Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York Provides Free Clinical Service to Haitian-TPS Holders

Following the announcement of  Department of Homeland Security’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension for Haiti, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) has been holding free clinics in Flatbush, NY, to help Haitians renew their TPS. The Association has also assisted participants in finding Haitian Creole-speaking immigration attorneys statewide. Full Article HERE  Haitian Bar Association hosts clinics for those in danger of losing temporary protected status Rob Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle  July 13, 2017 Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) have been hard at work this summer as they have held a pair of temporary protected status (TPS) renewal clinics in Flatbush this summer to help Haitian immigrants who are in danger of losing their status. The first of these events was held at the YMCA in Flatbush last month and another was held this past weekend at […]

U.N. Wants to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to Haiti’s Cholera Fund

The United Nations said that it will ask Member States to voluntarily transfer their share of the MINUSTAH’s unspent money to the Haiti cholera fund to assist the victims of cholera. In 92 days, the U.N. will close its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission on October 16th. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to add pressure to the  U.N. so that they can respect the promise they made to Haitian people. Read Full Article HERE UN asks countries to shift $40m to Haiti cholera fund, World UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said Thursday it will ask countries to voluntarily hand over $40.5 million remaining from the budget of the soon-to-close mission in Haiti to help victims of cholera in the Caribbean country. The General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing a proposal from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who is facing a major shortfall in the $400 million […]

U.N. Can and Must Deliver on its Promise to Haitian People

In less than three months, the United Nations will close its controversial 13-year peacekeeping mission known as MINUSTAH. The U.N.’s mission in Haiti has been plagued by a series of controversies ranging from cholera to sexual abuse. After six years of denying its role in the cholera epidemic that has killed 10, 000 Haitians and sickened over 800, 000, the U.N. finally apologized to people of Haiti. Nearly eight months since then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the New Approach, the victims of cholera are still waiting on U.N. to deliver on its promises, meanwhile the disease continues to kill at least one Haitian every day. Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the full Op-ED HERE. U.N. continues to stumble — badly — in Haiti By Lauren Carasik, Miami Herald April 12, 2017 […]

From MINUSTAH to MINUJUSTH, Where Is Justice for the Victims of Cholera?

Sadly, when the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti last week, the cholera issue was excluded from its agenda. But victims of cholera, which was introduced by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers from Nepal, and cholera advocates organized many demonstrations demanding that the U.N. keep the promises it made last year to the Haitian people. Mario Joseph of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) urged the U.N. to fulfill its promises by compensating victims of cholera individually and assisting in building infrastructure to prevent another cholera outbreak before the end of MINUSTAH’s controversial 13-year mission in Haiti. Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the full editorial HERE in French. Editorial: De la MINUSTAH à la MINUJUSTH sans dédommager les parents des victimes Par Lemoine Bonneau, Le Nouvelliste June 26,  2017 La délégation du Conseil de […]

U.N. Will have to Deal with ‘Legal Challenges and Public Relations Nightmares’ Until it Delivers on its Promises

Following the United Nations Security Council’s visit to Haiti last week, public pressure on the U.N. to fund cholera elimination efforts has risen sharply. Yesterday, The New York Times published a piece chronicling the organization’s failure to fund cholera eradication efforts. Beatrice Lindstrom, an IJDH staff lawyer, summed up the U.N.’s current predicament: “Until the U.N. makes good on its promise to fund cholera elimination and remedies for victims, it will keep having to contend with legal challenges and public relations nightmares.” Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. Brought Cholera to Haiti. Now It Is Fumbling Effort to Atone. Rick Gladstone, The New York Times June 26, 2017 Even as the United Nations expresses growing alarm over […]

Broken Promise for Individual Reparations to Cholera Victims Continues U.N. Injustices

For six years, the United Nations denied responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has killed +10,000 Haitians. The organization ignored victims, rejected scientific reports, hid behind a broad immunity clause and, until the very end of 2016, refused to admit moral or legal responsibility. Then-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s acknowledgement of the U.N.’s role in the epidemic, and subsequent announcement of the “New Approach” for cholera remedies and prevention in Haiti, sparked hope that it would finally take steps to remedy past injustices.  As the cholera death toll continues to rise and victims struggle to overcome significant financial burdens, Haiti cannot afford for the U.N. to stall, deflect and distract from its broken promises. It is #time2deliver. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. UN is breaking […]

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