Menendez Works With NJ Church Group, State Dept. To Locate Members On Humanitarian Mission In Haiti

Menendez Works With NJ Church Group, State Dept. To Locate Members On Humanitarian Mission In Haiti

Senator Menendez contacted State Department to help in process of finding Hackettstown group

Washington - In the wake of a devastating earthquake that has leveled many populated parts of Haiti, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on foreign assistance, has been working with a New Jersey church group and the U.S. State Department to locate members of the group currently in Haiti. 15 members of the the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown arrived in Haiti on January 9 on a humanitarian mission to deliver supplies to Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Menendez's office has been in frequent contact with representatives of the group in New Jersey and is serving as a liaison between them and the State Department.

Menendez sent the following letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the group earlier today:

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January 13, 2010

The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

I am writing to you regarding a group of fifteen men and women volunteers from Hackettstown, New Jersey, who are currently in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The volunteers range in age from teenagers to adults who arrived in Haiti on Saturday, January 9, 2010, to deliver humanitarian supplies to Grace's Children Hospital in Port-au-Prince.

As of right now, there has been no communication with the group since their arrival on January 9, 2010. While one of the volunteers does own an international cell phone, family or church officials have been unsuccessful in making contact with the group. I am requesting immediate assistance in locating the following individuals:


Please contact Deb Curto ( from my staff with any developments in finding the missing volunteers. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Robert Menendez
United States Senator