Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Listen to Nicole Phillips Field Report from the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland

In this week’s podcast, Nicole Phillips, IJDH Staff Attorney, gives us a field report from the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, for Haiti’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that was held last week, on Thursday, October 13th. The UPR is a process by which the U.N. Human Rights Council can evaluate Haiti’s compliance with its human rights law obligations and make recommendations for further improvements. Nicole notes how important and difficult it was to bring Haitian voices to the hearing, as she was hoping to bring advocates from Haitian grassroots organizations, who unfortunately could not receive travel visas in time. “It’s easy for Americans to travel to Switzerland – we don’t need travel visas. This is a good example of the many barriers for the Haitian civil society to participate in the U.N.,” says Phillips.

Listen here for more information on Thursday’s UPR Review.

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Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attor­ney, has always been pas­sion­ate about inter­na­tional human rights and was so moved  by the earth­quake in Haiti that she left her career as a union labor lawyer to join IJDH in April 2010.  Her prac­tice included ten years with Wein­berg, Roger & Rosen­feld in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, where she served as gen­eral coun­sel to unions and employee ben­e­fit trust funds across the coun­try, arbi­trated col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing dis­putes, and man­aged a case­load in fed­eral and state courts involv­ing labor, employ­ment, health insur­ance, and envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. She first worked with IJDH in 2006 while direct­ing the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco, School of Law, Cen­ter for Law and Global Jus­tice, Haiti and Domini­can Repub­lic human rights pro­grams, which she con­tin­ues to do. email:

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