Natural Disasters

Lawyers Among Those Missing and Feared Dead in Haiti


Marie Aline Sillice had just spoken with her father a few hours earlier.

But now she can’t reach him in Haiti, after the nation’s disastrous earthquake, and worries that 57-year-old Frangel Victor Sillice, a lawyer in the Port-au-Prince epicenter, may not have the diabetes medication he needs if he survived, reports CNN.

Like many others seeking family members and friends, she is looking to the Internet in hopes of finding information about him there, the news network says.

Also missing and feared dead is Chilean attorney Andrea Loi, who was working with the United Nations human rights unit in Haiti, reports the Santiago Times.

Meanwhile, friends and family of others have been relieved to hear positive news.

Following word from a San Francisco Chronicle blog that two Bay Area attorney-activists were missing in the quake, an Oakland, Calif., hip-hop emcee announced good news on Twitter.

He tweeted late yesterday that his father, Walter Riley, and stepmother, Barbara Rhine, are safe, apparently in or around Port-au-Prince, reports the East Bay Express in a blog post.

Riley represents the Oakland Post newspaper and Rhine teaches law classes at Golden Gate University and has done legal work for the United Farmworkers’ Union.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “ABA Prez Calls for Haiti Donations After ‘Heartbreaking’ Quake; BigLaw Gives Big Money”

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