Mario Joseph has been invited to speak at Carleton College’s convocation on October 23, 2015. This article describes Mario’s journey to becoming “Haiti’s most respected human rights lawyer,” and BAI’s work combining legal strategies with national and international advocacy to empower and support the poor in Haiti.
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Haitian human rights attorney to present Carleton convocation
October 19, 2015
Haitian human rights attorney Mario Joseph will present the weekly Carleton convocation address Friday, Oct. 23 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Joseph’s presentation, which will highlight his work advocating for victims of political violence, is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
The New York Times has called Joseph Haiti’s “most respected human rights lawyer,” representing the disadvantaged, victims of political violence, and political prisoners since 1996 as the leader of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, a partner organization of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (www.ijdh.org).
The BAI has pioneered a “victim-centered approach,” that combines traditional legal strategies with empowerment of victims’ organizations and political advocacy. BAI lawyers argue in court, but also help victims engage judicial and government authorities through media advocacy, writing letters, meetings with officials and even organizing demonstrations. The office helps its clients advocate on a global level as well, through international courts, media appearances, and helping organize international campaigns in support of its clients. BAI lawyers advocate beyond the confines of their cases in support of the rule of law in Haiti.
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