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. […]

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 […]

Haitian Organization Kouraj Says: ‘Homophobia Has Only Gotten Worst Since the 2010 Earthquake’

Homophobia has long been a problem in Haiti, and staff at Kouraj (a LGBT rights organization focused on improving treatment towards LGBT people in Haiti) say it’s only gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake. Chachou Jean Francois, a transgender group leader and youth educator at Kouraj, is the arrival of foreign evangelicals imposing their views. After the 2010 earthquake, many of the organizations that rushed to Haiti to help were christian evangelical groups. It is   widely believed in Haiti’s LGBT community that Christian fundamentalism spread, along with anti-LGBT sentiment.   Read More HERE. Why it’s gotten harder for LGBT people in Haiti since the earthquake By Amy Bracken, February 6, 2018 The name of Haiti’s most prominent LGBT rights organization is Kouraj (Haitian Creole for courage) — with good reason. The group’s headquarters have moved three times after attacks. The current office is […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 816-2815 IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) would like to thank the Haitian people for the privilege of joining their struggle for justice over the last fourteen years.  Haitians founded the modern human rights movement when they abolished slavery in 1804— before any other country. The first Black Republic provided critical support to anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles in the United States, Latin American countries and many others. Haitians continue to be a model and an inspiration for the human rights movement, as they fight for justice, sovereignty and human rights on a daily basis with principle, compassion and courage. On the eighth anniversary of […]

UN’s Disastrous Legacy in Haiti – Edwidge Danticat

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, established in June of 2004, has finally come to an end after thirteen long years. MINUSTAH was established to create a “secure and stable environment” in Haiti, which was viewed as a threat to international peace and security in the region.” However, instead of pacifying the nation, MINUSTAH acted as “a continuous military operation in a country in which there was no war.” In addition to killing, injuring and raping Haitian citizens, United Nations peacekeepers also caused the cholera epidemic which has claimed thousands of Haitian lives. The UN has yet to alleviate the trauma it has caused Haiti. Meanwhile, the institution has replaced MINUSTAH with a smaller version, MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), aimed at helping the Haitian government strengthen its institutions and police force. The evidence […]

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Senate’s $12M to Assist Cholera Victims in Haiti

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $12 million for the United Nations’ trust fund to assist cholera victims. Though the Trump Administration opposes the funding, it will be delivered if we convince the House of Representatives to keep it in the final Appropriations Bill. There’s no better time to tell your Representative in Washington that HE/SHE should care about Haiti. Call your Rep today, tell HIM/HER to support the Senate Appropriations Committee $12 million to fund the U.N.’s  New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to prevent more Haitians dying from the disease. Let’s make justice happen, one phone call at a time.   Its easy! Here’s how: 1. Call your Rep’s line, or the switchboard (202) 224-3121, with your Rep’s name or your zip code. 2. Leave a voicemail message. Start with your name and city/state, so they know you […]

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