Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Mario Joseph Mentioned on NPR

The story about Mario Joseph was recently mentioned on NPR.  In the short excerpt below, Ozy’s founder explains why Mario’s work is so compelling.

The New And The Next: A Haitian Star, Bilingual Speed Dating

September 28, 2013

The online magazine Ozy talks about people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins us regularly to tell us about the site’s latest discoveries.

This week, he tells NPR’s Arun Rath about a rising star in human rights law, a rags-to-riches tale of a whacky impersonator and trend to look out for in the dating world.


It’s time for the new and the next. Carlos Watson is the cofounder of the online magazine Ozy. He joins us now to tell us about some of the people, places and trends on the horizon. Welcome back, Carlos.

CARLOS WATSON: Arun, it’s good to be with you.

RATH: So, interesting story you had this week about Mario Joseph. Now, if there’s such a thing as a rock star human rights lawyer, I guess that would be Mario. Tell us a little bit about him and his battles that he’s taking on in Haiti.

WATSON: This human rights lawyer, Mario Joseph, a son of a single mother – first, he took on their former dictator, Baby Doc Duvalier, who very famously seemed above the law there in Haiti. In fact, despite the fact that he had to leave the country in ’86, Duvalier comes back in 2011 and seems to be a guy who’s not going to be challenged for accusations of mass murder.

But Mario Joseph takes the case and, unbelievably in Haiti, a court actually takes it up. So there’s still more to be done. But, Arun, guess what his next big challenge he’s taken on?

RATH: Yes, what now?

WATSON: He’s going after United Nations. He’s saying that some of the U.N. workers, when they came, actually imported cholera.

RATH: Right. This was during the disaster relief.

WATSON: Correct. And so, again, a very bold thing to do, controversial in some courts. But the Mario Joseph story, it’s a reminder that while people may not be famous, there certainly still is a David and Goliath opportunity in this world.


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