Deadly demonstrations fueled by skyrocketing prices, alleged government corruption and a lack of social services have rocked Haiti — long considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

The U.S. State Department has recalled non-emergency personnel and urged people not to travel to the island country.

“Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or nonexistent,” the State Department warned.

Against that backdrop, advocates like Paul Kendrick, a 1972 Fairfield University graduate, and Cyrus Sibert , a Haitian journalist, worry that the expected $250,000-each payout to the latest group of 133 victims of the Project Pierre Toussaint sex scandal will be targeted by criminal groups, unscrupulous financial planners and other crooks.

The advocates point to 23 victims who shared an initial $12 million settlement in 2013.