Oxfam Charity’s brand ambassador Minnie Driver has stepped down from her role in charity as accusations of sexual abuse are laid down on the organization. Former Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence also resigned on Monday as the scandal continued to grow
Amid sexual abuse allegation in Haiti , Oxfam’s chairman Juan Alberto Fuentes. He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal. There have been accusations against Oxfam’s leaders for trying to cover up the behavior of some of its senior staff members deployed to Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Aid workers, including the Oxfam country director at the time, Roland van Hauwermeiren, allegedly turned a villa rented by the organization into a makeshift brothel, with prostitutes wearing only Oxfam T-shirts. Oxfam did apologize for the behavior of aid workers,. However the charity organization denies any attempts of trying to cover up the situation.
Actress Minnie Driver expressed her horror at finding out the allegations against the charity she promotes: “I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International. In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organization or its leaders. And though it is unfortunate that after 20 years I am no longer able to advocate and defend through this specific framework, social and economic injustice is more globally prevalent than ever. I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or anyone else from working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help.”
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