Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Albert J. KanebAlbert J. Kaneb, Co-Chair, is a resident of Weston, Massachusetts and a Cornell ’60 graduate and Trustee Emeritus.  His business interest in the past 28 years has been Barnstable Broadcasting, a family owned group of radio stations in mid-sized markets.  His primary charitable activity is supporting community-based direct service projects, which treat individuals in poverty who suffer from AIDS, malaria, TB and other treatable diseases in resource-poor settings.  Other interests include prison reform and social justice.  He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of Partners in Health, which provides direct medical support to people in Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, and Russia.  Al and his wife of 52 years, Diane, have 4 children and 18 grandchildren.

Sen.Linda-Dorcena-ForryLinda Dorcena Forry was a Massachusetts State Senator from 2013–2018. She is a native Bostonian and was the first woman and person of color to represent the Commonwealth’s 1st Suffolk District. For almost two decades, former Senator Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service. She chaired the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, the Joint Committee on Housing and the Special Senate Committee on Housing. Mrs. Forry served as a member of the Joint Committees on Transportation; on Education; on Mental Health & Substance Abuse, and on Health Care Financing. Additionally, she served as the Senate Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Mrs. Forry was Massachusetts’ only Haitian-American elected official. She remains committed to rallying former colleagues, elected officials, advocates, and immigrant groups across the state on issues significant to ethnic communities.

Karen Head ShotKaren Keating Ansara and her husband Jim make grants to end global poverty from the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation.  After the 2010 earthquake, they co-founded the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, now led by an Advisory Council of Haitian Americans and experts in international development.  Karen chairs the Steering Committee of New England International Donors (NEID), serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners in Health in Boston, the Board of Directors of MicroCredit Enterprises in California, and two boards north of Boston.  Karen is a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America and serves on the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration, a four-day business retreat for funders and practitioners ending global poverty.  Karen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, a M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, and is a graduate of The Philanthropy Workshop West in the Bay Area. Karen and Jim are parents of five children ages 16-21 in Essex, MA

FQFran Quigley is a clinical professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic. Students in the Health and Human Rights Clinic advocate for the rights of the poor, with a special focus on representing low-wage workers. He is the author of Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight against HIV/AIDS (Indiana University Press, 2009) and How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Lawyers, the Activists, and the Grassroots Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, forthcoming 2014), which profiles the work of IJDH and BAI. Fran has served as the executive director of ACLU of Indiana and as a public defender and civil rights attorney. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ellen and  their three children, Sam, Katie, and Jack.

MaryWhiteMary H. White, M.D. is an infectious diseases physician who conducts medical evaluations of persons seeking asylum in the United States for persecution or torture in their home country at the Global Health Program of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has joined advocacy groups at the Department of Homeland Security to improve health conditions and standards in U.S. detention centers, and she has delivered medical care in Haiti.

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