Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

 Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Staff

Boston, MA

Screen Shot 2017-12-11 at 3.51.10 PMSarah Candio, Operations Manager, began working with Haitians in 2008, while in graduate school at Harvard where she studied Theology and focused in existential anthropology and human rights. Challenging herself to be part of the solution, she engaged, and has worked with Haitians, both in Boston and in Haiti, ever since. After graduation, she worked for Partners In Health on their Right to Health Care team, providing logistical and administrative/operations support and to access critical surgical intervention for sick children in Haiti. Later, she worked for PIH again, conducting health care financing research with the Haitian Diaspora. In addition to the pursuit of her passion for social justice, she has worked in small business management for almost ten years, where she has gained extensive experience in finance and data systems management. She is fluent in Kreyol, and is an accredited Department of Justice non-attorney immigration advocate. Contact:

Bet­sey Chace, Development Director, first joined IJDH as a volunteer in 2011.  She has handled IJDH finance and operations, and focuses now on raising funds to support the work of BAI and IJDH. She has 20 years of social justice and social service experience, including finance work at Partners In Health, grants and financial management at the Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal Divi­sion of Global Health Equity and pro­gram coor­di­na­tion at the Mass­a­chu­setts Office for Refugees and Immi­grants. Betsey holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Man­age­ment and a BA in East Asian Stud­ies from Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity. She has lived and worked in China, Mozam­bique and Brazil.  She is flu­ent in Portuguese, used to speak Man­darin and French and has learned some Kreyol. Contact:

Renee Metelus, Communications and Development Coordinator, started at IJDH as an intern after graduating from Boston University with a B.A. in sociology and international relations. Her main areas of interest are the sociology of nonprofits and the intersection of dignity, sustainable development and human rights. She has extensive experience working in educational advocacy, immigrant empowerment, and youth development. She has a passion for languages and is fluent in Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. In the future, she hopes to use her language skills to support community-led development and share Haitian history with the world.

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Interns

Victoria Gao, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at Boston University, pursuing a degree in Health Science and minoring in Public Health. With her last semester here in Boston, she wanted to make her mark on the world. She is an active member of alpha Kappa Delta Phi and  have held many event-planning and finance positions. She believe these experiences will aid her in becoming the perfect intern here at IJDH. She applied as an intern for IJDH because advocating for human rights was something that she always wanted to do. She has also learned a great deal about Haiti and is aware of their past and current situations. Haitians deserve better and she believes that IJDH will give them that. Contact:

Jennifer Ihenetu, Communications and Development Intern, is currently a Global Healthcare Management BSc. 2019 candidate, minoring in Business Management at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston MA. During the course of her studies, she worked as a counselor for a various non-profit organizations like Vinfen Corporation, and as a certified nursing assistant for Hebrew Senior Life specializing in geriatric care and rehabilitation.  She also volunteers as part of the gala planning committee for FACE Africa; a Cambridge based non-profit organization aimed at providing access to clean water and sanitary and hygiene programs to remote communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her experience working with various non-profit and healthcare services organizations has further enhanced her interests and passion in public health. She is fluent in Igbo and strong adherent of classical rap and hip hop music. Contact:

Profith Ihenetu, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences pursuing a dual-degree in Global Healthcare Management and Business Management Minor. Profith works part-time alongside college – for a non-profit organization to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with their daily living. This work further helped him develop a deep passion for human rights, healthcare management and administration. With his level of experience, and training from IJDH- he hopes to make good contributions as a communications and development intern towards promoting good justice and care for the Haitian people. Contact:


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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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