Damian Merlo
Damian Merlo

Haiti has hired the Latin America Advisory Group to provide PR, Congressional outreach and international media relations services.

The Miami-based shop will prepare talking points for Haitian officials and identify “champions” in Congress to promote various humanitarian/economic assistance programs.

The one-year contract calls for LAAG to develop a messaging strategy, provide background and sometimes “off the record” information to journalists and draft/place OpEd pieces in “reputable” news outlets.

The firm also will create a “revolving” door of events and meetings with think tanks to influence opinion makers.

LAAG partner Damian Merlo, who was special assistant to Haiti’s former president Michel Martelly and prime minister Laurent Lamothe, oversees the $96K account.

He reports to Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond.