One of Oxfam’s celebrity ambassadors has stepped down from her post in light of the Haiti sex abuse scandal that has rocked the charity.
The charity’s staff have been accused of paying for sex from vulnerable people in third world countries.
The British charity is said to have concealed the findings of an inquiry into claims that staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.
Good Will Hunting actor Driver, 48, said she was ‘nothing short of horrified by the allegations’ but has vowed to continue to work with vulnerable people and work against ‘social and economic injustice’.
The actor is the first of a group of celebrities working for the charity to distance herself from the scandal, while deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence, has resigned over the way the charity handled complaints.
Speaking in a statement, Driver said: ‘In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organisation 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.
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‘I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organisation 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.’
A spokesperson for Oxfam said of Driver’s decision: ‘Her decision to step down as an Oxfam Ambassador saddens us deeply, but we also understand and respect her choice.’
According to The Telegraph, more than 1,270 people withdrew their regular donations in just three days, representing an estimated loss of £144,468 a year based on the monthly donation of £9.48.
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