As the holiday celebrations approach, please join the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in celebrating a year of victories for justice in Haiti. Along with our collaborators in Haiti and abroad, we have made historic and sustainable impact in 2016, including:
- •The United Nations admitted involvement in bringing cholera to Haiti and announced $400 million to fight cholera and support the cholera victims. This is a big step forward—it will save hundreds of lives and alleviate misery for tens of thousands of families. Smaller victories along the way included:
•A series of reports from UN Human Rights experts urging the UN to respect the cholera victims’ human right to compensation;
•Editorial Boards from the New York Times (twice), the Washington Post, Boston Globe (twice), Miami Herald, The Lancet and many other outlets supported the victims’ fight for justice. Hundreds of articles appeared in audio and print, in dozens of countries on every inhabited continent.
- •Deeply flawed Presidential elections were stopped in January and irregularities were investigated. This victory provided Haitian voters a second chance to choose their government, and established the precedent that Haitian voters and civil society, supported by allies abroad, can overcome election manipulation by Haitian and foreign governments. Although the rescheduled elections held in November were an improvement, there are claims of widespread fraud and voter disenfranchisement. We are pushing for a full investigation into these problems.
- •Several BAI rape clients—all poor women and girls—had their day in court, while children abandoned by UN Peacekeeper fathers launched an unprecedented campaign for child support.
- •BAI continued to provide legal representation, meeting space and advice to Haitian activists and grassroots groups standing up against injustice, and to train the next generation of Haitian human rights lawyers.
- •IJDH continued to amplify and support BAI’s work, bringing Haitian voices abroad where decisions about Haitian rights are routinely made.
All this progress was only possible because of our generous donors. We are reaching out to ask you to make more victories possible through financial support of our work.
When you give the gift of justice to Haiti, you strengthen the foundations of stability and prosperity for Haitian generations to come.
With hope and gratitude,
P. S. BAI and IJDH depend on private funds to support all of our work.