Minnie Driver Steps Down As An Oxfam Ambassador After Prostitution Scandal
Minnie Driver has stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam after a prostitution scandal came to light involving its workers.
After growing allegations that Oxfam staff used sex workers while in Haiti in 2011 and in Chad, Driver stepped down as an ambassador for the British charity. In a statement to CNN, Driver said, “I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International. In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of the organization or its leaders.”
In a tweet, Driver said how these allegations have “devastated” her.
All I can tell you about this awful revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated.Devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response of an organization that I have been raising awareness for since I was 9 years old #oxfamscandal
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) February 13, 2018
Oxfam leaders have been accused of attempting to cover up the inappropriate behavior of its leaders. The charity claims there was no attempt at a cover up, but that it is in the midst of investigating these allegations after its deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned.
The British actress worked with Oxfam for 20 years and said it was “unfortunate” she can no longer “advocate and defend through this specific framework.” Driver said, “I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or anyone else from working with good people in the space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help.”