|Dear Friends,Times are tough for those of us who care about justice in our world. But the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) were built for tough times, and so are you. You are a vital part of the network of supporters that have won “impossible” victories for the Haitian people for over two decades:|
✓ Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had the support of Haiti’s President and prosecutors, but in 2014 the Appeals Court declared in our case that Duvalier must stand trial, thus showing tyrants that they could be pursued as long as necessary;
✓ Haiti had one of the world’s weakest judiciaries, but our Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000 was hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecutions ever in the Americas.
Will you consider a year-end gift to help us keep fighting? Your persistent support over the last year helped us win some crucial fights, despite the current tough times:
We had a partial victory too. In November, the Trump Administration terminated TPS for over 58,000 Haitians. But thanks to the pressure exerted by advocates, the Administration was forced to extend the departure date until July 2019. Our establishing the factual record forced the Administration to distort the law in reaching the decision, which provides the basis for a legal challenge. So, the fight continues.
These victories will make real differences in the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians. Together, we made it happen by combining cutting-edge legal work with nurturing powerful networks—including activists, political leaders, health professionals, citizens, donors and many others—that apply immense pressure from a broad range of perspectives to create sustainable and concrete change.
The success also happened because we never give up. Now Haitians need all of us, more than ever, to support their struggle for justice. There are important justice battles to fight in the U.S., but we also have to keep fighting in Haiti, where the people are even more vulnerable to everything from hurricanes to tax policy to congressional dysfunction.
Please keep us at the forefront of the struggle for a fair, democratic and prosperous Haiti with a generous donation to IJDH.
Brian Concannon Jr.
IJDH Executive Director
P.S. It’s important to celebrate some of the recent success we’ve had and to take inspiration from how much we can accomplish when we work together toward a common cause. The current state of politics in the U.S. demonstrates how fragile hard-won victories can be. Nonetheless, we have to keep fighting to lock in the progress we’ve made and build on it moving forward. hope you’ll continue to support us. Every donation of any amount helps. You can also help by spreading the word. Pease tell your friends and colleagues about what we’ve accomplished together and help us recruit new supporters to keep fighting for justice.