Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Staff

Boston, MA

Renée Metelus, Communications and Development Coordinator, started at IJDH as an intern after graduating from Boston University, where she studied sociology and international relations. During her undergraduate years, she worked at the state office of the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers, which sparked her interest in educational advocacy. From there, she served as a team leader and corps member at Americorps’ Jumpstart for Young Children an early childhood education organization that aims to promote equitable education for students in under-resourced preschools. During her time in both organizations, she further developed her passion for empowering migrants and minorities. Renee is fluent in Haitian Creole, Spanish and Portuguese. Contact:


Administrative Interns

Samantha Berlus, Intern, is a rising senior at Suffolk University majoring in Law & Public Policy and double minoring in Public Relations and Black Studies. Throughout this summer, Samantha has also been working as a campaign fellow for Ed Markey’s Senate election, where she is focused on gaining the support of citizens of the Malden community, which is her hometown. This will be Samantha’s second summer interning for IJDH, as she is very committed to upholding IJDH’s values and objectives in regard to international advocacy work. As a Haitian-American herself, she hopes to use the work that she does with IJDH to help change misconceptions and stigmas that many people may hold about Haiti. After earning her undergraduate degree, Samantha hopes to pursue a joint degree in law and public policy in the hopes of continuing international social justice and advocacy work.  Contact:

Maria Soraghan, Intern, joined IJDH in the summer of 2020 as a rising senior at Simmons University. She is an eager student studying International Relations and Economics with a passion for advocacy. She recently completed a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she conducted research with the Government Department. This research focused on the role of citizens in EU politics and the need for bottom-up change in order to democratize the Union further. Maria has also been interning for WONDER Foundation out of London, UK since March of 2020. WONDER is a non-profit that supports women’s education and employment in low-income countries and among marginalized populations. Maria’s interests lie in gender and development as well as human rights advocacy work. She is excited to intern for IJDH because of their multi-faceted and victim centered approach to empowerment. In the future, Maria hopes to get a Master’s degree in Development and continue to work for grassroots organizations. Contact:

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
867 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (857)-201-0991
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