Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 816-2815 IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) would like to thank the Haitian people for the privilege of joining their struggle for justice over the last fourteen years.  Haitians founded the modern human rights movement when they abolished slavery in 1804— before any other country. The first Black Republic provided critical support to anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles in the United States, Latin American countries and many others. Haitians continue to be a model and an inspiration for the human rights movement, as they fight for justice, sovereignty and human rights on a daily basis with principle, compassion and courage. On the eighth anniversary of […]
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Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) Releases their Artbook ‘Migrating Colors: Haitian Arts in New England’ on January 12

1 week ago
  To commemorate the 8th Anniversary of Haiti’s Jan. 12 Earthquake, JEBCA Editions is pleased to announce the release of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) artbook Migrating Colors: Haitian Arts in New England featuring the artworks of 30 Haitian artists living in New England. Several pages of the book pay tribute to Haitian artists from the city of Jacmel, Haiti, and the survivors of Haiti’s January 12 Earthquake of 2010. The event will take place on Friday, January 12 at 4 P.M. in the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, located at the Boston City Hall, it is a symbolic remembrance of the earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people.  Several dignitaries, including the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, and artists featured in the book are scheduled to attend the reception. Click HERE more details.
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Nicolas Lemay-Hébert Interviewed Brian Concannon on UN Accountability for Haiti’s Cholera

1 week 1 day ago
This Interview was first published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hébert interviewed Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), on 22 July 2017. IJDH, along with its sister group, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti, have spearheaded a campaign to push the United Nations (UN) to recognize its responsibility in bringing cholera to Haiti, a decision that will certainly have ramifications for the future of international peacekeeping. In the name of thousands of victims in Haiti, IJDH has decided to sue the United Nations in New York for their responsibility in bringing cholera to the country. Can you tell us more about the genesis of the campaign and why IJDH has decided to address this specific issue? As soon as the outbreak was reported, Haitians started pointing at the UN base in […]
Wadner Pierre

A Doctor’s Prescription for Justice in Haiti

2 weeks 3 days ago
Dear friends, In October of this year, “Marie” came into a Partners In Health-supported hospital in Haiti with diarrhea and dehydration. My amazing colleagues at Zanmi Lasante successfully treated her cholera, but that was the easy part. The hard part is the work done by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to end the conditions that exposed Marie to a disease no one should get in the 21st century. The real disease that afflicts Marie and other impoverished Haitians is chronic injustice. Ill health is just a symptom of this deeper problem. Marie left the hospital only to return to the ongoing lack of potable water and sanitation that inflicts cholera and other diseases on millions of Haitians every day. The treatment for these conditions is justice. Justice in the […]
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Yes, We Are Winning the Fight for Social Justice and Equality in Haiti

2 weeks 3 days ago
 Dear friends,I am writing this letter to thank you for standing with me and my community when we need you the most. If there is a time in my life I can dare to say to my fellow Haitians that better days are ahead of them, it is today.When Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom I called my adoptive father was illegally arrested from 2004-2006 after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, I knew that I had to fight for his freedom. We had an uphill battle because a brutal and illegal government ruled Haiti, using the justice system as a tool of repression. In Haiti we were protesting against Fr. Jean-Juste’s arbitrary arrest while in the United States you were doing your part through donations to Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats […]
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Justice Happens When We Stand Together

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Dear Friends,Times are tough for those of us who care about justice in our world. But the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) were built for tough times, and so are you. You are a vital part of the network of supporters that have won “impossible” victories for the Haitian people for over two decades:   ✓ Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had the support of Haiti’s President and prosecutors, but in 2014 the Appeals Court declared in our case that Duvalier must stand trial, thus showing tyrants that they could be pursued as long as necessary; ✓ Haiti had one of the world’s weakest judiciaries, but our Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000 was hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecutions ever in the Americas.            Will you consider a year-end gift to help us […]
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Urgent Action: Women’s Rights Defender Threatened with Death

1 month ago
URGENT ACTION WOMEN’S RIGHTS DEFENDER THREATENED WITH DEATH Sanièce Petit Phat, a Haitian woman, and girls’ rights defender, has reported receiving death threats because of her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community of Canaan, Haiti. Sanièce Petit Phat is the coordinator of the women’s rights organization Mouvman Fanm Lakay an Aksyon (Women’s Movement in Action, MOFALAK), which operates in the Canaan area on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince, a vast land transformed into a new urban settlement following the 2010 earthquake that devastated most of the Haitian capital. The organization is known for denouncing violence against women and girls. In July 2016, Sanièce Petit Phat reported becoming the target of intimidation, including by receiving death threats against her and her family (in particular threatening to kill her two young children), from a neighbour. […]
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Will Butler of Arcade Fire for IJDH

1 month ago
Dear Friend, My day job is playing in a rock and roll band, and through my travels in the last decade I’ve been incredibly lucky to witness the work of IJDH. I’ve seen them work to hold the UN accountable for its role in spreading cholera in Haiti, representing those who were (and still are!) directly harmed. After six long years—thanks to their advocacy and legal work—the UN apologized and promised a renewed fight against cholera. And now I see IJDH still working to make the UN live up to its apology, and fund its promises to eradicate cholera and compensate the victims. I’ve also met up with IJDH and made late night phone calls to Congress from the bar Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. I’ve danced with their lawyers at the Hotel Florita in Haiti after the Kanaval parade […]
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Charlot Lucien: Tough Times, but We Are Still Winning

1 month ago
Dear friends, For many years, I have been a supporter of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and I am proud to continue to support its advocacy and legal work for a just and democratic Haiti. I hope you feel the same way. As a native of Haiti, a media personality and engaged community member in the Haitian-American community in the United States, I have witnessed the work of IJDH closely, particularly in the areas of social justice and in its advocacy for fair immigration policies. I have followed IJDH’s work to hold the United Nations accountable for its role in spreading the cholera epidemic in Haiti. When IJDH and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) took on the cholera case seven years ago, I was for sure skeptical about the outcome. Today, thanks to their advocacy and […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ten Mothers of 11 Children Abandoned by UN Peacekeepers Bring a legal action to Recover Child Support and Establish Custody

1 month ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    PRESS Contact:  Mario Joseph, Managing Lawyer, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +509-4645-2888 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody Port-au-Prince, December 11, 2017 – After having been impregnated and abandoned by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers, ten Haitian women brought claims for child support and to establish custody against the fathers with a Court of First Instance in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. One of the mothers was 17 years old when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law. The soldiers have since returned to Uruguay, Argentina, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, leaving the women to care for the children without support. The petitioners seek a legal order in accordance with international and Haitian law, including a Haitian Decree of September 14, 1983 that authorizes […]
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POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE: Dix (10) mères de onze (11) enfants abandonnés des casques bleus de l’ONU introduisent une action en justice en recouvrement de créances d’aliments et de garde de l’enfant

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POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE  Contact PRESSE: Mario Joseph, avocat, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (anglais, français, kreyòl) Nicole Phillips, avocat, Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +509 4645-2888 (Haïti) (anglais, français, kreyòl) Dix (10) mères de onze (11) enfants abandonnés des casques bleus de l’ONU introduisent une action en justice en recouvrement de créances d’aliments et de garde de l’enfant  Port-au-Prince, le 11 décembre, 2017 – Apres avoir été mises enceintes puis abandonnées par des casques bleus des Nations Unis, dix (10) femmes haïtiennes ont introduit une action en pension alimentaire et à la garde de l’enfant contre des casques bleus par devant le Doyen ou le Juge des REFERES des Tribunaux de Première Instance de Port-au-Prince et de Jacmel. L’une des requérantes était une mineure, elle avait 17 ans quand elle […]
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POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE: Un an après les excuses de l’ONU, les victimes du choléra appellent au secrétaire général les promesses non tenues

1 month 2 weeks ago
POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE: Contacte:  Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 Un an après les excuses de l’ONU, les victimes du choléra appellent au secrétaire général les promesses non tenues (Boston, Port-au-Prince, le 1 décembre 2017) – À l’occasion du premier anniversaire de l’excuse historique de l’ONU pour avoir déclenché l’épidémie dévastatrice de choléra en Haïti, les victimes ont appelé au secrétaire général Antonio Guterres de respecter les engagements pris l’année passée pour mettre fin à la transmission du choléra et fournir des remèdes. Les victimes prévoient également de se rassembler pacifiquement à 11 heures devant le siège de l’ONU à Port-au-Prince. Il y a un an aujourd’hui, le secrétaire général sortant, Ban Ki-moon, a demandé publiquement le pardon du peuple Haïtien pour le rôle de l’ONU […]
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Haiti’s Cholera Victims Call on UNSG Antonio Guterres to Act One Year after UN’s Apology

1 month 2 weeks ago
The United Nations peacekeepers sparked the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic in Haiti, killing at least 10,000 people and infecting 800,000. The epidemic continues to this day. On December 1, 2016, the UN finally apologized for its role and launched a new plan to eliminate cholera and assist its victims. One year later, victims are still waiting for the UN to honor its promises.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises

1 month 2 weeks ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises (Boston, Port-au-Prince, December 1, 2017) – On the one year anniversary of the UN’s historic apology for its role in sparking Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic, victims appealed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to follow through on commitments made last year to end cholera transmission and provide remedies. Victims also plan to gather in peaceful protest at 11 am EST outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince. One year ago today, then-outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly asked for the Haitian people’s forgiveness for the UN’s role in the epidemic and launched a “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.”  Many victims viewed the apology as turning a page on a […]
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#GivingTuesday: When Donating Today, You Join Us in the Fight for Cholera Justice

1 month 2 weeks ago
Dear Friend, Thank you to all of you who have already donated to support a just, democratic and prosperous Haiti. If you have not done so, NOW it’s the time to add your voice. #GivingTuesday kick-starts the charitable season for organizations. At IJDH, we are grateful for those who celebrate and support nonprofit organizations like the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). For the past two decades IJDH and its Haitian partner organization the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have supported the Haitian people in their grassroots struggle for a just and democratic Haiti. When the United Nations introduced cholera into Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, we worked with cholera victims to hold the UN accountable for its failure to prevent the worst cholera outbreak in modern times. After six years of legal and advocacy work, the UN […]
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#GivingTuesday: Donate Today to Support a Just, Democratic and Prosperous Haiti

1 month 2 weeks ago
Dear Friend, Today is #GivingTuesday, which is an opportunity to fight back! The bad news from so many places can be overwhelming. But there is good news from so many places too, from nonprofits that are fighting, and winning important battles for systemic change, in courts, on the streets, in the press and in legislatures all over the world. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, where we receive the majority of our contributions. Haitians say “men anpil chay pa lou”- many hands make the load light. No one organization is going to stop the global advance of hatred, selfishness and disdain for truth and law, but collectively we are already doing it. At IJDH and our partner the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), our place in the big picture is supporting […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS

1 month 3 weeks ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, +1 (786) 877-6999 Brian Concannon Jr., Excutive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), brian@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 652-0876 DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS Advocates call decision on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians disingenuous, vow to continue fight The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), an advocacy group that supports equal treatment of Haitians in the United States, criticized the November 20 decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. The decision was based on a finding that the “temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” Unconscionably, DHS refused to consider massive blows that struck Haiti after the earthquake that make it unsafe for Haitians to […]
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Join the Team as a Volunteer Coordinator and Let’s Make Justice Happen

2 months ago
IJDH Volunteer Coordinator Internship Start Date: Immediate Opening Application Deadline: Rolling Basis About Us IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with BAI to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with routinely excellent legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. IJDH is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy and […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations

2 months 1 week ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Mario Joseph, avocat, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haïti) (français, kreyol, English)  Sienna Merope-Synge, attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, +1-917-864-6901 / +509-4875-3444 (Haïti) (English, français, kreyol) Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations Port-au-Prince, November 6, 2017 – Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims welcomed UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy on Haiti Josette Sheeran’s meeting with a group of victims this weekend as a positive first step towards respecting Haitians’ dignity and right to consultation. The meeting between Ms. Mohammed, Ms. Sheeran and five cholera victims took place on Saturday 4 November at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the legal office that has led the fight for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, as part of the UN high-level delegation’s […]
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Extending TPS is in the Best Interests of the U.S. and Haiti

2 months 1 week ago
On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE
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