Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are a partnership of Haitian and US human rights advocates. We support the Haitian people in their struggle to achieve universal human rights, access to a just legal system, social justice, a society without violence, and the right to participate fully in choosing their government. Using models like the US civil rights movement, we are active in the courts, both in Haiti and internationally, in the streets and in poor neighborhoods. We work in partnership with grassroots movements, to transform the structural injustices that stand in the way of stability and prosperity for the majority of Haitians.
What We Do
IJDH works with grassroots groups in Haiti to help develop an effective human rights advocacy program with global outreach. In the U.S., IJDH collaborates with grassroots organizations, including faith-based, solidarity, development, and humanitarian organizations to coordinate advocacy on human rights in Haiti, and networks with solidarity and Haitian Diaspora activists throughout the world. Our work seeks to change the international environment that allows such massive disrespect for social, economic, civil and political rights to flourish.
Document Human Rights Violations & Disseminate Accurate Information
The Institute gathers information on human rights violations in Haiti, and relays it to the international human rights community, media and grassroots groups.We work closely with others investigating human rights in Haiti, and provide training and analysis to individuals and organizations interested in Haiti, including visiting delegations.Our long collaboration with Haitian grassroots groups and our legal experience in Haiti allows us to provide consistent, credible information and analysis. Our documentation is routinely used by advocates and decision makers, and we are often cited in the press. Shining a sharp spotlight on human rights abusers and their foreign support provides protection to potential victims and empowers pro-democracy advocates in Haiti.
Pursue Legal Claims in Haiti and Abroad
IJDH helps victims of human rights violations pursue cases in national and international courts. In Haiti, its lawyers represent political prisoners and persecuted journalists, and document cases of murder, torture and destruction of property. Outside Haiti we help prepare cases for international courts and assist in civil litigation in the U.S. This work aims to stop current human rights violations, deter future human rights violations and obtain compensation for victims of past violations.
IJDH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.