Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Staff

Boston, MA


Jana Brown, Operations Manager, prior to joining the organization, held positions at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, she supported research portfolios related to transitional justice, nonviolent social movements, technology and ethics, and smart cities. As an experienced human rights professional, Jana has worked closely with numerous international organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. Jana is fluent in English, French, and Vietnamese, and holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs and French. Contact: jana@ijdh.org


Administrative Interns


IMG_5129.jpegEllie Murphy, Intern, is currently studying International Relations and Sociology with interests in globalization and human rights advocacy at Tufts University. She examines these subjects by analyzing both the development of international law and different forms of humanitarian aid. At Tufts, Ellie is involved in Women in International Relations, Amnesty International, and the Big Sister program. Ellie hopes to pursue a career in human rights after college, potentially in the legal field. During her time at IJDH, Ellie will be managing our social media platforms, developing an advocacy calendar that will highlight important dates IJDH should recognize, and conducting an independent research project. Contact: ellen@ijdh.org


IMG_4671.JPGAshley Coyne, Intern, is a current master’s student at New York University’s Institute of French Studies and holds a B.A. in French Literature and Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Puget Sound. She has a long-standing interest in Haitian studies that she looks  forward to cultivating further over the course of her tenure at IJDH. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her research skills in a non-academic setting and to collaborate with other like-minded individuals committed to administering justice in Haiti. She also appreciates the opportunity that her work with IJDH will provide to grow her French language and translation skills in a professional setting. Contact: ashley@ijdh.org


Catherine Chang, Intern, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science and Economics and wrote her honors thesis on sexual violence in civil conflict. She is interested in international human rights, conflict, and law, and has experience working on research projects related to interstate cooperation, counterinsurgency and peace processes, and international human rights violations at the UC Berkeley Political Science Department and Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center. In her local community, she has volunteered with organizations serving communities facing homelessness. Catherine is excited to work with IJDH to help advocate for and defend human rights through empowerment and sustainability. Contact: catherine@ijdh.org


Winston Ardoin, Intern, is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University focusing on social identity, post-colonial development, and human rights in Latin America and Africa. His previous work includes serving as a Refugee Reception & Resettlement Intern with the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, providing pro-bono consulting services to global nonprofits as a member of Georgetown Global Consulting, and supporting local startups as an International Cooperation Intern with Corporación Ruta N in Medellín, Colombia. This year, he is completing a thesis studying the role of liberation theology in social movements and democratization in the Americas. During his time at IJDH, Winston will be creating a media highlights database and dashboard, collaborating with Steve to update our Haiti Asylum Information Project, and conducting an independent research project. Contact: winston@ijdh.org

IMG_4227.JPGMadelyn MacArthur, Intern, is a Senior undergraduate student at Texas A&M University college station pursuing Bachelors of Arts in English and Communication. She intends to start law school in Nashville in the Fall of 2021 and is especially interested in fair housing policy and advocacy. She has previously worked for the Texas Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center at Texas A&M, helping industrial facilities in the state maximize energy efficiency and decrease waste. Contact: madelyn@ijdh.org


Past Administrative Interns



Hamza Mankor, Intern, is a junior at Williams College majoring in a self-designed Critical Theory track while pursuing Arabic and French certificates. His concentration is in postcolonial theory; critical race, gender, and indigeneity studies; Africana philosophy; and social justice. His Moroccan heritage and first-generation identity have inspired his interests, and the former shaped his current independent study course researching the intersections and intellectual exchange between the Caribbean and the Maghreb. After completing his undergraduate degree, he hopes to conduct research abroad upon issues of epistemology, migration, and diaspora before attending law school and advocating against global violations of human rights. He is delighted at the opportunity to work with the IJDH and participate more concretely in advocacy work. Contact: hamza@ijdh.org


Taleah Pierre-Louis, Intern, is a current junior at Boston College double majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development & African and African Diaspora Studies on the Pre-Law track. Her interests include Haitian cultural studies, black feminist scholarship, education, intersectionality, and human rights issues. As a first-generation Haitian American, Taleah finds it important for Haiti’s prominent narratives to change from what current mainstream media depicts the country as. Taleah’s previous work includes fulfilling tasks for the Haitian Studies Association in 2019. She also is currently a junior board member for KOSANBA (Congress of Santa Barbara). Taleah’s career goals are to work towards reform in Haiti’s education system and pursue advocacy work.  Contact: taleah@ijdh.org


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: maria@ijdh.org

Contact IJDH

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

Telephone: (857)-201-0991
General Inquiries: info@ijdh.org
Media Inquiries: media@ijdh.org