Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN’s Disastrous Legacy in Haiti – Edwidge Danticat

4 days 4 hours ago
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, established in June of 2004, has finally come to an end after thirteen long years. MINUSTAH was established to create a “secure and stable environment” in Haiti, which was viewed as a threat to international peace and security in the region.” However, instead of pacifying the nation, MINUSTAH acted as “a continuous military operation in a country in which there was no war.” In addition to killing, injuring and raping Haitian citizens, United Nations peacekeepers also caused the cholera epidemic which has claimed thousands of Haitian lives. The UN has yet to alleviate the trauma it has caused Haiti. Meanwhile, the institution has replaced MINUSTAH with a smaller version, MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), aimed at helping the Haitian government strengthen its institutions and police force. The evidence […]
Wadner Pierre

Haiti Is Not Ready To Take In 58,000 Unemployed Haitians

5 days 1 hour ago
Since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. government has granted 58,000 Haitians the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This could be terminated by next month. U.S. lawmakers from both parties, immigration advocates and church leaders urge the current administration to extend TPS for 18 months to allow Haitian TPS-holders to continue to live and work in the U.S. The country has been struggling to recover from several natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera epidemic and last year’s Hurricane Matthew that flattened the southern part of the country. Haiti is in no position to absorb and care for 58,000 Haitians. Read full article HERE Haitians still need protections from US Boston Globe October 12, 2017 Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants […]
Vivian Tran

Miami-Dade Commissioners Urging 18-month TPS for Haitian Nationals

5 days 2 hours ago
As November approaches, 24,000 Haitians recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) living in Miami, FL are worried about the Department of Homeland Security’s next TPS decision. Their native country, Haiti, has reeled by a series of natural disasters, including an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced into the country by the United Nations soldiers right after the 2010 earthquake. These unfortunate events have made it difficult for them to return to Haiti.  The Miami-Dade Commissioners are strongly supporting 18-month  TPS extension and urging Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Senators Marco Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson to appeal to President Donald Trump to extend TPS for   58,000 in the United States. Read full article HERE Miami-Dade Commissioners Ask Trump Not to Deport 24,000 Haitians Isabella Vi Gomes, Miami New Times October 13, 2017 For seven years, thousands of Haitians in Miami have dodged deportation […]
Vivian Tran

Meet Our Volunteers

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Given our small office and high vol­ume of work, we depend heav­ily on vol­un­teers to help us with translations, advocacy, writing and much more. Thank you to volunteers all over the world, in all stages of their careers and education, who make time for IJDH. We are eter­nally grate­ful. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                              Past team members from 2007 to present 
Ashley Armand

Meet Our Interns

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Ashlie Bermudez, Communications and Development Intern, is a junior at Boston University from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She is studying international relations and Spanish and is specifically interested in human rights, international law and economic development with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Being that her mother is a Haitian immigrant, the issues of the Haitian people are extremely important to her. She loves to travel and gain cross-cultural experience. Ashlie speaks English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. ashlie anne@ijdh.org xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx XX Sean Huguenard, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at UMass Boston studying Community Development, concentrating on Economic Development. His interest in economic development comes from his experiences as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. There, he encountered firsthand the living and economic conditions of people in developing countries struggling with conflict and […]
Ashley Armand

As UN Closes MINUSTAH, Advocates Condemn Accountability Failures

1 week 4 days ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): nicole@ijdh.org, +011 509 4645-2888 No Justice, No Credibility: Ignoring Legal Obligations to Victims Guarantees Ineffectiveness of MINUJUSTH (BOSTON AND PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 11, 2017)—As the UN closes its Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) after thirteen years and opens a new mission, rights groups warned that the UN must be accountable to victims of MINUSTAH’s human rights abuses if the successor mission is to have credibility. MINUSTAH has engaged in a pattern of abuse and impunity since its arrival in 2004, including causing the worst cholera epidemic of modern times. When it closes on October 15, MINUSTAH will be succeeded by the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), a smaller peacekeeping force with a mission to build […]
Wadner Pierre

Thousands of Haitians Threatened with Deportation Hoping for 18-Month TPS Extension

1 week 5 days ago
On January 22, 2018, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians in the U.S. will expire . Haitian TPS recipients are anxiously awaiting on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision, which is expected to be made as early as next month. The Haitian government formally wrote the  Trump Administration to request an 18-month TPS extension for those Haitian TPS-holder. Haiti has been reeled by a series of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera oubreak introduced by the United Nations soldiers and last year Hurricane Matthew and Hurricanes Irma, Maria that destroyed crops and made life harder for famers in the northern part of country. Read full article HERE Haiti requests 18-month TPS extension from Trump administration Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 9, 2017 Haiti’s government has written to the Trump administration to formally ask for an 18-month extension […]
Vivian Tran

Haiti: Church Leader and Elected Officials Demand Justice and Reparations for Cholera Victims

2 weeks 5 days ago
Mario Joseph from the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux has been fighting non-stop for cholera victims to get individual compensation and for the United Nations to be held accountable for their actions. In this recent video, Church leaders and elected officials advocate for the same and support the work done by the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux. Translations Father Pierre Withny: Mario Joseph is a lawyer. As you know he is pleading before the United Nations (UN) to demand reparations for the cholera epidemic that the UN soldiers introduced to us in Haiti. Lawyer Mario, We hope your work will bear fruit. [And] we hope UN will remedy this country. Wilson Balder, Mayor of Lascahobas: Cholera is still raging the country, especially after the recent hurricane. We have registered many cases, particularly in the Municipality of Las Cahobas.  We demand that UN […]
Ashley Armand

Deputy Jerry Tardieu: “UN has a moral responsibility toward all cholera victims”

2 weeks 5 days ago
Savanette: Feast of  Notre Dame de la Nativité During the celebration of the Feast of Notre Dame de la Nativité in Municipality Savanette, Plateau Central, Father Joël Deluce applauds BAI’s Mario Joseph and other national and international lawyers for their fight for justice and reparations for all of Haiti’s cholera victims.    Translations   Father Joël Deluce: Lawyer Mario Joseph is here with us. He’s the one who’s fighting along with a team of national and international lawyers for justice and reparations for all of the victims of the cholera epidemic. On August 18th 2016, the United Nations publicly acknowledged that within three months, it will give a response to the victims. If Lawyer Mario is here today, he is here to help the cholera victims get reparations Lawyer, thank you for the work you are doing for this country. […]
Ashley Armand

IJDH Joins Arcade Fire’s Will Butler to Discuss Health, Human Rights in Haiti

3 weeks ago
  IJDH was excited to join the rock stars of Arcade Fire at a special “Disco Town Hall” to discuss Health and Human Rights in Haiti. IJDH Board Member Dr. Joia Mukherjee thrilled the late-night crowd with her stories and songs from the front lines of the healthcare equity fight in Haiti. Brian Concannon gave Congressional staffers something to talk about on Monday morning by launching our first-ever nightclub call-in campaign to urge the House to vote for the $12 million authorized in the Senate Appropriations Bill to assist Haiti’s cholera victims. Check out our interview with With Butler:
Wadner Pierre

Cholera Justice: US Senate Votes to Contribute to the Cholera Fund, Now Let’s Convince the House to Follow Through

3 weeks ago
IJDH’s work with Congress led the Senate to include $12 million for the UN’s Cholera Trust Fund to assist cholera victims in its Appropriations Bill, this is despite Trump Administration opposition. We now need to convince the House of Representatives to keep that investment in the final Bill. Also, Norway has announced that it will contribute $800,000 and Belgium promised a contribution of $300,000 to the cholera fund. We have a long way to go until the UN’s promises are backed by full funding. But we are forcing continued progress, which could not happened without your continued support for IJDH and BAI advocacy and legal work. Let’s keep the pressure on. Call your representative today, tell him/her to support the Senate Committee authorization of $12 million to fund the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to eradicate the disease […]
Wadner Pierre

Tell President Trump to Extend TPS for 58,000 Haitians NOW

3 weeks ago
President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security will decide by November 23 whether to end Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation or extend it. Relentless advocacy by IJDH and allies staved off termination in May. We are working even harder for a new18-month extension. But we need your help. The lives of 58,000 Haitians and their families including US-born children are at stake.Here’s what you can do: first, endorse this letter now circulating nationwide (please fill out this simple form ASAP). Second, convince your local city councilor, county commissioner, and/or state legislator to adapt, introduce and pass this resolution urging President Trump to extend Haiti’s TPS designation for 18 months. As in the Spring, IJDH efforts are in high gear —recent support generated includes resolutions by the Broward County Commission, the City of North Miami, the US Conference of Mayors, letters […]
Wadner Pierre

Boston Neighborhood News Report on Haitian TPS Extension Rally

1 month ago
On September 20th, a TPS Extension Rally held in front of the State Capital demonstrated how vital TPS extension is for Haiti. Check out Brian Concannon as well as our partner organizations speak about TPS extension and how vital it is for Haitian TPS holders: After having regularly renewed Haiti’s TPS designation in successive 18-month increments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in early 2017 threatened to end it, but a campaign in which IJDH played a key role won a grudging six-month extension, to January 22, 2018. We are coordinating and participating in renewed efforts to stave off termination and win an 18 month extension: deportations to Haiti remain unsafe due to incomplete earthquake recovery, the unchecked cholera epidemic, and the ravages of Hurricane Matthew and Haiti can’t safely assimilate 50,000 new deportees nor replace their crucial remittances.
Ashley Armand

Senator Patrick Leahy: ‘The cholera outbreak was caused by an act of extreme negligence’

1 month ago
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Funding to Address Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, in 2004 the United States voted to establish the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to police the country following years of political turmoil. While MINUSTAH was successful in bringing a semblance of order to the country, its mission was severely impacted by the 2010 earthquake which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands more in need of assistance.  Haiti has not fully recovered since then. Unfortunately, that was not the only tragedy that befell Haiti in 2010.  In October of that year a cholera outbreak spread throughout the country, sickening hundreds of thousands and claiming the lives of more than 9,000.  Even more tragically, and unlike the earthquake, the outbreak could have been prevented, and the […]
Wadner Pierre

IJDH Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Internships: Be Part of a Great Team Fighting for Cholera Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in Haiti

1 month ago
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. Employment Opportunities There are no opportunities currently available. Internship Opportunities IJDH Development and Communications Internship, Spring 2018  IJDH is looking for Development and Communications interns to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy and in development […]
Wadner Pierre

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Senate’s $12M to Assist Cholera Victims in Haiti

1 month ago
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $12 million for the United Nations’ trust fund to assist cholera victims. Though the Trump Administration opposes the funding, it will be delivered if we convince the House of Representatives to keep it in the final Appropriations Bill. There’s no better time to tell your Representative in Washington that HE/SHE should care about Haiti. Call your Rep today, tell HIM/HER to support the Senate Appropriations Committee $12 million to fund the U.N.’s  New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to prevent more Haitians dying from the disease. Let’s make justice happen, one phone call at a time.   Its easy! Here’s how: 1. Call your Rep’s line, or the switchboard (202) 224-3121, with your Rep’s name or your zip code. 2. Leave a voicemail message. Start with your name and city/state, so they know you […]
Wadner Pierre

Disco Town Hall: Join the Conversation on Health, Human Rights and Social Justice in Haiti

1 month 1 week ago
 Hello Boston!  Join Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, Joia Mukherjee of Partners In Health and Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti on September 15 from 11:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. at Great Scott in Allston, MA to talk about healthcare and human rights in Haiti. Ticket: $5 per person, age: 21+      
Wadner Pierre

The UN’s Liability for Civilian Harms: Lessons from Cholera in Haiti

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By Beatrice Lindstrom and  Sienna Merope- Synge This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Newsletter of the Human Rights Law Committee of the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association (Vol 1, Issue 1), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association. Summary The United Nations enjoys broad immunity from suit, but has well-established legal obligations to compensate civilians harmed by its tortious conduct. Yet, it took years of advocacy – from the streets of Port-au-Prince to legal action in New York – to persuade the UN to redress harms it caused by recklessly introducing cholera to Haiti. Recently, the UN has recognised a moral, but not legal, duty to victims. This gap between the UN’s liability on paper and its practice violates victims’ […]
Wadner Pierre

Haitian-American Community in Boston Rallies in Support for TPS on September 20th

1 month 3 weeks ago
Join the Haitian-American Community in Boston on September 20th  from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. in front of the Massachusetts State House located in Downtown Boston to rally in support for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Over 50,000 Haitian nationals who have been living in the United States in the seven years under TPS could be deported next January if the Trump terminate TPS status for Haiti. Join us, add your voice, you would be glad you did.
Wadner Pierre

Fr. Levêque Bien-Aimé: We Are Still Waiting on U.N. to Deliver on Its Promise to Cholera Victims

1 month 3 weeks ago
Fr. Levêque Bien-Aimé urges the United Nations (U.N.) to act to eradicate the cholera epidemic that its soldiers introduced into Haiti and to compensate the victims of cholera. Fr. Levêque encourages Haitian officials at all level to support Bureau des Avocats Internationaux legal and advocacy work aiming at pressing the U.N. to deliver on the promise it made to Haitian people almost a year ago: to eradicate cholera and compensate the victims. Watch the video below: Fr. Levêque Bien-Aimé   Mario Joseph is lawyer who has been playing an important role in the country, and we must support him, particularly in Mirebalais. Mario of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux has been fighting to force the United Nations (U.N.) to redress Haiti for the cholera disease it brought into Haiti. In Mirebalais, we are the first victims [of cholera]. Certainly, the U.N. knows it was the […]
Wadner Pierre
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