Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Sarah Candio, Development and Operations Manager, joined IJDH in 2017, managing finance and operations, and now raises funds to support the work BAI and IJDH. She 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. She worked for Partners In Health on their Right to Health Care team, providing logistical and administrative/operations support, and later conducted research within the Haitian Diaspora for their healthcare financing team. In addition to the pursuit of her passion for social justice, she has worked in small business management for more than ten years, where she has gained extensive experience in finance and data systems management. She is fluent in Kreyòl, and is an accredited Department of Justice non-attorney immigration advocate. Read more about Sarah here.
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. Her favorite meal is diri blan, legim, and sos pwa nwa.
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Samantha Berlus, Communications and Development Intern, is currently an undergraduate student at Suffolk University. She is studying Law & Public Policy and is double minoring in Public Relations and Black Studies. As a government major, Samantha recognizes the importance of providing aid to those in need at both domestic and international capacities. She was initially drawn to IJDH because of the focus that they place on human rights in Haiti as well as their commitment to finding viable solutions to address human rights issues that the Haitian people may face. Through this internship, Samantha hopes to expand her knowledge on the complexity of the issues faced within the Haitian community and how to become a stronger advocate for the Haitian people. Along with being fluent in Haitian Creole, Samantha is also learning Spanish and French.
Skylar Brown, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at Tufts University pursuing a dual degree in International Relations and French. She is also a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholar. Her coursework at Tufts has focused on a regional and comparative analysis of the histories and cultures of geographic regions outside the United States, most notably in the Francophone. Skylar’s academic studies and past experiences working in the nonprofit sector have inspired a passion for sustainable development and social justice. She is excited to intern for IJDH because of their extensive work fighting for human rights in the Haitian community. In the future, she would like to use her language skills and experience in community development to continue supporting people from marginalized backgrounds.
Sydney Roach, Communications and Development Intern, is a rising senior at Brown University. She is studying anthropology with an emphasis on health care and development, and is particularly interested in how political, cultural, and environmental factors affect the health and lives of vulnerable populations. As an anthropology major, Sydney is committed to sustainable, grassroots efforts to address systemic inequalities. She is especially interested in the history and politics of the Caribbean region. Sydney is inspired by the Institute’s mission to amplify Haitian voices and hold human rights violators accountable on the international stage, and she is excited to work with IJDH this summer on some of the key issues facing Haitians and Haitian-Americans today.