Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

 Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Staff

Boston, MA

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Ashley Armand, Marketing and Development Specialist, is a Haitian- American human rights advocate. Ashley received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology – minoring in Theoretical and Applied Ethics from Brigham Young University.  While pursuing her Bachelors, Ashley provided her expertise in sociological research for professors both at her Alma Mater and Boston University under a fellowship grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ashley collaborates with several non-profits- leading strategic discussions, legislative advocacy and media advocacy in efforts to improve lives in Haiti. A majority of Ashley’s work involves research, policy advocacy and advocating for fair immigration policy with the Haitian Diaspora in the Boston Community. Additionally, Ashley specializes in Marketing, Community Leadership and Philanthropy. Ashley is fluent in Kreyòl and speaks moderate French. Contact:

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:

WadnerPierreWadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, is an award-winning photojournalist and a native of Haiti. Wadner worked as a Media Specialist for the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) from 2006-2008 while living in Haiti. He received a Master of Science in International Relations from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK – and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans, School of Mass Communication with a focus on photojournalism. Wadner has been working as a photojournalist for the past decade. His work was featured in national and international outlets such as Inter Press Service-North America (IPS), The Maroon, Gambit (a New Orleans-based weekly newspaper), and in Margaret Trost’s book, On that Day Everybody. Additionally, Wadner is a Social Media and Web Specialist, and a foreign affairs enthusiast. Besides participating in international workshops on diplomacy and global affairs, he received two certificates from London-based think tank Global Diplomatic Forum (GDF); he is a contributing writer for the GDF blog, Diplomatic Digest; actively contributes to the GDF social media platforms. Contact:

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Interns

Bryan Cleveland, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at Tufts University, studying International Relations and French, while minoring in music. He has an interest in learning about other cultures as well as in human rights advocacy and sustainable development. He plans to use his passions for French, teaching, and music to work with immigrants and marginalized populations around the world.


unnamedJosee Matela, Communications and Development Intern, is a junior at Boston University, pursuing a dual-degree in Journalism and International Relations. She has dedicated her work to catalyzing global dialogue through storytelling. She produces a local daily news broadcast while serving as a communication intern at Boston University School of Law. In the future, Josee hopes to use narrative as a medium to enforce accountability and build bridges across borders. Contact:


unnamedRenee Metelus, Communications and Development Intern, is a recent graduate of Boston University with degrees in sociology and international relations, concentrating in development in Latin America and the Caribbean. During her studies, she worked for Americorps’ Jumpstart for Young Children program, the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers, and as an English and citizenship tutor for immigrants in the hospitality industry. Her experience in the empowerment organization on campus and as part of the global development community at BU has deepened her interests in social justice, human rights, urban education, and sustainable development policy. She has a passion for languages and understands Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. Contact:

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 2.23.04 PM James Rasaiah,  IJDH Volunteer, started volunteering with IJDH soon after arriving in the United States. He has a background in international development, having completed his postgraduate education back in the United Kingdom, and has a number of years experience working in the non-profit sector to deliver development projects to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. He has previously conducted field work in Thailand, Iraq and Kosovo, and is now hoping to utilize these skills in furthering the campaigns and causes promoted by IJDH and BAI. Contact:


Contact IJDH

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

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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