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Mildred Trouillot grew up in the Bronx. Both her father, Emile, and mother, Carmelle, were natives of Haïti. He left Haïti in 1958, she in 1960. They found work in New York City, where Emile worked in a steel factory. Carmelle worked as a laboratory technician.
Mildred graduated from St. Barnabas High School, City College of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She practiced commercial litigation for the Manhattan law firm of Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman. She met Aristide at a lecture he gave in 1992. In 1994, she went to work for Aristide's government in exile in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter, as well as doing legal work.
They married on January 20, 1996, in a simple ceremony in Port-au-Prince. It was a controversial marriage in Haïti. Aristide was elected President while he was a Catholic priest, and had given up the priesthood by the time he married Mildred.
The couple have two daughters, Christine Aristide, born in November 1996, and Michaelle Aristide, born in 1998.
- Pierre-Pierre, Gary (1996-01-21). "Many in Haiti Are Troubled By Marriage Of Aristide". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2019-02-20.