Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Flag: A Symbol of Global Freedom and Democracy 

May 18 is Flag Day in Haiti, which celebrates 215 years of Haitian leadership in the fight for global freedom and democracy. In fact, Haitians invented the concept of Universal Human Rights: unlike the United States, which proclaimed that “all men are created equal” in 1776 without meaning “all”, and France who asserted “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” for some people in 1789, the Haitians in 1803 extended freedom and rights to everyone. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), we are honored to fight alongside our Haitian partners to advance the promise of universal rights in Haiti and abroad.Together with our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH continues to insist that everyone is obligated to respect Haitians’ rights, including the United Nations, which must take responsibility for its deadly cholera epidemic that has taken 10,000 Haitian lives, and the United States, which must stop discriminating against Haitians in the U.S. […]

Libète ak Jistis | Fight Haitian Immigration Injustice

By Mairin McQueen In January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, displacing millions of Haitians. 60,000 were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to live in the U.S. during recovery. As years passed, however, cholera, hurricanes, and political corruption ravaged Haiti, making it even harder for those displaced to return home. In November 2017, the Trump Administration suddenly canceled Haitian TPS. Now, all 60,000 holders must leave the U.S. by July 22, 2019, or face deportation to Haiti. Watch the video below: Visit www.ijdh.org to find out how to push for permanent solutions and fight unjust immigration policies. Mairin joined IJDH in spring 2018 as a Communications and Development intern and was very involved in immigration advocacy. She is currently attending Boston University and majoring in communication and political science.

Stephen Lewis: The UN’s Broken Promises in Haiti

Stephen Lewis comments on the UN’s failure to live up to its promises in response to Haiti’s cholera crisis. The UN’s inability to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera that its won brought to the country and compensate victims, “It’s a complete travesty,” said AIDS-Free World Stephen Lewis. Watch Lewis’s address below: align=”center” Full video transcription “Please bear with me as I tell you a sad story about the United Nations. It remains and institution to which I am, ideologically committed, but I feel as though that commitment is betrayed with unwelcome regularity. Back on December the 1st, 2016, Ban-Ki Moon, the then Secretary General in the last month of his ten-year tenure, in an unprecedented way, apologized to the people of Haiti for the failure of the United Nations to deal adequately with the cholera epidemic. An epidemic that had […]

BAI & NLG Debut Haiti’s First Legal Observers at May Day Protests

BAI law thesis candidate Peterson Juillet legal observing in Port-Au-Prince, May 1. Credit: Nicole Phillips On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of speech, assembly and due process under the Haitian Constitution and international law, BAI contacted the NLG for support. On Apr. 25, BAI announced their legal observer and protest defense initiative, modeled after the […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH and BAI to Present ‘A Stand Up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    PRESS Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1(617)-816-2815 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) Ashley Armand, Marketing and Development Specialist, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), ashley@ijdh.org, +1(617) 935-5344 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) IJDH and BAI to Present ‘A Stand Up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’ Boston, May 1, 2018– The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) will present “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians Jean-Louis “J-L” Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reginal Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on May 2, 2018. Our host Vladimir Calixte, known as Haitian V, will be using his talents to bring people who care about justice and democracy in Haiti together to laugh while championing a worthy cause. All proceeds will benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti. Joachim, a native of Haiti, who penned a New York Times’ response to President Donald Trump’s criticism […]

Let’s Laugh and Learn How to Make Justice Happen With the Best Haitian Comedians

 Join IJDH & BAI in New York for a Comedy Show Gotham Comedy Club on May 2 When was the last time you laughed until you cried? IJDH has got you covered! We are very excited to announce “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians J-L Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York! Our goal is to bring people who care about justice in Haiti to laugh, learn and support the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s human rights work. Bring your family and friends! You can buy as many tickets as you’d like! If you can’t make it, that’s ok. You can gift your ticket to a friend living in the New York Metropolitan area. We would love to […]

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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries: info@ijdh.org
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