Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

 Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Staff

Boston, MA

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:

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:

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 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 Art from Loyola University New Orleans, School of Mass Communication. Wadner has been working as a photojournalist for the past ten years. 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:

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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. Addtionally, Ashley specializes in Marketing, Community Leadership and Philanthropy. Ashley is fluent in Kreyòl, English and speaks intermediate French. Contact:

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Administrative Interns

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 1.01.03 PMNicole Hajek, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at Boston University studying Health Science. She is passionate about healthcare and human rights, which stems from her many years of volunteer work with non-profits and underrepresented populations. From her undergraduate curriculum, she has become fascinated with global health and interested in improving conditions in developing countries. Nicole’s service learning trip to India 2016 has solidified her interest and desire to contribute to global health. Contact:

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Sean Huguenard, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at UMass Boston studying Community Development, concentrating on Economic Development. His interest in economic development comes from his experiences as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. There, he encountered firsthand the living and economic conditions of people in developing countries struggling with conflict and environmental challenges. Sean hopes to go on to working in developing countries and assist in sustainable economic development, as well as matters of migration and remittances. Contact:

McQueen Headshot 2018Mairin McQueen, Communications and Development Intern, is a sophomore at Boston University from Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing Dual Degrees in Political Science and Film and Television. Mairin has a strong interest in human rights and international law and hopes to use documentary filmmaking to help human rights causes globally. She looks forward to helping make an impact at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. 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:

Jane_SiphraJane Tampubolon, Communications and Development Intern, is a junior MCPHS University student majoring in Pre-med and minoring in Public Health, with a focus on global health. She is currently in the process of applying to medical school to pursue her career to become a medical doctor. For the past three years Jane has  been traveling to developing countries in different parts of the world to do medical campaigns. From these experiences, she learned that it is her task to give back and fight for human rights for those who are less fortunate. In addition, she has also been heavily involved in fighting the Opioid Epidemic through research and campaigns. Contact:

 Adeline Tavarez, Communications and Development Intern, is currently studying political science at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She was a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, which allowed her to spend a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Through her different service immersion trips and volunteer work, Adeline has developed a passion for human rights. Additionally, in her personal life, she is a dog lover and very family oriented.  Contact: 


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Boston, MA 02116

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