Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Yes, We Are Winning the Fight for Social Justice and Equality in Haiti

 Dear friends,I am writing this letter to thank you for standing with me and my community when we need you the most. If there is a time in my life I can dare to say to my fellow Haitians that better days are ahead of them, it is today.When Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom I called my adoptive father was illegally arrested from 2004-2006 after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, I knew that I had to fight for his freedom. We had an uphill battle because a brutal and illegal government ruled Haiti, using the justice system as a tool of repression. In Haiti we were protesting against Fr. Jean-Juste’s arbitrary arrest while in the United States you were doing your part through donations to Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats […]

Justice Happens When We Stand Together

Dear Friends,Times are tough for those of us who care about justice in our world. But the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) were built for tough times, and so are you. You are a vital part of the network of supporters that have won “impossible” victories for the Haitian people for over two decades:  ✓ Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had the support of Haiti’s President and prosecutors, but in 2014 the Appeals Court declared in our case that Duvalier must stand trial, thus showing tyrants that they could be pursued as long as necessary; ✓ Haiti had one of the world’s weakest judiciaries, but our Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000 was hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecutions ever in the Americas.            Will you consider a year-end gift to help us keep […]

Will Butler of Arcade Fire for IJDH

Dear Friend, My day job is playing in a rock and roll band, and through my travels in the last decade I’ve been incredibly lucky to witness the work of IJDH. I’ve seen them work to hold the UN accountable for its role in spreading cholera in Haiti, representing those who were (and still are!) directly harmed. After six long years—thanks to their advocacy and legal work—the UN apologized and promised a renewed fight against cholera. And now I see IJDH still working to make the UN live up to its apology, and fund its promises to eradicate cholera and compensate the victims. I’ve also met up with IJDH and made late night phone calls to Congress from the bar Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. I’ve danced with their lawyers at the Hotel Florita in Haiti after the Kanaval parade […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ten Mothers of 11 Children Abandoned by UN Peacekeepers Bring a legal action to Recover Child Support and Establish Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    PRESS Contact:  Mario Joseph, Managing Lawyer, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +509-4645-2888 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody Port-au-Prince, December 11, 2017 – After having been impregnated and abandoned by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers, ten Haitian women brought claims for child support and to establish custody against the fathers with a Court of First Instance in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. One of the mothers was 17 years old when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law. The soldiers have since returned to Uruguay, Argentina, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, leaving the women to care for the children without support. The petitioners seek a legal order in accordance with international and Haitian law, including a Haitian Decree of September 14, 1983 that authorizes […]

Haiti’s Cholera Victims Call on UNSG Antonio Guterres to Act One Year after UN’s Apology

The United Nations peacekeepers sparked the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic in Haiti, killing at least 10,000 people and infecting 800,000. The epidemic continues to this day. On December 1, 2016, the UN finally apologized for its role and launched a new plan to eliminate cholera and assist its victims. One year later, victims are still waiting for the UN to honor its promises.

Join the Team as a Volunteer Coordinator and Let’s Make Justice Happen

IJDH Volunteer Coordinator Internship Start Date: Immediate Opening Application Deadline: Rolling Basis About Us IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with BAI to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with routinely excellent legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. IJDH is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy and […]

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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
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Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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