I am writing to ask you to consider helping one of our classmates, Brian Concannon continue his groundbreaking work fighting for justice and establishing the rule of law in Haiti.
For the past 17 years, Brian has worked full-time, in Haiti and the U.S., to make justice work for the poor of Haiti. He has had some great successes, as the attached GULC Alumni Magazine profile describes. Brian has won historic cases in Haitian and International Courts and built Haiti’s largest and most effective public interest law firm.
Brian and his colleagues need our help urgently with their biggest challenge yet. They represent 15,000 victims of the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN soldiers in 2010. The potential impact of this case is enormous—victory will mean forcing the installation of a comprehensive clean water and sanitation infrastructure that would save over 4,000 lives a year and eliminate Haiti’s worst public health problem.
Brian and his team work long hard hours on the cholera case, and have made significant progress so far, including an initiative announced yesterday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to respond to the cholera epidemic. But as we all know, hard work is not enough to ensure legal victories. The Haiti cholera case, like our cases in the U.S., need money to keep the office lights on, prepare the files, and pay the lawyers’ modest salaries. Cholera victims cannot pay legal costs—the disease almost exclusively affects the extremely poor, so their lawyers rely on financial support from people outside Haiti who care about justice.
Please consider joining me in keeping Brian on the front lines of the fight for justice in Haiti. Even a modest donation—a billable hour or two—from enough of us will support the cholera litigation for months. If your firm, bar group or other organization has a grant program that might be able to support Brian’s work, please reach out to him at Brian@IJDH.org. For more information about Brian’s work, see www.IJDH.org.
You can donate online here, or send a check to the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, 666 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA 02127.
Very truly yours,
Nancy Reimer, Esq.
Click HERE to see Brian’s alumni profile in the fall/winter issue of GULC magazine.