Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Law in the Time of Cholera

While we can’t treat patients, we are fighting the conditions that make cholera possible in Haiti.

Cholera is a disease of the disempowered: it can only thrive where people cannot enforce their right to basic social services, including clean water and healthcare. It will likely persist in Haiti for years – as long as the conditions that make it thrive do. Those conditions also spawn other crises – extreme vulnerability to hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural stresses, and diarrheal diseases killing children more slowly but just as surely.

We’ve fought these conditions for a decade: we opposed the development assistance embargo (2000-2004) that cancelled clean water project loans. We helped win over $2 billion in debt cancellation, which freed up over $1 million per week for the Haitian government to provide social services.

Your support will keep these cholera-fighting projects going:

• Our fight for better conditions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp residents – ending evictions and ensuring clean water, healthcare and sanitation – will stop the spread of the bacteria causing cholera.

• Discrimination and violence against women makes them more vulnerable to cholera, so protecting and empowering women reduces the risk for half of all Haitians.

• Promoting fair immigration treatment keeps tens of thousands of Haitians safe in the U.S., from where they send support to hundreds of thousands back home.

• Enforcing voting rights allows voters to elect leaders who prioritize basic social services.

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries: info@ijdh.org
Media Inquiries: media@ijdh.org