Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Watch A Matt Damon Video

January 25, 2009

Matt DamonPaulFarmer-GillesPeress2000

Thank you everyone who signed the Petition to Free Ronald Dauphin. The petition has over 400 signatures, double what it had when we posted the alert. But that is not enough to pry open his prison bars. So please sign the petition if you have not done so, let�s show that the Half Hour for Haiti community can get us up to 1000 signatures.

Linda Dorcena Forry

The Center for Justice and Accountability has announced that it is awarding our affiliate in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, its 2009 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at CJA�s 10th Anniversary Event on March 17, in San Francisco. IJDH co-founder and board member Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health will be the featured speaker.

Brian Concannon Jr. of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in HaitiPaul Farmer and Brian Concannon have an Op-Ed in today�s Boston Globe: Change Haiti Can Believe In.

This week�s action: Actor Matt Damon, Dr. Paul Farmer, State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, and IJDH Director Brian Concannon Jr. are participating in a panel discussion moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston at 5PM ET on Tuesday, January 27. The panel will focus on improving U.S. Policy towards Haiti under the new leadership in Washington. The event sold out in two hours last week, but it will be webcast, both live and arc hived, from links on and This week�s action is to spread the word about this exciting event to your networks, and to join us yourself.


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