On November 13th, 2016, Monica Petersen, a young woman committed to exposing and combating human trafficking, mysteriously died in Haiti. She was previously a research intern at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT) as well as a Research Fellow and Assistant Director at the Human Trafficking Center (HTC). She also served on the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s Data & Research Task Force.
On August 15th, 2015, Monica Petersen announced that she would be going to Haiti to research human trafficking, and continued living there until her death.
Several weeks after her arrival in Haiti, Monica appeared to discover corruption involving the Clinton family and associates. On January 3rd, 2016, she shared some of her findings in a Facebook post and declared that her master’s thesis would be based upon them. The Facebook post was shared by one of Monica’s friends, Bella.
The link in the post comes from this blog.
The following day, Monica shared with Bella more findings about the Clintons’ involvement in Haiti.
Her family held a memorial service on Nov. 18th, 2016, and by the 22nd still had not received her body from Haiti. The memorial service was streamed live on the Human Trafficking Center’s Facebook page, but has since been deleted. However, her professor and boss, Claude d’Estree, made the following remarks at the service:
- “(She) decided to take on one of the demagogues in the field of human trafficking.”
- “Produced a 110-page analysis of human trafficking in Haiti – 2 years of research.”
- “We were looking for someone who was smart enough and maybe brave enough to publish her work”
- “I will continue to seek out and publish it for her”
- “We are in a state of shock. We may never know what exactly happened to her”
In early December 2016, Monica’s family was finally able to hold a proper funeral for her. The ‘official story’ is that she committed suicide by hanging, but her mother as well as others who knew her well are doubtful of this conclusion, as heard in this video clip featuring Monica’s mother speaking at the funeral:
- “She seemingly took her own life by hanging.”
- “But since that time things that have come to light that just don’t fit with Monica’s life and her personality. When she went there 10 weeks ago, she was happy, she was up, she was motivated … and so we don’t know. What happened? What changed, so much?”
- “Her family, her friends, her colleagues, just don’t see this as being her. And yes, she was upset by some of her personal living conditions in Haiti, but she dealt with similar conditions in other countries. She knew she could leave and no one would place blame on her.”
- “So, we don’t want to deny or blame as a family, but none of this seems to fit her. And maybe that’s just the way it’s always going to be.”
- “We will likely always have more questions than answers, about, about what transpired in that time.”
Although Monica was a US citizen who died under suspicious circumstances while abroad, the State Department has not investigated the matter.