Keeping Our Supporters Informed
Welcome to IJDH’s first quarterly newsletter!
Several of our supporters and collaborators expressed a desire to hear from us more frequently. We hope that these newsletters, and other communication improvements, will allow you to better connect with our work and find information about human rights in Haiti. Check out our new website and, if you haven’t done so already, sign up for our mailing list to receive our Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts and other correspondence. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
Updates from Haiti
Advocating on Behalf of Earthquake Victims
The BAI’s network of grassroots organizations has permitted us to play a productive role in disaster response to the earthquake.
The BAI has helped connect medical providers with equipment, supplies and facilities, and distributed assistance directly to victims. The BAI’s Mario Joseph trained grassroots women leaders to conduct a census of over 4,000 earthquake victims to facilitate BAI’s aid distribution and provide data to international organizations. The office also hosted a medical team from New York, which used the BAI office as a clinic and living quarters, and is currently hosting a legal/medical team from San Francisco, which is using the office to assist earthquake victims fill out applications for temporary entry into the U.S. to join their families or obtain necessary medical care. BAI lawyers have advocated on behalf of voudou practitioners persecuted in the aftermath of the disaster.
We will continue to look for concrete ways to enforce the basic rights of earthquake victims and, more importantly, to empower communities to advocate for themselves.
Despite Setbacks Our Work Moves Forward
Health & Human Rights in Prisons Project (HHRPP)
Decreased prison capacity in the capital coupled with the court system’s current inability to process detainees’ cases, will force prisoners into the already overcrowded remaining prisons, including the HHRPP prisons in Hinche, St. Marc and Mirebalais. It will therefore be more important than ever for HHRPP to provide medical services in the prisons and reduce the prison population through effective legal representation and public advocacy.
Although project participants are currently conducting less work on HHRPP, all are committed to keeping this project moving. Since the earthquake, BAI Attorney Ouvens Jean Louis has assisted several unjustly held prisoners obtain release in Hinche and return to their families, which have undoubtedly grown as a result of the urban exodus after the earthquake.
Read more about the HHRPP here.
Human Right to Education Project (HREP)
With all of the schools in Port-au-Prince still closed due to earthquake damage, tens of thousands of children are left without access to education
, not including the 50 percent of Haitian children excluded from the system before the catastrophe. The Palais de Justice
, which housed the trial and appellate courts in the capital, was completely destroyed delaying the filing of our complaint on behalf of these children. As Haiti develops its plan for rebuilding, we will work to ensure that the right to education, especially for the internally displaced, is respected.
You can follow the HREP here.
Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP)
IJDH’s new website, launched last month, will allow us to continue to update and expand our web-based resources for asylum applicants and their advocates. Since the earthquake, we have worked with law students from UC Hastings and Georgetown to update our Haiti Asylum Law Spreadsheet and Country Conditions Information pages.
Find resources and conduct research here
Expansions Increase Our Effectiveness
We are excited to welcome the newest member of our staff, Communications Associate Lily Friedman. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to increase our staff in Haiti and the U.S., which has already shown dividends. We are also thrilled to welcome Legal Intern Sarah Dougherty who will be with us full-time until May.
Thank You to Our Supporters
Your Generosity Keeps Us Fighting for Justice
We would like extend a special thank you to all of our supporters
. Your generosity has allowed us to expand our staff in Haiti and the US increasing our effectiveness, provide direct assistance and supplies to earthquake victims easing suffering, support fact-finding delegations investigating human rights violations to support international advocacy, and upgrade our website improving our communication. Simply put, our work would not be possible without you.
*IJDH Volunteers 2010
Everyone who has joined the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network – too many to name here!
*IJDH Donors (December 2009 – March 2010)
Alexander and Margaret Albertine
Katie B. Annand
S. Sidney and Jessica Walker Beaumont
Ruth E. Beeton
Thomas and Emily Benner
Richard and Cathleen Bernard
Alan and Doris Blum
Conor K. Bohan
Jordan Bookey and Felix Brandon Lloyd
Ann E. Browder
Veronica Lizeth Canton
Sarah L Cave
Susan Kaplan and Leonard Cavise
Catherine Clare and Howard Fifer
Peter Graham Cohn
Lillian Sandra Coliver
Marie de Paul Combo
Hope and John Comerford
Rose Anne Concannon
Herb and Sharon Cooper
Suzanne J. Decopain
Elizabeth F. Defeis
Raymond and Lynn DeSutter
John Egan and Martha Lewin
M. Gloria Espinoza
Russell and Lee Flynn
Mary B. Fort
George Friemoth and Dale Sorenson
Neil R. Froemming and Sara Satterthwaite
Chris and Christina Dulin Geyer
Steven Goldberg and Linda Boise
Lucas Guttentag and Deborah Smith
Claire A. Hass
Terence N. Hawley
Louis and Marguerite Hiken
Philip and Audrey Huffman
John J. and Maureen Hurley
James O. Kelly
Kevin B. Kelly and Rosanne Lufrano
Ed Kinane and Ann A. Tiffany
Barbara Kohnen and Jim Adriance
William J. and Deborah Kopacz
Ira J. Kurzban
Serge Lafontant and Julie Hoover
Karen L. Leach
Thomas R. and Linda W. Lebach
Donald Libbey and Sara Flynn
Richard and Rita Lipsitz
Karen Elliott Lovekamp
Nick and Angie Lunde
James C. Martin
Eugene G. McCarthy
Paul E. McCarthy and Lien McCarthy
Peter J. and Solveig I. Nilsen-Goodin
Roberval Oliveira and Elizabeth Chace
Brian L. and Elizabeth H. Oliver
Thomas Palmer and Ellen Lebowitz
Pamela Merchant and Kirby Sack
Glenda J. and Stuart F. Pawsey
Sidney and Louise Peck
E Barbara Phillips
Paul and Theresa Raymond
Christopher J. and Judith C. Reilly
Regan P. Remillard
Mark and Michelle Riley
Jim and Liz Robinson
Brad Seligman and Sara T. Campos
Duane F. Sigelko
Mary M. Siska Canizzaro
Joshua N. Sondheimer
Bradford A. and Anne C. Stephens
Robert and Carol Strazer
Shirley and Harold Strom
Maria M. Truskier
Richard and Elizabeth K. Vanden Heuvel
Dodi Walker Gross
Sonja S. Weissman
Monna L. Wejrowski
Nicholas M. Wellington
Martha J. Willi