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BAI’s Mario Joseph Featured Speaker in Carleton Convocation

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

Carleton College
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

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 (

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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