Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Mario Joseph, avocat, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haïti) (français, kreyol, English)  Sienna Merope-Synge, attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, +1-917-864-6901 / +509-4875-3444 (Haïti) (English, français, kreyol) Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations Port-au-Prince, November 6, 2017 – Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims welcomed UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy on Haiti Josette Sheeran’s meeting with a group of victims this weekend as a positive first step towards respecting Haitians’ dignity and right to consultation. The meeting between Ms. Mohammed, Ms. Sheeran and five cholera victims took place on Saturday 4 November at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the legal office that has led the fight for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, as part of the UN high-level delegation’s […]

As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): sienna@ijdh.org; +509-4875-3444 As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims (Boston, Port-au-Prince, November 2, 2017) — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims insist that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announced “new partnership” with Haiti will only help Haiti if accompanied by real action  to raise the $400 million in funds promised by the UN, and a partnership that provides the victims a meaningful opportunity for input. The Secretary-General announced the initiative in a Miami Herald op-ed, ahead of the UN Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to Haiti on Friday, November 3rd.  The Secretary-General notes that a major focus of the trip will be follow-up on the UN’s commitments to a “New Approach to Cholera […]

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