental caretakers, is increasingly perceived as stigmatising in Haiti.

Following the 2010 earthquake, reports of increasing recruitment of children into domestic service abound. Through an extensive, countrywide, household survey, qualitative and ethnographic field research methods and analysis of existing material, this study seeks to re-assess the extent of, and processes pertaining to, child domestic labour in Haiti.


Project period

  • Start:
    January 2014
  • End:
    December 2015

Commissioned by

  • UNICEF and partner organisations