South Florida lawyers are raising donations for victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti’s southern peninsula on August 14, claiming some 1,300 lives.

“We’re trying to use local groups and we’re trying to send it directly to the people of Haiti,” said Port-au-Prince native Nadine Gedeon, president-elect of the Haitian Lawyers Association.

Haiti was reeling from a late surge of COVID-19, and the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, when the earthquake struck. Rescue efforts were subsequently hampered by the arrival of Tropical Storm Grace, said Gedeon, a partner in Gedeon & Morales Law Group in Hollywood.