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BAI’s Mario Joseph Recognized as Unsung Hero

This is an excellent article highlighting the work of BAI’s Mario Joseph, and explaining why it matters.  The article focuses on the Duvalier Prosecution, the cholera case against the UN, and Mario’s efforts for justice in Haiti.  Thank you so much to everyone who has made Mario’s work possible!

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Partial version below:

A Hero in Haiti

Pooja Bhatia, Ozy

September 25, 2013

Mario Joseph speaking to prisoners in Haiti

MARIO JOSEPH

SOURCE: HANS THOOLEN

To know Mario Joseph is to wait for Mario Joseph. You will wait for him to return from a last-minute hearing, to stop barking into one of his two mobile phones, to wrap up a meeting that started an hour late. And you will wait because Joseph, managing attorney at the NGO Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, is the best human rights lawyer in Haiti, a country where human rights are honored mostly in the breach. From dawn till dusk, clients gather on his office’s bougainvillea-laced terrace: brave women going after rapists, homeless Haitians evicted from post-quake tent camps, cholera victims seeking reparations.

“If you’re persistent, if you fight, if you organize, if you push the system, it can move. It gives you hope. You can see it on my clients’ faces.”

 

Original article HERE.

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