American arrested in Haiti worked alongside Sean Penn – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI – An American arrested in connection with the assassination of the Haitian President worked with Sean Penn to rebuild the country after a devastating earthquake in 2010, according to three people familiar with the Hollywood actor’s decade-old relief effort are.

The two said James Solages worked as a driver and in a security role for the J / P Haitian Relief Organization, founded by Penn after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 that impoverished more than 300,000 people Caribbean country were killed.

One of the people said Solages left the organization now known as CORE sometime in 2011. All three people requested anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Penn lived in Haiti after the earthquake, which he believes are lifelong roots. Once he even lived in a tent city among around 40,000 Haitians who were made homeless by the natural disaster.

For his many years of service to the Haitian people, former President Michel Martelly – the mentor of the murdered President Jovenel Moise – was the first non-Haitian to make this appointment as Penn’s ambassador.

Solages is one of two Haitian Americans arrested as part of the investigation into Moise’s murder. The 35-year-old studied in South Florida and founded a charity in 2019 to help residents of his hometown Jacmel on the south coast of Haiti. He worked as a bodyguard for the Canadian embassy in Haiti, but a relative says he had no military training.

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