Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

June 29, 2016 – Boston, MA

Join the Irish International Immigrant Center for a screening and discussion of short films made by Haitians during a training and production process led by Boston-based Community Supported Film. Haitian documentary filmmakers, with backgrounds in journalism, theater and poetry, provide a unique opportunity to experience Haiti as it is lived by street vendors, business women, artists, farmers and more. Their stories nourish an understanding of Haiti that goes beyond the western media’s focus on crises and disasters.

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6-8:30pm

Where: Irish International Immigrant Center, 100 Franklin Street , Lower Level, Boston, MA 02110 (Door on 201 Devonshire Street)

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sarah Chapple-Sokol at 617-542-7654 extension 36 or sarahcs@iiicenter.org.

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June 29, 2016 – Boston, MA

Patisipe nan yon reyinyon ki gen rapò ak imigrasyon. | Attend a special information session on immigration.

Ki lè | When: Wednesday June 29 at 5pm

Ki kote | Where: Kay Pam, 6 Livingston Street Dorchester, MA 02124

Klike ISI pou plis enfòmasyon. | Click HERE for more information.

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June 8, 2016 – Newcastle, UK

Hear from renowned author Junot Diaz about the conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in a lecture entitled “I will build a great wall”: Immigration and Xenophobia in the Age of Disruption. This public lecture is part of the larger ¡Vamos! Festival 2016.

When: Wednesday, June 8 5:30-7pm

Where: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building of Newcastle University NE1 7RU, United Kingdom.

Click HERE for more information.

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May 26, 2016 – Boston, MA

Attend the 11th annual Haitian Heritage Celebration in the Massachusetts State House, hosted by Senator (and new IJDH Board member) Linda Dorcena Forry. It will feature music from local artists and delicious Haitian food.

When: Thursday, May 26 1-2:30pm

Where: Massachusetts State House

Click HERE for the flyer.

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May 18, 2016 – North Miami, FL

Celebrate the rich culture of Haiti through dance, music, and dramatic performances to celebrate Haitian Flag Day. Enjoy live entertainment by Zenglen, performing the latest hits in Haitian Compas. Free admission.

When:  Wednesday, May 18 at 5pm

Where: Museum of Contemporary Arts Plaza, 770 NE 125th St. North Miami, FL

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May 18, 2016 – Providence, RI

Celebrate 212 years of Haitian independence with The New Bridges for Haitian Success, Inc.

When: Wednesday, May 18 11am-1pm

Where: Rhode Island State House: 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903

Click HERE for more info or to RSVP.

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May 15, 2016 – Boston, MA

Walk in Haitian-Americans United, Inc.’s 16th annual Haitian American Unity Parade down Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.

When: Sunday, May 15 departing at 1pm

Where: Beginning at Mattapan Square and ending at Talbot Avenue

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May 14, 2016 – North Miami, FL

Love Haitian food and Caribbean cuisine? There will be plenty of it at the annual Taste of Haiti food festival, which celebrates Haitian culinary and culture with food for sale from multiple food vendors. The Top Chef Cook-Off features celebrity trainer ‘The Naked Chef’ Jaques Laventure and Chef Irie of the PBS ‘Taste of Island’ cooking show along with celebrity chef judges Ron Duprat from Bravo’s TV Top Chef and Chef Amadeus from Extreme Chef. This is a free family friendly event with music by Dj Nicky Mix and hosted by Haitian poet Mecca aka Grimmo along with live performances.

When: Saturday, May 14 3-9pm

Where: Museum of Contemporary Arts Plaza, 770 NE 125th St. North Miami, FL

Click HERE for more info.

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May 13, 2016 – Boston, MA

Attend Boston’s 21st Annual Haitian Flag Day Ceremony. See the Haitian flag raised in front of City Hall with comments from several Boston City Councilors.

When: Friday, May 13 12-2pm

Where: Boston City Hall Plaza

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May 7, 2016 – Bridgeport, CT

Enjoy a night of entertainment, art, culture, tradition and history at the Pilgrim Hall Theatre.

When: May 7 at 6pm

Where: Pilgrim Hall Theatre, 877 Park Ave Bridgeport, CT

More information on the event and RSVP HERE.

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May 7, 2016 – Newton, MA

Attend the 5th Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health, with this year’s theme being “Still We Rise: Religion, Spirituality and Well-Being in the Haitian Community.” This conference can be counted towards CE Credits. From noon to 1:30pm will also be the opening reception of the 5th Annual Haitian Art Exhibition.

When: Saturday, May 7 9am – 5pm

Where: William James College, 1 Wells Avenue Newton, MA 02459

Click HERE for info on how to register.

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May 2, 2016 – Ottawa, Canada

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present: Reclaiming the Blue Helmet: Canada’s Role in Peacekeeping and UN Accountability.

The event will be bilingual. Refreshments will be served.

This panel brings together experts in UN, Haitian and Canadian policy. Drawing on lessons from Haiti, the panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities, with a view to promoting public discussion and informing policy that should guide the government as it moves forward in re-asserting Canada’s traditional role as a leader in peacekeeping.

Speakers:
– Mario JOSEPH | Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)
– Beatrice LINDSTROM | Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
– Stephen LEWIS | Co-Director, AIDS-Free World
– Peggy MASON | President, Rideau Institute

When: Monday, May 2 at 5-7pm

Where: Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Fauteaux Hall, FTK147, 57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa

RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca

Click HERE for more information.

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April 22, 2016 – Cambridge, MA

Meet Frantz Derenoncourt Jr., author of the new book, Haiti: The First Black Republic. Frantz will discuss his adaptation of the powerful tale of the Haitian Revolution for youth audiences in the first children’s book on the topic. The book seeks to inspire young people to be more engaged with their history, familiarizing them with revolutionary figures like Macandal, Boukman, Toussaint and more!

When: Friday, April 22 10-11:30am

Where: Ticknor Lounge, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

Click HERE for more info, and to RSVP.

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April 16, 2016 – Boston, MA

Join Medicine Wheel for the closing reception of the “On the Line” exhibition, a performance by Haitian storyteller Charlot Lucien, and a Q&A session.

When: Saturday, April 16 5 to 7:30pm

Where: 110 K Street, which is at the corner of K Street and East First Street in South Boston, MA 02127

Click HERE for more information.

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April 13, 2016  – Milan, Italy

Franco Angeli Bookshop invites  you to the presentation of the book “Come Schiavi in Libertà” (Like Slaves in Freedom) by Raùl Zecca Castel. During the event, the documentary that portrays the living and working conditions of Haitians working in the sugar cane plantation in the Dominican Republic will be shown.

When: Wednesday, April 13 at 5pm

Where: Bookshop Franco Angeli – Bicocca, Viale Dell’Innovazione 11 (in front of Teatro degli Arcimboldi), Milan, Italy

For more information (in Italian) click HERE.

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March 31, 2016 – Miami, FL

Participate in a keynote conversation with author Edwidge Danticat. Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying tells the true story of the author’s uncle and father as they work to build a future for themselves and their families—one brother in Haiti and the other in America. When the book opens, the author is a grown woman living in Miami, and she learns, over the course of a single day, that her father is dying and that she is pregnant with her first child. Just weeks later, her beloved Uncle Joseph seeks asylum in the United States and experiences brutal treatment. Told through Danticat’s singular voice, these events set the stage for a powerful tale of loss and remembrance.

When: Thursday, March 31 7-8:30pm

Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137, Miami, FL 33132

Click HERE for more related events.

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March 24, 2016 – Salem, MA

Join this Community Conversation on immigration, looking at the question: What are the perils and promise of our growing Haitian community. The featured speaker will be Charlot Lucien, Boston Haitian reporter, presenter on BNN-TV, and well-known Haitian storyteller and artist.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 6pm

Where: The House of Seven Gables Visitor Center: 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA

Click HERE for more information.

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March 3, 2016 – conference call

We had a remarkable hearing at the Second Circuit court of appeals Tuesday, March 1. We packed not only the courtroom but also the overflow room! The judges asked so many thoughtful and interesting questions noting their concern about denial of justice for the victims. We also got some great insights into the United States’ position in the case. We’d love to tell you all about the hearing, what we’re expecting to happen with the case, and what comes next in our fight for justice. Join us for a conference call.

When: Thursday, March 3 at 7pm ET

Where: To listen in, dial (712) 432-1212* and enter the access code, 195-939.

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February 9, 2016 – Bethlehem, PA

Moravian College will bestow an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Mario Joseph, widely regarded as Haiti’s leading human rights lawyer, on Tuesday, February 9. Joseph will present a film; “Baseball in the Time of Cholera,” at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium (Haupert Union Building) and lead a discussion along with Brian Concannon, executive director, Institute for Justice & Democracy, Haiti. The honorary degree will be conferred at the conclusion of a program. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

When: Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm

Where: Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Click HERE for more information.

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February 5, 2016 – New York City, NY

Join a coalition of four New York City-based Haitian community organizations–Citizens Committee to Protect Haitians, KOMOKODA (The Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti), Fanmi Lavalas NY Coordination, and Platfòm Pitit Desalin–who have come together to demonstrate support for those who are in the streets of Haiti fighting and dying for justice in regards to democratic elections.

When: Friday, February 5 from 1-4pm

Where: In front of the NYC U.S. State Department Office – 666 5th Avenue, New York NY 10019 (Entrance on 53rd Street between 5th & 6th Aves.)

For more information, please call one of these numbers:  718-440-6892; 347-730-3620; 917-214-0451; 917-288-5038

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February 5, 2016 – Ottawa, Canada

Canadians are urged to join the global effort to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Join CHAN and KOZAYITI in the mission of stopping the Core Group from interfering further in Haiti’s elections.

When: Friday, February 5 at noon

Where: Parliament Hill (Wellington St, Ottawa, ON, Canada)

For more information, please email jafrikayiti@hotmail.com.

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February 4, 2016 – Online

In the first session of the NBLSA Haiti Webinar Series, human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon, Jr. will be discussing the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the litigation that has stemmed from it.

When: Thursday, February 4 from 12:50 to 1:50pm

Where: online webinar

Click HERE for more info and the webinar link.

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January 9 – 27, 2016

The sixth anniversary of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake is January 12. Events are happening all over the country and in Haiti to commemorate the lives lost. Check our list to see if there’s one in your area.

Click HERE for more info.

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January 12, 2016 – Medford, MA

The anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti six year ago is on January 12, 2016. On that day, the Haitian Coalition will commemorate the memory of those who have lost their lives, and to thank the individuals that stood with us and our community over the years. It will also pay tribute to the survivors many whom are still struggling to find their bearings here in our city. The purpose of this FREE Remember Haiti 01/12/16 event is to help attendees understand the continuous effort that still needs to be done and to share the Haitian Coalition’s continuous involvement. There will be guest speaker panelist and individual survivor testimonies. Light refreshment will be provided.

When: Tuesday, January 12 from 5 to 8pm

Where: Tufts University – 51 Winthrop Street Medford, MA

If you have any questions please call 617-625-6400 or email Lince011@yahoo.com.

Click HERE for more info and to RSVP.

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January 9, 2016 – Randolph, MA

Join Haitian Americans United, Inc. for a gala celebrating Haiti’s independence. The event will include award presentations, some great performances, and food.

When: Saturday, January 9 at 7pm

Where: Lombardo’s, 6 Billings Street Randolph, MA 02368

Click HERE for more information.

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November 21, 2015 – Brockton, MA

Join The Jacmel Project for its first show at Gallery 33, in partnership with the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM). The Jacmel Project is a series of ongoing art installations showcasing work by artists from Haiti as well as the local Haitian diaspora, which relate to the earthquake and its effects. Brockton Arts and HAAM united to get the artists painting again, have their stories heard, and to have a marketing initiative to benefit the artistic community.

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 6 to 11pm

Where: The Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building 33 Dover Street Brockton, MA

For more information, please email Arnie Danielson at acdanielson@verizon.net

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November 12-14, 2015 – Miami, FL

Attend the 4th annual conference of the the National Association of Haitian Professionals, this year focusing on “Elevating Haiti and its Diaspora: Building Results-Driven Road Maps, Developing Leaders & Creating Opportunities.” Join in-depth lectures examining advocacy, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship in the context of strengthening Haiti.

Keynote speakers include Laurent Lamothe, Dr. Garry Conille and Jean-Max Bellerive, all former Prime Ministers of Haiti.

When: Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14

Where: Kovens Conference Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Click HERE to register.

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October 31, 2015 – Cambridge, MA

Join Cambridge’s Haitian Creole Month Celebration for an afternoon of Creole literary and cultural presentations.

When: Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 4pm

Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Click HERE for more information.

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October 29, 2015 – Geneva, Switzerland

Join the International Law Department for a screening of Al Jazeera America’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Haiti in a Time of Cholera.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion on efforts by victims of the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti to obtain legal remedies from the United Nations in U.S. federal court. IJDH’s own Beatrice Lindstrom is one of the panelists.

When: Thursday, October 29, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Auditorium A1B, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva

Click HERE for more information, and to join the Facebook event.

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October 22-24, 2015 – Montréal, Canada

Join the 27th annual conference of the Haitian Studies Association, Haiti in the Global Environment: Presence, Representations, Performances. Attend lectures, panels, cultural events, and a book launch to learn more about Haiti’s presence in a global context.

When: Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24

Where:  Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada

Click HERE to register.

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October 1, 2015 – Washington, DC

Join* Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, National Human Rights Defense Network and national election observer; Yolette Mengual, Current Member of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (To Be Confirmed); and Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research for a panel on Haiti’s elections and “Ensuring a Legitimate Outcome”.

When: Thursday, October 1, 9:30am–11:00am

Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 441, 27 Independence Ave SE Washington, DC 20003

*RSVP requested

Click HERE for more information.

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September 29, 2015 – Cambridge, MA

Join IJDH Fellow Rodline Louijeune and some distinguished panelists for a discussion on the human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic, as part of Harvard Haitian Alliance’s Discussion Series.

When: Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Click HERE for more info.

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September 15, 2015 – Washington, DC

Hear from some of Haiti’s presidential candidates for the 2015 elections in a Town Hall on economic development and investments. The Town Hall will be moderated by Roberson Alphonse of Le Nouvelliste, Dr. Robert Maguire, Professor at George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and others to be confirmed. The candidates will also be taking questions from the live audience and social media (i.e. facebook, twitter). #HRATOWNHALL

When: Tuesday, September 15, 6-9pm

Where: George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

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September 12, 2015 – Boston, MA

Join the 3rd Annual Conference on the State of the Haitian Community in the Greater Boston Area hosted by Haitian Americans United (HAU). Meet with community leaders to discuss and plan the development of the Haitian community and how to strengthen its presence in Massachusetts.

When: Saturday, September 12, 10am – 4pm

Where: Kay Pam, 6 Livingstone St, Dorchester, MA

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August 14, 2015 – New York City, NY

March with the Coalition for Human Rights in the Dominican Republic and demonstrate against the racist and xenophobic actions committed against Dominicans of Haitian descent. We are demanding the return of citizenship to those it was unjustly stripped from and that the US and the international community use their influence to ensure that human rights are being upheld in the Dominican Republic.

When: Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Where: Prospect Park Grand Army Plaza to City Hall

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July 1, 2015 – Worldwide

It is clear that black lives are under siege worldwide and we will not watch in silence. During a National Day of Action, on Wednesday July 1, we are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of Haitian descent in Dominican Republic who are fighting against the xenophobic and anti-Haitian actions of the Dominican government.

The protest in your city will be an important show of solidarity with Dominicans of Haitian descent and show the leaders of the Dominican Republic that the world is watching.

When: Wednesday July 1

Where: Your city

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June 28, 2015 – Dorchester, MA

Join this book-signing event focusing on two new titles, Pouvoir Populaire en Haiti: Democratie ou Dictature? (“Popular Power in Haiti: Democracy or Dictatorship?”) by Gineaud Louis and Pouvoir Manipulation et Reproduction du Pouvoir:une analyse sémi-narrative du discours de François Duvalier  (“Power, handling and reproduction of power: a semi-narrative discourse analysis of François Duvalier”) by Dr. Serge Philippe Pierre.

When: Sunday June 28 at 6:00pm

Where: Sant Belvi, 6 Frontenac Street, Dorchester, MA

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June 26, 2015 – Dorchester, MA

Attend this special reception celebrating the opening of artist Mimi Desir’s exhibition at the Caribbean Arts Gallery. Her paintings will be shown alongside those of artist François Pericles Gracia.

The current theme on which Mimi works is “Visual Art: My Therapist.” Born in Haiti in 1962, Mimi also embodies the slogan “My art is my voice” to acknowledge her past struggles and as a way to overcome them. She studied art at the George Washington University, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland.

When: Friday June 26 at 6:00pm

Where: Caribbean Arts Gallery, 155-A Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

The exhibit will be open from June 26 to July 10, 2015. For more information, contact: Jennifer Fleury at 561-542-3712, or 617-265-0155

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June 26, 2015 – New York City, NY

March against the racist, violent and xenophobic decision of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court to denationalize thousands of blacks in D.R. because they are of Haitian descent. We are calling for everyone to reach out to their elected officials and urge them to denounce the Dominican government racist and xenophobic decision, to contact the Dominican Consulate to pressure their government to reverse this racist decision, and cease the violence against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

When: Friday June 26 from 3pm-5pm

Where: Flatbush Junction to Nostrand Ave to Church Ave

Click HERE for more info, and to join the Facebook event.

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June 25, 2015 – Miami, FL

MiamiDeportationMarchOver 250,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent could be stateless deported back to a country many have never known. As this horrific moment in our history continues to unfold, the international community has remained completely silent on the inhumane treatment of blacks in the Dominican Republic.

Hundreds of individuals and organizations will march in solidarity with the Dominicans that are facing mass deportations. They will be demanding the Dominican Government to stop the mass deportations of Dominican-Haitians that currently have residency in the Dominican Republic, many of whom were born in the Dominican Republic.

When: Thursday June 25 from 2 to 5pm

Where: 1038 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL to 259 SW 13th Street Miami, FL

For more information, call 305-756-8050

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June 23, 2015 – Conference Call

Join U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson & The Raben Group for a Briefing Conference Call About the Dominican Republic Deportation Action. To clarify some of the confusion about this issue, independent experts will provide background and walk participants through the current situation between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Dial in using the number and conference code below.

Dial In: 866-952-1907 or 785-424-1826 Conference ID: Deportation

Moderator: Vania André, Editor-In-Chief, The Haitian Times

Special Remarks: U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson

Expert Speakers: Angelita K. Baeyens of Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; Beneco Enecia of Cedeso; Liliana Gamboa of Open Society Foundation ; Ediberto Román of Florida International University

When: Tuesday June 23, 2015 from 11:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Conference line (see above)

Click HERE to RSVP.

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June 23, 2015 – Washington, DC

 ‘The Loss of Citizenship and Mass Deportation of Families of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic': Join this discussion to learn more about the crisis facing Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and Haitian immigrants, whom face the threat of imminent mass deportation from the Dominican Republic, and potential strategies for unions and allied organizations to unite in opposition to the deportations. The event is moderated by Cathy Feingold, the Director of the International Department at AFL-CIO, and panelists include:- Maritza Vargas, Secretary General of SITRALPRO, the union for workers at the Alta Gracia Project in the Dominican Republic- Wade McMullen, Staff Attorney for Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights- Lauren Stewart, Senior Program Officer for Dominican Republic and Haiti, Solidarity Center
When: Tuesday June 23 from 10:00-11:30am
Where: AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
To RSVP, contact: kbien@aflcio.org. You can also find the event on Facebook.
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June 22, 2015 – Washington, DC

Join the Association of Haitian Professionals (AHP) & other concerned organizations to march to the Dominican Republic Embassy in Washington, DC on Monday, June 22nd. The event will begin with a rally at Dupont Circle at 5:30pm followed by the march to the embassy. We are calling for individuals and concerned organizations to march in solidarity to speak out against this injustice and crime against human rights in the Dominican Republic.
When: Monday June 22 at 5:30pm
Where: Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
Click HERE for more information.
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June 22, 2015 – Washington, DC

Join Talks @ Pulitzer with Pulitzer Center grantees Jonathan M. Katz and Allison Shelley as they discuss their reporting project, “The Clintons’ Republic.”

Katz and Shelley document the key roles Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and now a candidate for U.S. President, have played in Haiti over the decades, from picking its national leaders to driving hundreds of millions of dollars in private aid, investment and U.S. taxpayer money toward its development.

When: Monday June 22 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Where: Pulitzer Center 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 615 Washington, DC 20036

Please reserve your seat by emailing rsvp@pulitzercenter.org. Specify in subject line: “June 22 Talks @ Pulitzer.”

A light reception will be held between 5:30 and 6 pm before the discussion begins.

Click HERE for more info on the discussion.

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June 21, 2015 – Randolph, MA

Haitian author Patrice Dumont will be attending this book-signing event in honor of his best-selling book François Duvalier et le football haïtien (François Duvalier and Haitian Football). Admission is free, and copies of the book can be purchased at the exhibit.

When: Sunday June 21 at 5:30pm

Where: Lombardo’s, 6 Billings St., Randolph MA 02368

For more information, contact: 617-470-1912

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June 19, 2015 – New York City, NY

Following the 2013 high court ruling that people born to undocumented foreigners were not guaranteed citizenship, the Dominican Republic is set to deport people of Haitian descent en masse–including people who have never even lived in Haiti. About 500,000 undocumented Dominicans of Haitian descent could be deported if we don’t act now. The peace group CODEPINK will protest the Dominican Republic’s plan for massive deportations on the steps of the Dominican Embassy.

When: Friday June 19, 2015 at noon

Where: Dominican Embassy, 1715 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Click HERE for more info.

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June 7, 2015 – Boston, MA

Join Massachusetts Association of Haitian Parents and The Haitian Youth Connection for a meeting with Boston’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tommy Chang. This is an opportunity to discuss any issues you or your child have with your child’s school, whether it’s public or private. Make your voice heard!

When: Sunday, June 7 from 5 to 7pm

Where: Sant Belvi, 6 Frontenac St. Dorchester, MA 02124

 

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June 7, 2015 – Naples, FL

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold an information session on its limited Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP), which began in March.

When: Sunday, June 7 from 8:30 to 9:30am

Where: Naples New Haitian Church of the Nazarene, 5085 Bayshore Drive Naples, FL 34112

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May 28, 2015 – Boston, MA

Join the Irish International Immigrant Center for a short film and a conversation on the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), the Guantanamo crisis between 1991 and 1994, and the status of Haitian and American Diplomacy today. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: Irish International Immigrant Center, 100 Franklin Street Lower Level Boston, MA 02110

HERE‘s another short video of IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban explaining how Haitian refugees were first brought to Guantanamo, and his work to fight this human rights violation.

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May 28, 2015 – Boston, MA

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Rep Dan Cullinane, and the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus present Haitian Flag Day. Join them in celebrating the rich history and culture of Haitian Heritage Month. Meet artists and leaders from the Haitian community and enjoy delicious local cuisine.

When: Thursday May 28 from 1 to 2:30pm

Where: Nurse’s Hall, Massachusetts State House

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May 17, 2015 – Boston, MA

Every year since 2000, Haitian-Americans United, Inc. has organized a huge parade down one of Boston’s major roads, Blue Hill Avenue. Anyone from students to human rights organizations both attend and walk in the parade.

When: Sunday, May 17 starting at 1pm

Where: Down Blue Hill Ave, from Mattapan Square to Harambee Park

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May 15, 2015 – Boston, MA

Attend the Caribbean Arts Gallery’s special exhibition in honor of the Nigerian artist, Samson John. Samson is a modern artist visiting the United States to exhibit at the Art Expo in New York. Samson paints rare pieces that are unique to his style and can be found elsewhere in the world. The artist will be presenting thirty works from his collection.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Edmund Barry Gaither.
Most of the gallery’s work is by Haitian artists, from Boston and Haiti.

When: Friday, May 15 from 10am to 8pm

Where: Caribbean Arts Gallery, 155-A Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02121

Mr. Edmund Barry Gaither will present at 10:30 a.m.

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March 27, 2013 – Baltimore, MD

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Please join us for a screening of the award-winning film Baseball in the Time of Cholera and learn more about Haiti’s ongoing cholera crisis, IJDH’s fight for justice, and how you can get involved.
When: Wednesday March 27 from 5:00-7:00.
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, W2030
Film screening to be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney, IJDH
David Darg, Film Maker, Baseball in the Time of Cholera,
Angela Dart, International Health and Medical Programs Manager, Operations Blessing
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March 14, 2013, Brooklyn, NY

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Join IJDH in Brooklyn for a panel discussion and screening of the award-winning film
Baseball in the Time of Cholera.
When: Thursday March 14, 2013, 6-9pm
Where: Flatbush Reform Church, 890 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
What is the future of water and sanitation in Haiti? How can the diaspora mobilize for justice for victims of UN cholera? Come join the discussion!
Panelists:
Marie-Yolaine Eusebe, FireStarter + CEO, Community2Community
Yanick Eveillard, Chair, NHAHA
Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney, IJDH
Moderated by Carine Jocelyn, Executive Director, Diaspora Community Services
This free event is co-hosted by Diaspora Community Services, Community2Community and the National Haitian American Health Alliance (NHAHA). Light refreshments will be served.
Click HERE to download the Flyer (PDF) 

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March 13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

 

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Helping Haiti Hammer Forums
When: Wednesday March 13th, 2013 7:30pm
Where: 
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Three years after the devastating earthquake that took 300,000 lives and left over one million Haitians homeless, we assess the waning international response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the hemisphere’s poorest country with author Amy Wilentz, who has written a number of books about Haiti including her latest, Farewell Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti. Joining her is Haitian-born doctor Henri Ford and Haitian human rights attorney Mario Joseph. Ford is chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and vice dean for Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Following the 2010 earthquake, Dr. Ford returned to Haiti to provide medical assistance to earthquake victims. Joseph leads the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which represents political prisoners, poor people, and victims of political violence.

This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues.

Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programsBackground Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm, bikes park for free and many public transit lines run directly to the museum. Please see the HAMMER website for more information.

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February 4-6, 2013, Washington, DC

 

Haiti, Three Years after the Earthquake:
The Time for Accountability by Haiti Advocacy Working Group

 

2013 presents itself as a time of reckoning, an opportunity to assess the impact of the last three years, based on the principles of accountability, transparency, governance, inclusion, participation, and consultation.

  • How did the plans envisioned take into the account the needs of the majority of Haitians who are poor and vulnerable?
  • How were their voices included in the process of reconstruction and development?
  • What was the impact of the programs and projects implemented on the majority of Haitians?

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group is asking you to save the date for discussions around the 3rd Commemoration of the earthquake in Haiti. Please join us as we host a series of panel discussions on agriculture, housing, and women rights, with grassroots partners from Haiti, members of Congress and their staff, Diaspora, friends of Haiti, and media outlets.

 

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February 4
9am-3pm: Advocacy strategy sessions
4:30pm-6pm: Panel on Gender featuring Haitian and other Haiti experts
7pm-9pm: Reception with members of Congress and staff

February 5
8:15am-9am: Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
9am-3pm: Panel discussions on Agriculture, Accountability and Housing with Haitians and other Haiti experts
*Brian Concannon will be speaking about cholera on an accountability panel between 9:15am – 10:45am on Tuesday, Feb 5.

February 6:
Advocacy visits on the Hill

For more information, please contact Kysseline Cherestal or Claire Lauterbach.

To RSVP, please e-mail hawgthreeyear@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Signing and discussion by Jonathan Katz

 

Aid, Cholera, Recovery in Haiti-FlyerInterested in Global Health or International Humanitarianism?
Join us on January 30th for a book signing by Jonathan Katz. Mr. Katz is a former Associated Press correspondent and editor, and was the only full-time American news correspondent stationed in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake. His book The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster addresses the postquake humanitarian aid in Haiti. The book signing will be followed by a panel discussion about postquake aid response and the emergence of cholera following the earthquake. 

When: January 30th, 2013 at 6pm
Where: Ticknor Lounge, Harvard University Boyslton Hall

Pan­elists:

  • Jonathan Katz, author of “The Big Truck that Went by: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster”
  • Rishi Rattan, Advocacy Chair for Physician for Haiti
  • Brian Concannon, Human Rights Lawyer at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
  • Nancy Dorsinville, Policy Advisor, NGOs & Civil Society in the Office of the UN Special Envoy to Haiti
  • Patrick Sylvain, Haitian-American writer, lecturer, and photographer

Hosted by The Harvard Haitian Alliance, in collaboration with The Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, and The Tufts Pan-African Alliance.

This event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided.

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January, 21, 2013 Montreal Premieres of ‘Haiti: where did the money go? & ‘Baseball in the time of cholera’

Co-presented by: Cinema Politica Concordia, Canada Haiti Action Network, Rézistans Haïtienne

  • When: Monday, January 21, 7 pm
  • Where: Room H-110, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC
  • Cost: Suggested donation $2-5

This special screening will feature a panel discussion following the film with special guests:
* Jennie Walker (co- producer of ‘Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?)
* Marie-Célie Agnant (Haitian writer, poet, novelist and political rights advocate)
* Didier Berry (filmmaker, sociologist and activist with MBETV.com). 

HAITI: WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

 A doc that asks the pivotal question—why did so much money buy so little relief? And why are so many still living in squalor?

SYNOPSIS:  In the United States alone, half of all households gave a total of $1.4 billion to charities, yet almost two years later more than half a million people still live in squalid camps. Only a few have access to drinking water. Sanitation is woefully inadequate. Malnutrition and cholera are on the rise. What happened?

 

BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

An intimate look into the fight for survival and justice among cholera victims in Haiti.

SYNOPSIS:  As the cholera epidemic rages in Haiti, the UN denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite mounting evidence. This is the story of Joseph, a young baseball player, and a Haitian lawyer fighting for compensation for the victims. As the epidemic spreads, the two stories intersect in the struggle for survival and justice.

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Bay Area Haiti Network – A Book Event and  panel discussion

in welcoming journalist Ethan Casey As he presents his book BEARING THE BRUISE: A LIFE GRACED BY HAITI

  • When : December 14th, 2012, at 7PM
  • Where :  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

In the wake of the devastating January 2010 earthquake, Ethan resolved to write the story of how Haiti permanently and profoundly changed his understanding of human life and history in this world. To complete Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti (2012) he returned to Haiti three times in 2010 and 2011, and his account of the quake’s aftermath is deeply informed by 30 years’ worth of personal experience. “Haiti is a place for big questions,” he writes. “A heartfelt account … an informed perspective on many of the political and social complexities that vex those who seek to make common cause with Haiti.” – Paul Farmer

Panel discussion with Ethan Casey and Mario Joseph of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)  along with questions and dialog from the audience

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Film Screening & discussion : Baseball in the time of Cholera

Base­ball in the Time of Cholera is the story of a young Hait­ian boy who plays in Haiti’s first lit­tle league base­ball team and the Hait­ian Lawyer Mario Joseph who rep­re­sents vic­tims of the cholera epi­demic in a law­suit against the UN. As the epi­demic spreads, the two sto­ries inter­sect in the strug­gle for sur­vival and justice.

Panelist : 
Brian Con­can­non Jr., Esq., Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Jus­tice & Democ­racy in Haiti

  • When : Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30p.m.
  • Where : Olin-Sang Auditorium,  415 South Street, Waltham MA, 02453

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Book Signing Event and Panel on Mark Schuller’s :
Killing with Kindness
 (Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs)

Why have NGOs made such limited contributions in Haiti?
Join our panelists for a critical analysis of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Haiti, including discussions of both past NGO failures and examples of successful sustainable programs :

Mark Schuller, Writer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University.
Pierre Noel, JD, Executive Director of the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation.
Joia Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer at Partners in Health.
Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. (moderator), Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

  • When : November 29, 2012 at 6pm
  • Where : Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti,
    666 Dorchester ave. Boston, Ma, USA, 02127

 RSVP : Stanley Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant at IJDH, Stanley@IJDH.org

Click HERE To See the Flyer(PDF)

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Film Screening & discussion :
Baseball in the time of Cholera

As the cholera epidemic rages in Haiti, the UN denies mounting evidence of its responsibility for introducing the disease. The film tells two stories—one involving Joseph, a young baseball player who is deeply affected by the epidemic, and the other chronicling the efforts of a Haitian lawyer to win compensation for the victims. As the disease spreads, their stories intersect in the struggle for survival and justice.

Panelists:
Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. (moderator), Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

  •  Where: Yale Law School, Room 128 (127 Wall Street, New Haven)
  • When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:10pm

Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short category
Sponsored by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Click HERE To See the Flyer(PDF)

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The U.S. Dou­ble Stan­dard on Elec­tions in the U.S., Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.
–  An evening round­table dis­cus­sion with elec­tion mon­i­tors and for­eign pol­icy analysts

When : Novem­ber 15, 2012 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where : UC Berke­ley School of Law, 215 Boalt Hall, room 145 On the cor­ner of Pied­mont Avenue and Ban­croft Way
A light din­ner and refresh­ments will be served.

Panelists:
Mana Bararai, work­ers’ rights attor­ney at Sun­deen Sali­nas & Pyle, elec­tion mon­i­tor of Venezuela’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial elections
Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Equal Jus­tice Works Vot­ing Rights Fel­low at the Lawyers’ Com­mit­tee for Civil Rights, monitor of 2012 elec­tions in the U.S. and Venezuela
Pierre Laboissiere, co-founder of Haiti-Action Com­mit­tee and mem­ber of Global Exchange
Alexan­der Main, ana­lyst at the Cen­ter for Eco­nomic and Pol­icy Research,  elec­tion mon­i­tor of Haiti’s 2010 national elec­tions and Venezuela’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial elections
Nicole Phillips, staff attor­ney at the Insti­tute for Jus­tice & Democ­racy in Haiti,  mon­i­tor of Haiti’s 2010 and 2011 national elections
Susan Scott, Moderator, National Lawyer’s Guild mem­ber, mon­i­tor of Venezuela’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial elections
Event Descrip­tion:
Why did the U.S. admin­is­tra­tion sup­port and finance flawed elec­tions in Haiti in 2010?  Why is elec­toral democ­racy in Venezuela so fre­quently mis­rep­re­sented in the mass media?  Why were we the only coun­try in the hemi­sphere to sup­port elec­tions in Hon­duras under a coup regime?
Join for­eign pol­icy ana­lysts and mon­i­tors of recent elec­tions in Venezuela and Haiti for a wide-ranging dis­cus­sion on how our gov­ern­ment has sought to influ­ence both the results and pub­lic per­cep­tion of key elec­tions in our hemisphere.  Panelists will describe how these elec­tions played out on the ground and exam­ine the role that the U.S. has played in seek­ing to dis­tort and even sub­vert elec­toral out­comes.  They will also exam­ine how fun­da­men­tal aspects of U.S. pol­icy towards the region’s left-leaning gov­ern­ments and move­ments have remained sim­i­lar under pres­i­dents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  A com­par­i­son will be made with the access to the vote and voter sup­pres­sion in the U.S.  Finally, pan­elists will share thoughts on mon­i­tor­ing poten­tial U.S. involve­ment in key elec­tions in years to come and on efforts to put an end to the U.S.’ dou­ble stan­dard on elections.
 
Addi­tional co-sponsors:
Bay Area Latin Amer­i­can Sol­i­dar­ity Coali­tion
Black Alliance for Just Immi­gra­tion
Haiti Action Com­mit­tee
Human Rights Advo­cates
SOAWatch­West Task Force on the Americas/MITF
UC Haiti Initiative
Click HERE To See the Flyer(PDF)

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Novem­ber 16, 2012

Haiti: ‘Killing With Kind­ness’ and other Tales of Post-Quake Reconstruction

A Book Event and Forum Discussion

  • When : Fri­day, Novem­ber 16th
  • Where : Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St. (at Treat) – Mis­sion dis­trictSF at 6–8 pm

SPEAKERS:

  • Prof. Mark Schuller, scholar-activist
    author, “Killing With Kind­ness” and “Tec­tonic Shifts”
  • Anne-christine d’Adesky, jour­nal­ist, co-founder PotoFanm+Fi,
    author, Beyond Shock, a new report on progress fight­ing rape in Haiti
  • Nicole Phillips, attor­ney, Insti­tute for Jus­tice and Democ­racy (IJDH)
    report­ing on break­through legal vic­to­ries for rape survivors
  • Bay Area Haiti Haiti Net­work mem­bers
    dis­cussing local and US-Haiti sol­i­dar­ity work

Join us for a group dis­cus­sion after speak­ers. Author book sign­ing.
For more infor­ma­tion: con­tact potofanm@gmail.com or (415) 690‑6199.
Media wel­come.

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Symphonic Relief for Haiti II

To benefit Partners in Health’s Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education in Mirebalais, Haiti
In collaboration with Partners in Health and Arlington Street Church

Longwood Symphony Orchestra
Music of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Haitian composer Julio Racine

The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti triggered a surge in the country’s disabled population that intensified the already critical need for rehabilitative services. Partners In Health responded by launching a new program in rehabilitative medicine, aimed at addressing many of the injuries sustained from the earthquake. However, the need far outweighs the care that we have been able to provide—which has helped less than 1 percent of the country’s estimated disabled citizens.The Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education—planned to be built on the campus of Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital in central Haiti—will be a catalyst in providing immediate and long-term rehabilitation services in Haiti, while allowing disabled people to live dignified, normal lives. The facility will enable our providers to deliver collaborative and intensive rehabilitative care. The center will also serve as an education space to train Haiti’s future rehabilitation professionals.
  • Where : Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA
  • When : Sunday, November 4, at 3 p.m.
  • Tickets: Suggested donation of $20 for adults; $10 for students and seniors

To purchase tickets and learn more, 
call  617-987-0100, or visit http://www.pih.org/haitisymphonicrelief

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International Law Weekend

91st Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association 

Law in the Time of Cholera: Haiti’s Epidemic, the UN and the Responsibilities of International Organizations

Haiti is suffering from a cholera epidemic that has been traced to waste management practices on a United Nations peacekeeper base. The epidemic has killed over 7,500 Haitians, and is now the worst single country cholera epidemic in modern history.Haiti’s cholera epidemic and the UN response to it is an excellent touchstone to explore the UN’s responsibility to provide a fair forum for personal injury claims arising out of peacekeeping operations.

The panel will explore UN liability for the Haiti cholera epidemic in the context of the UN Status of Forces Agreement’s immunity provisions and of the developing law on accountability of international organizations. Panelists include experts who were on the ground in Haiti and responded to the outbreak, international legal experts, and lawyers who filed a groundbreaking case on behalf of 5,000 victims of cholera seeking compensation from the UN.

  • Where:  Fordham University, School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, New York City, Room 302
  • When:  Saturday, October 27th at 9 AM
Click HERE To See the Flyer (PDF)

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A Film Screen­ing and Dis­cus­sion of “Base­ball in the time of Cholera” co-sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and Boston Lawyers for Justice in Haiti

 Base­ball in the Time of Cholera is the story of a young Hait­ian boy who plays in Haiti’s first lit­tle league base­ball team and the Hait­ian Lawyer Mario Joseph who rep­re­sents vic­tims of the cholera epi­demic in a law­suit against the UN. As the epi­demic spreads, the two sto­ries inter­sect in the strug­gle for sur­vival and justice.

Pan­elists:

Mario Joseph, Director of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and lead attorney on the Cholera case
Marie St. Fleur, Esq., Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Chief of Advocacy and
Strategic Investments
Jack Regan, Partner and Co-chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, Wilmer Cutler, Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP
Rishi Rattan, MD, Chair of Advocacy, Physicians for Haiti
Brian Concannon Jr., Director of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (moderator)

  • Where: Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
  • When:  Thursday, October 25th at 5:30PM/
    Email RSVP to Hannah@ijdh.org

Click HERE To See the Flyer (PDF)

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A Film Screening and Discussion of “Baseball in the time of Cholera”

 Baseball in the Time of Cholera is the story of a young Haitian boy who plays in Haiti’s first little league baseball team and the Haitian Lawyer Mario Joseph who represents victims of the cholera epidemic in a lawsuit against the UN. As the epidemic spreads, the two stories intersect in the struggle for survival and justice.

Panelists:

Mario Joseph, Managing Lawyer, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Assistant Director for USF’s Haiti programs

  • Where: University of San Francisco School of Law, Kendrick Hall Room 240, 2199 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
  • When:  Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Global Justice Salon (sponsored by American Jewish World Service)

Mario and Nicole will speak about the role of the international community in Haiti, our efforts to bring justice to cholera victims and civil liberties under the current Haitian government. Join our conversation and learn how AJWS’s grantees (including BAI and IJDH) are working to turn Haiti’s crisis around.

  • Where: Restaurant Zibibbo, 430 Kipling Street (between University Ave and Lytton Ave)
  • When: Saturday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets ($30 per person; includes dinner), contact Matt Balaban at 415.593.3298 or email to mbalaban@aiws.org. Space is limited!

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Upcoming speaking event on the book ” Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti”

Join the book tour, Meet the Author Jeb Sprague !

In this path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague investigates the dangerous world of right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and its role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the right-wing movements that succeeded in driving him from power.

This book draws on over fifty interviews—some of which placed the author in severe danger—and more than 11,000 documents secured through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Haiti today, and is a vivid reminder of how democratic struggles in poor countries are often met with extreme violence organized at the behest of capital.

  • When:  Friday, September, 21, 2012,  7pm 
  • Where: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Office,
    666 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA, USA 02127
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Click HERE To See schedules and other locations for this event

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“Haiti in 2012: An Update on the Recovery”
Please Join Conyers/Wilson Haiti Forum at the 2012 CBC annual legislative conference.

Our managing attorney, Mario Joseph, will be a panelist and discuss on a variety of issues facing Haiti as it continues to recover from the effects of the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic.

The panel will also discuss political developments in the country, including controversies surrounding the possible reestablishment of the Haitian Army and the future role of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Also, the panel will discuss ways the United States and the international community can work with the Haitian government to overcome the barriers preventing many Haitians from accessing affordable and sustainable housing.

  • When:  Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 
  • Where: Washington Convention Center, Room 209 -B, Washington, DC 
 Click HERE To See the Flyer(PDF)

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Shakespeare Night! : Romeo & Juliet

Bring a blanket or a beach chair and join us for a night of Shakespeare under the sky!

Brown Box, a non-profit theater company, will open up a performance, Romeo & Juliet at Still Harbor. All performances are free and open to the public. The play will run approximately two hours with no intermission.

  • When: August 31, September1, 2,  6:30 PM
  • Where: Still Harbor
                   666 Dorchester Avenue, Boston,        MA, USA 02127,
                      (5 minute walk from the Andrew Square T stop)

Click HERE To See the Flyer(PDF)
Click HERE To See more Information about Brown Box 

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David Darg & Bryn Mooser Invite you to the European Premiere of Baseball In the Time Of Cholera

 Baseball in The Time of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti’s cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player.
When & Where:
July 26.2012 Thursday 7:30PM-9:00PM
William Road Gallery, 7-8 William Road, London, NW1 3ER
RSVP@ryot.org
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Film Screening and Discussion of BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

A young baseball player and a Haitian lawyer representing victims of the cholera epidemic struggle for survival and justice in Baseball in the time of Cholera  

Where & When:

Wednesday, July 18 , 10:00 AM, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237 45 Independence AVE, SW, Washington, DC 20515
Wednesday, July 18, 4:30 PM 1740 Massachusetts Ave. Kenney auditorium, NW Washington, DC 20036

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Click HERE To Download even Flyer(U.S.Congressional Briefing

Informational Session on H-2A and H-2B visas

What:  U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, in partnership with U.S. Department of Labor, would like to extend an invitation to the Haitian community to learn more about the H-2A and H-2B programs. These programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill either temporary agricultural jobs or temporary non-agricultural jobs. This informational session will focus on the specific conditions that an employer must meet when filing for temporary labor certification pursuant to H-2A and H-2B regulations. Where: John F. Kennedy Federal Building,   Government Center Conference Room 275-B,   Boston, MA When:  Wednesday, July 11, 10:00 AM Click HERE to Down­load event Flyer (pdf)

Local Book Launch for Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake What:

Like in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Haitians are fighting for their human rights, justice and voice in their own reconstruction. When the international press left, the struggle continued. Why are 500,000 Haitians still under tarps? Where did the billions of dollars in “aid” go? How

will the UN be held accountable for the Cholera epidemic? How can a concerned international community work to support Haitian human rights? Panelists will discuss housing, health and post-disaster social movements. Where: Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd, New Orleans When: Tuesday, June 19, 6PM Click HERE to Download event Flyer (pdf)

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Center for Constitutional Rights’ 3rd Annual Social Justice Throwdown: “Recognizing the extraordinary work of Mario Joseph and BAI Honorees”

What: Mario Joseph, Av., the Managing Attorney of our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and BAI will be honored at the Center for Constitutional Rights’ 3rd Annual Social Justice Throwdown. This honor is especially meaningful for us, as CCR has been a model for our work at IJDH and the BAI, and is a valued collaborator on several cases. Please join social justice lawyers and supporters from around the New York City area to dance and celebrate our collective work.
Where: Dominion NY Theater & Lounge, 428 Lafayette Street (btwn West 4th Street & Astor Place, NYC) When: Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 ~ 10:00 PM Click HERE to Download the Invitation Letter (pdf) To register or for more information, please visit ccrjustice.org/throwdown or contact Keisha Waring at (212) 614-6483 or kwaring@ccrjustice.org.

“Haiti: Where the Fault Lies” Speaker Series Presents: UN-doing CholeraWhat: Nicole Phillips, Human Rights Attorney at IJDH and an adjunct professor at USF School of Law will discuss UN’s participation in the Haitian Cholera outbreak which has played a major role in the health of the Haitian people, and greatly impacted efforts to rebuild the country with physician panel including Phuoc Le, MD, DTM&H and Joanna Hellmuth, MD to follow.   Where: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in N-217 UCSF Parnassus Campus When: Thursday, May 3rd, 5:00 ~ 7:00 PM Download event Flyer (pdf): UN-doing Cholera For RSVP or more details, please con­tact to Steph Hut­sell Stephanie.Hutsell@ucsf.edCenter for Constitutional Rights’ 3rd Annual Social Justice Throwdown “Recognizing the extraordinary work of Mario Joseph and BAI Honorees”What: Mario Joseph, Av., the Managing Attorney of our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and BAI will be honored at the Center for Constitutional Rights’ 3rd Annual Social Justice Throwdown. This honor is especially meaningful for us, as CCR has been a model for our work at IJDH and the BAI, and is a valued collaborator on several cases. Please join social justice lawyers and supporters from around the New York City area to dance and celebrate our collective work. Where: Dominion NY Theater & Lounge, 428 Lafayette Street (btwn West 4th Street & Astor Place, NYC) When: Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 ~ 10:00 PM Click HERE to Download the Invitation Letter (pdf) To register or for more information, please visit ccrjustice.org/throwdown or contact Keisha Waring at (212) 614-6483 or kwaring@ccrjustice.org. 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING “Cholera and the Human Right to Health In Post-Earthquake Haiti” What: Brian Concannon, Jr.Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) will discuss what urgent measures are needed to contain the spread of the cholera outbreak, as well as longer-term proposals for preventing cholera from becoming endemic to Haiti with Dr. Luiz Augusto Galvão, Donna Barry, Mario López-Garelli, Mark Weisbrot. In addition panelists will consider the role of international legal mechanisms for protecting health and human rights violations in Haiti’s greater post-earthquake context. Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226, 45 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20515 When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 · 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST (GMT-05:00)Sponsored by: O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law Center Center for Economic and Policy Research Download event Flyer (pdf): Cholera and the Human Right to Health In Post-Earthquake Haiti Haiti:
Where did the money go? What: Documentary filmmaker Michele Mitchell will screen the film ‘Haiti: Where did the money go?’ which shows the dire poverty of people still living in earthquake displacement camps and points to a lack of transparency in $1.4 billion Americans donated after the Haitian earthquake. Nicole Phillips, Human Rights Attorney at IJDH will be in moderating the discussion after the film with director Michele Mitchell and share her expertise. Where: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in N-217 When: Thursday, April 12, 5:00 ~ 7:00pm For RSVP or more details, please contact to Steph Hutsell Stephanie.Hutsell@ucsf.edu

 

 

Haiti Human Rights Reformer to Minnesota – hosted by Haiti Justice Alliance 

What: Brian Concannon, Jr.Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) will be featured at a series of events in Minnesota hosted by Haiti Justice Alliance. Brian will present the work of IJDH and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), focusing on their innovative suit against the United Nations for introducing cholera to Haiti.

Full schedule of the events:

 Tuesday, April 10 Public Presentation in the Carleton College Athenaeum (4:00 PM) Fundraising dinner in Carleton’s Great Hall (6:30 PM), with presentation and Q&A* 
Wednesday, April 11 
Open lunch for discussion with students* Cholera film screening at U of M (4:30 PM, Pillsbury Hall 110) with presentation and Q&A.

For RSVP or more details, please contact to Nathan: nathan.yaffe@gmail.com

 Click HERE to See the Original Posting

HAITI IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA: ACCOUNTABILITY & JUSTICE AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE What: Renowned lawyer and activist Brian Concannon, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, will be speaking at the University of Minnesota- Pillsbury 110, WEDNESDAY at 4:30 PM. Following the screening of a short documentary, Concannon will discuss the current human rights situation in Haiti and IJDH’s ground-breaking case against the United Nations on behalf of 5,000 victims of the cholera epidemic.

Where: University of Minnesota, Pillsbury 110
When: Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 pm
For more information, please visit: http://haitijustice.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/event-announcement-concanno/

 

The Haitian State: Creating Sustainability Going Forward – InterAmerican Law Review

What: Brian Concannon, Jr. Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and Irwin P. Stotzky, a  board member of IJDH and professor of Miami Law will present the Democratic Process In The Haitian State. In addition, Louis-Alexandre Berg, Consultant of World Bank would present The Current Position of The Judiciary Inside The State as well.

Where: University of Miami School of Law, Room D201

When: Friday, March 30, 8:30 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.

For RSVP, please contact to zrparkins@gmail.com  by March 23
Download event Flyer (pdf): Miami Law-The Haitian State

Rice & Beans Dinner and White Dove Awards 

What: Brian Concannon, Jr. Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), will receive ROCLA’s International White Dove Award on behalf of IJDH and its Haitian affiliate, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). In addition, to a background of Haitian music you can bid for the remarkable Silent Auction items, savor rice and beans, salsa and salad from the incomparable Peg Gefell, enjoy a buffet of desserts, and celebrate the 2012 White Dove Award recipients. Most importantly, Brian Concannon will talk about the state of human rights in Haiti.

Where: Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh St, Rochester, NY [The church is wheelchair accessible and looped for the hearing impaired.]

When: Friday, March 2nd, 5:30 p.m.

For Reservations: Marilyn Kaiser at 585-293-3194; RKaiser3@Wrochester.rr.com Please See The Original Flyer: http://www.rocla.us/beansandrice2012.html

Book Launch Event: Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake  
What:The New England book launch of Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake.  This new release offers a new narrative on Haiti – with over 40 essays by the voices of Haiti themselves – scholars, journalists and activists.
New England is also well-represented in this collection, including two essays from Boston Haitian Reporter editors — see Boston Globe piece.
When: Friday, February 3rd 6:30pm
Where: Starr Auditorium | Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy Street (2nd floor of the Belfer Building – enter from Eliot st) Cambridge, MA 02138
RSVP: Visit Facebook or Email HGSEforHaiti@gmail.com
Download event Flyer (pdf): TectonicShifts_Boston_flyer 
Course on Health Rights Litigation

Who:   The Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Where:  Harvard School of Public Health 651 Huntington Avenue, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02115Harvard University When:  June 18 – 22, 2012 The Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University is pleased to announce a Course on Health Rights Litigation, as part of the Global School on Judicial Enforcement of Economic, Social, and Cultural (ESC) Rights.  The week-long course will be held in June 2012 in Boston, MA.

Please click on the following link for an informational flyer:http://www.harvardfxbcenter.org/fxb-files/documents/Health%20Rights%20Litigation%20Course.pdf. Application and scholarship information will be announced in the spring. Any questions could be directed towards kfalb@hsph.harvard.edu

What: Reflections on Haiti: Two Years After The Earthquake. To commemorate the two year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Governor Deval Patrick will present a special proclamation in solidarity with the Haitian community. The event will feature artistic performances and reflections from elected officials and community leaders. Who: Governor Deval Patrick, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and leaders of the Haitian Community When: Monday, January 30, 201, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMFor more information please contact Anny-Jean Jacques Domercant at 617-725-4020 Where: State House, Grand Staircase Interested media should contact the Governor’s Press Office at 617-725-4025

 

 

Download The Event Flyer: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Haitian-Earthquake-flyer-2012-REVISED-2-akl-edits.pdf

What: 2nd Annual Haiti Earthquake Memorial. An event for Boston and Massachusetts’ Haitian community and friends of Haiti to come

together  memorialize the victims of the earthquake, reflect and agree on collective action. The memorial will feature the poetry of Patrick Sylvain, spiritual reflection by Pastor Zephir, a musical performance by Mendy Toussaint, and more. In addition. The organizing committee, comprised of Haitian-led organizations in Boston, will discuss what has occurred in the past year and how issues of water security and immigration––noted as points of concern by hundreds of 2011 event attendees–have evolved. Physicians for Haiti will deliver a presentation specifically focused on the cholera epidemic. Yon evenman pou kominote ayisyen nan Boston ak tout eta Masachouset la pou mete tet yo ansanm pou sonje viktim tranblemandete 12 Janvye 2010 yo, reflechi e aji sou yon aksyon koletif.

Where: Roxbury Community College (RCC), Media Room, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA (near/toupre Roxbury Crossing station/estasyon)
When:   Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 4 p.m., Samdi, 14 Janvye, 2012 @ 4 p.m. For more/pou plis information/detay: Carline Desire – (617) 287-0096 – cdesire@afab-kafanm.org
Download Event Flyer: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/flyer-page-001.jpg

Who: Goldin Institute
What: Violence against women and girls in Haiti is three times higher since the January 2010 earthquake displaced neighbors and forced over a million people to live in tent cities.  At the same time, an amazing story of resilience and hope is taking root. Since the February 2010 launch of the Security and Sensitization project in the Place Petion camp, the incidents of rape in the camp have stopped. You are invited to an online video premiere of a short documentary about this inspiring project.
When: Tuesday, December 20th from 2:00 to 2:30 pm (CST).

Who: Nicole Phillips, Human Rights Attorney, IJDH

What: Speakers Series  in Commemoration Of The Second Anniversary Of The Earthquake In Haiti

Where: University Of California School Of Law, Irvine. Room EDU 1131 When: Thursday, January 12, 2012. at 12:10 You can still come even without RSVP Download The Event Flier: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/event-1.jpg

 

Boston Human Rights Night

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011. 6:00-9:00 p.m.Who:Discussion Panelists Include:

  • Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First
  • Martha Davis, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • John Cerone, Center for International Law and Policy, New England Law
  • Christy Fujio, Asylum Program Director, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Laura Rótolo, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Massachusetts
What: Learn about the work of local social justice organizations, hear from experienced human rights practitioners on the relevance of international law to human rights protection, and support the International Justice Resource Center.

Where:  Brown Rudnick LLP, One Financial Center Boston, MA 02111
Download Flier:  http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/BostonHumanRightsNight-2.pdf 

 

Occupy Fort Benning Shut Down the School of the Americas 

WhenNovember 18-20, 2011. 1.00 – 3.00 p.m.

Who: Thousands of social justice activists from across the Americas will occupy the main gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to call for an end to U.S. militarization and for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of Americas

What: The three day convergence will include a massive rally, where thousands will occupy the main gates of the Fort Benning military base in order to transform it from a place that trains assassins to a place of initiation into political awareness. On Sunday, November 20, the chain-linked barbed wire fence will be transformed with images of the martyrs, crosses, stars and flowers into a memorial for the victims of SOA violence and U.S. intervention. Human rights activists will carry their protest onto the grounds of the military base, risking arrest and up to six month in federal prison. The mobilization will include speakers from the NAACP, the Sisters of Mercy, the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA), torture survivors and human rights activists from Latin America as well as plenaries, workshops, concerts, strategy sessions and more. “The SOA provides the military muscle to protect the greed of the 1% at the expense of the 99% throughout the Americas.” said Father Roy Bourgeois, the founder of SOA Watch. “The surge of social justice activism in the U.S. is fueling the call for the closure of this notorious institution.” The SOA/WHINSEC is a U.S. taxpayer-funded military training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. The school made headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Despite this shocking admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the training facility has ever taken place. SOA violence continues in Mexico, where 1/3 of the original members of the Zetas drug cartel were trained at the SOA, and where the U.S. is promoting military solutions to the drug problem. SOA violence continues in Colombia, which has sent more than 10,000 soldiers to train at the SOA, and where SOA graduates are involved with extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights violations. SOA violence continues in Honduras, where SOA graduates overthrew the democratically elected government in 2009. SOA violence continues in Guatemala, where SOA graduate Otto Pérez Molina just won the presidential elections, and throughout the Americas. In October 2011, Time Magazine published the article “Is It Time to Shutter the Americas’ ‘Coup Academy’?:” http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2097124,00.html#ixzz1b9Rvmcbu In August 2011, 69 Members of the House of Representatives delivered a letter to President Obama, calling on the President to shut down the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly the School of Americas (SOA) by executive order. The 69 Representatives including Representative John Lewis from Georgia, Representative Ron Paul from Texas and Representative James McGovern from Massachusetts. To read the letter, visit http://soaw.org/docs/ObamaLetter.pdf On November 4, Representative McGovern introduced H.R. 3368, the Latin America Military Training Review Act, in the House of Representatives. The bill calls for the suspension of the SOA/ WHINSEC and an investigation into the connection between U.S. military training and human rights abuses in Latin America. SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works for the closing the School of the Americas and a change in U.S. foreign policy – www.SOAW.org

The Haiti Justice Alliance Presents: Presented by Lavarice Gaudin. (Wednesday, November 16, 2011)Hunger and Injustice in Haiti: How to Move Forward Event.Who: Lavarice Gaudin, Haitian Agriculture and Human Rights Activist.

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 5.00 pm
What: Hunger and Injustice in HAITI: How to Move Forward with Lavarice Gaudin, the director of What If Foundation’s work in Haiti and a Haitian Agriculture and Human Rights Activist. We hope you’ll join us to hear more about his exciting work, his personal story, and his inspiring vision for Haiti’s agriculture.For more information on the event or on ways to get involved, please contact Natalie Miller: 651-210-1492, mill5118@umn.edu
Where: University of MN, Nolte 140

 

 

The University of Pennsylvania Center for Africana Studies & The Law School Present: The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture . Presented by Mr. Mario Joseph. (Wednesday, November 16, 2011) Who: Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI. What: The Honorable A. Leon Higgenbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture. Please join us Wednesday, November 16, at 5:3o at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law to hear IJDH Haitian affiliate, and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney, Mario Joseph, speak about human rights in Haiti. This Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! For more information contact The Center for Africana Studies at 215-898-4965 or Africana@sas.upenn.edu. When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011. 5:30pm. Where: The University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Silverman 245A. 3400 Chestnut Street. Download Flier:  http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Higgnbthm-Ad.pdf

Enforcing International Human Rights in Developed vs Under-developed Nations: U.S. and  Haiti (Wednesday, November 2, 2011)Who: Moderator – Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law at UC Hastings, current Democracy Fellow at USAID and HRA National Advisory Board Member.Speakers –

  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Programs National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, will speak about coordinating advocacy with local homelessness and housing agencies in the U.S. and the coalition’s results with the UN Special Rappateur on the Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation and the recent U.S. review under the UPR.
  • Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Assistant Director for Haiti Programs at USF School of Law and Board Member of HRA will speak about efforts to halt forced evictions in Haiti’s post-earthquake displacement camps before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and under various UN procedures, including Haiti’s UPR in October.
  • Darya Larizadeh, Human Rights Advocates Graduate Fellow and Law Clerk at the San Francisco Public Defenders Office, will share her research on safeguarding women’s rights to adequate housing in post-disaster recovery in Haiti.

What: A conversation with human rights and housing experts as we examine the use of United Nations and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights instruments, comparing their effectiveness in two countries on opposite ends of the economic spectrum- Haiti & the U.S. The panelists will discuss legal strategies and outcomes from their international advocacy, and how they applied the results domestically to protect housing rights in each of the two countries – including both countries’ recent reviews under the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Where: University of San Francisco School of Law, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, Rm 102
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Download Flier: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Flier-for-Nov-2-event_Final.pdf

Meeting with Mario Joseph at The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation ( Thursday October 27th, 2011)

 

Human Rights in Haiti

Please join us next Thursday evening from 5:30-7pm at the Boston Foundation, to hear IJDH Haitian affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney, Mario Joseph, speak about human rights in Haiti. This exciting event is sponsored by one of IJDH-BAI’s key supporters and partners, the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, who we cannot thank enough for their help in fighting for the rights of Haiti’s poor majority.

Hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The Boston Foundation 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston

Please RSVP to Laura McConaghy at laura.mcconaghy@tbf.org or 617-338-267 no later than Monday, October 24, 2011.
HaitiCorps International’s Handbag Project (Wednesday October 19th, 2011) Who: Haiticorps International When: Wednesday, October 19th 2011. 6:00-10:00pm Where: New York, NY. Pangea Restaurant (178 2nd Ave. Between 11th and 12th) About the Handbag Project: HaitiCorps International is developing a new project with Ann Heckathorn, an American handbag designer and manufacturer. Ann has extensive experience in the handbag industry and a deep knowledge of the entire production and distribution process. Ann will work closely with HCI to select several high-quality and successful designs from her own production runs. These designs will be the foundation of a new series of handbags made in Haiti that will feature beadwork, embroidery, quilting, and crocheting in Haitian artistic and decorative styles. The finished bags will be marketed and sold in the United States. The Handbag Project will pay a fair wage to all employees and will establish a profit-sharing agreement with Haitian partner organizations. Our first partner will be FAVILEK (Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe, or Women Victims Get Up Stand Up), an organization dedicated to helping women who have been victims of violence. For almost twenty years, FAVILEK has fought for justice and reparations for women who were raped, tortured, imprisoned, or abused under the military dictatorship. Today, FAVILEK works with women in relief camps for the internally displaced to document and report instances of rape and other forms of gender-based violence. Through the Handbag Project, HCI and FAVILEK will train women in sewing and other techniques and offer stable employment with a fair wage. A profit-sharing agreement between HCI and FAVILEK will also ensure that the project remains responsive to the needs of Haitians themselves and will allow FAVILEK to expand its much-needed programs to women in precarious situations. $20 suggested donation Unable to attend? Make a donation on our Razoo page: http://www.razoo.com/story/Hci-Handbag-Project Click here to see original flyer: http://haiticorps.givezooks.com/events/haiticorps-international-s-first-ever-fundraising-event “Continuing Legal Education Seminar: The Inter-American System: International Options When Justice is Blocked, October 13, Philadelphia, featuring IJDH’s Brian Concannon”Who: Presentations by the following –
  • Brian Concannon, founder and director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
  • Jeanne Mirer, president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and co-chair of the NLG International Committee
  • Wilma Reverón, Puerto Rican attorney who has represented the independence movement at the United Nations and who has traveled widely throughout Latin America to address decolonization programs and international law.
  • Antoinette Moore, human rights attorney who represents the Mayan peoples in their litigation with Belize of land and natural resource rights.
  • June Lorenzo, in-house counsel for the Pueblo of Laguna, a sovereign nation and counsel with the American Indian Law Alliance. She has focused on the international application of human rights law to indigenous peoples.
  • Mark Rowlinson, staff attorney with the Canadian Steelworkers Union and advocate with the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

What: The CLE will focus on international law and US courts as well as use of the Inter-American system, particularly on issues of indigenous rights, Puerto Rico, and labor rights, as well as options that can be explored when the legal system is otherwise blocked. The CLE will look at the use of the IACHR as well as NAFTA and CAFTA tribunals. Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1800 Market Street Philadelphia, PA When: 1pm – 4pm on October 13th, 2011 CLE admission is $75 for non-Guild attorneys, $60 for Guild members, $50 for International Committee Members, and $25 for law students.

NOTE: For Guild members who would like to join the IC or renew your membership, combine and save! Come to the CLE and join the IC for $65, a savings of $10.
REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.colombiahumanrightsdelegation.org/
For more information, contact international@nlg.org.

18th Annual Thomas J. White Symposium, “From Innovation to Transformation: Partnerships in Action.”Who: Partners In Health What: After months of planning, representatives from our 12 field projects and supporters from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond are finally converging in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Join LIVE at 3 p.m. for the webcast of the 18th Annual Thomas J. White Symposium, “From Innovation to Transformation: Partnerships in Action.” Our goal is to make this year’s Symposium just as, if not more, engaging for you online as it is for the supporters in the room. Here are a few things you can do.

  • Follow #pihsym on Twitter for exclusive web content and to take part in the conversation.
  • Invite your friends. The Symposium is PIH’s biggest event of the year and a great time to introduce your friends and family to our work and global health issues.
  • WATCH! Visit http://www.pih.org/symposium at 3 p.m. EDT for the live webcast.

Where: Sanders Theatre in Harvard’s Memorial Hall in Cambridge When: Saturday, September 24—is the big day, and we can’t wait to join you LIVE at 3 p.m. ActionAid Sponsored Meet and Greet – Thu, Sep. 22 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm – Busboys and Poets, 5th and K St NW Follow Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attorney, for updates from the workshop – @nicoleIJDH. Who: Action Aid What: Join us for a networking, meet and greet with members of the ‘Je Nan Je’ Platform. ‘Je Nan Je’ is a grassroots movement representing over 800,000 Haitians advocating for a more just and inclusive reconstruction process. Attending ‘Je Nan Je’ members will include CROSE Directors and former Minister of Agriculture, Gerald Mathurin, ActionAid Haiti HR Director and co-founder of the Haitian Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Marie Andree St. Aubin, and Coordinator of the National Haitian Netowork for Food Sovereignty and Food Security, Doudou Pierre. Where: BusBoys & Poets @ 5th & K NW, within walking distance of the Convention Center. When: Thursday, September 22, 2011, from 6-8 pm Open Flyer: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/haiti-land-and-housing-rights2.png ActionAid Sponsored Land and Housing Workshop – Thu, Sep. 22 – 8:30am to 3:00pm – United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave NE Follow Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attorney, for updates from the workshop – @nicoleIJDH. Who: Action Aid What: This workshop brings together members of the US international NGO, Haitian Diaspora and academic communities currently working on Haitian land and housing development, agrarian reform, advocacy for US aid accountability in the reconstruction process, IDP camp relief efforts, shelter response, women’s rights and civil society participation with key members of the Haitian ‘Je Nan Je’ Land and Housing Rights grassroots platform, in order to share key findings, identify common advocacy objectives and determine collective reconstruction recommendations to be shared with the US and Haitian governments, multi-lateral institutions and international agencies. Where: United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC When: Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 8:30am-3:00pm Click here to download workshop description: http://ow.ly/6ARLc Please let me know if you can attend either event. We’d love to have you and your great expertise at the table! RSVP: Elise Young, Senior Policy Analyst Phone: +1-202-631-6335 e-mail: elise.young@actionaid.org www.actionaidusa.org Thursday,

September 22: Haiti: A New Beginning, 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference

The panel will discuss opportunities in Haiti in the rebuilding effort. They will also discuss in detail issues regarding economic, physical, and social issues after the tragic earthquake.

Co-Hosted by:

  • Representative Fredricka Wilson
  • Representative Yvette Clarke
  • Representative Meeks
  • Representative Waters
  • Representative Payne

Panel 1:

  • Marcia Dyson – Reverend, We Advance An Haitian Women’s Organization in Cite Soleil, Haiti
  • Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Nichole Lee, President, Trans Africa
  • Jaqueline Charles, The Miami Herald’s Caribbean Correspondent
Moderated by:

Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century Also Invited:

St. Aubin Marie Andre, Original co-founder of Haitian Ministry of Women’s Affairs; Director if ActionAid Haiti Mathurin Gerald, Director of CROSE (Regional Coalition of Southeast NGOs–Coordination Regionale des ONGs de Sudest); late 1990s Minister of Agriculture. What: The January 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti was an international story.  Much has been reported, yet there is still so much to unearth about the aftermath of what many deem to be one of the greatest tragedies in history.  Sharing the same hemisphere as the United States, “Haiti: She’s My Sister” allows the voices of those directly impacted to share their post-earthquake experiences, and to explore why US-Haiti relations must strengthen as we approach the two-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 209-A, Washington, D.C. When: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011: 4-5 pm

Wednesday, September 21: Haiti: She’s My Sister, 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative ConferenceWho: Led by CBCF Fellows Ifeoma Ike, Gregory Tinch and Bianca Oden Panel 1:

  • Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
  • DouDou Pierre- Regional Coordinator, RENHASSA (National Haitian Network for Food Security)
  • Marie Andree St. Aubin- Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, ActionAid Haiti; original co-founder of the Haitian Ministry of Women’s Affairs
  • Gerald Mathurin-Regional Coordinator, KROSE (Regional Coalition of Southern Organizations)
  • Roxanne Paisible-Haiti Advocacy & Research Officer, International Rescue Committee

Panel 2:

  • Etant Dupain- Journalist/Community Organizer/Campaign Educator
  • Jon Bougher- Filmmaker/Documentarian, “Bound By Haiti”
  • Dominique Toussaint- Chair, Mobilize for Haiti
  • Marie Eramithe Delva- Co-founder/Co-director/Executive Secretary, KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims)
  • Jocie Philisin- Project Coordinator, KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims)
  • Remarks by the Honorable Donald M. Payne (NJ-10)
  • Poem by Keren Charles Dongo, Community Engagement Manager, ONE
  • Members of Haiti’s Parliament will also be in attendance.

What: The January 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti was an international story.  Much has been reported, yet there is still so much to unearth about the aftermath of what many deem to be one of the greatest tragedies in history.  Sharing the same hemisphere as the United States, “Haiti: She’s My Sister” allows the voices of those directly impacted to share their post-earthquake experiences, and to explore why US-Haiti relations must strengthen as we approach the two-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 146-A, Washington, D.C. When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12-2 p.m September 14, 2011: IJDH Office Opening Event Who: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) What: Office Opening Celebration — Join us to celebrate the establishment of a Boston-based headquarters for IJDH. Where: IJDH Offices at 666 Dorchester Ave, South Boston MA 01217 When: September 14, 6-8 p.m. RSVPs strongly encouraged. Please email: info@ijdh.org if you’re planning to attend. Download flyer: Office Opening Flyer (pdf) Mesi, thank you, to everyone who has encouraged and supported this endeavor. A special thanks to the following organizations and individuals: Still Harbor, Ed Cardoza and Perry DoughertyRopes & Gray LLP, Board Members, Staff and Supporters Including: Regan Remillard, Al & Diane Kaneb, The McLaughlin Family, The Kelly Family, Alyssa Eisenberg and Rob & Jessica Broggi Please mark your calendars!  More information will follow in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact info@ijdh.orgFor pictures from the celebrationclick here. For videos of some of the event’s impressive speakers, Marie St. Fleur, Esq., Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment and Brian Concannon, IJDH Director, click on the above corresponding links. July 29, 2011: Free Legal Consultation and Assistance with TPS Applications by Catholic Charities When: Friday July 29th Where: Embassy Suites Hotel 661 N.W. 53rd Street, Boa Raton, Florida 33487 What: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) consultations and applications prepared for qualified applicants.  Light snacks will be provided.  RSVP to Catholic Charites (561) 494-0928 leaving your name, number and the code word “TPS event” on the voice mail. July 14, 2011: Kickoff of the National Listening Tour  Who:Haitian Fund for Innovation (NY), Konbit for Haiti (FL), the Lambi Fund (Haiti), and Oxfam America (Boston/DC) in collaboration with the Boston Haitian Reporter What: The kickoff of a national listening tour.  This is the first in a series of working meetings around the country where the diaspora can learn and participate in a conversation in which – the collective Haitian diaspora – can activate the powerful voice of Haitian-Americans for better US policies towards Haiti. This is an opportunity to meet and work with a group of diverse leaders to help craft a common advocacy agenda. When: Thursday, July 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Where: Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street in Roxbury Crossing.

More context and background: Listening Tour Kickoff (PDF)
This is an RSVP-only meeting.  To RSVP and/or get more information, contact Manolia Charlotin at mcharlotin@bostonhaitian.com or 617-436-1222 ext 22.

July 5, 2011: International Activism and the History of Haiti
Who: Roger Annis, Co-founder of Canada Haiti Action Network
What: Roger Annis will speak about his recent humanitarian and organizing work in Haiti, the upcoming Canadian investigative delegation, of which he is a leader, and CHAN’s role in advocating for Haitian autonomy and social justice both in continental North America and Haiti itself. He will also discuss effective solidarity strategies for non-Haiti-based organizations. There will be ample time for discussion, debate, and questions for Roger. Where: 129 Franklin Street Apt 107 Cambridge, MA
When: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 7:00pm Refreshments served.
Please RSVP to r.rattan@gmail.com.

June 7, 2011: Information Session, TPS for Haitian Nationals
Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
What: Information Session, Temporary Protected Status(TPS) for Haitian Nationals Where: Pentecostal Tavernacle Church, 18413 NW 7 Avenue, Miami, FL 33169 When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 7:00-9:00 pm For more information, please go to http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

May 24, 2011: No Such Thing as Tired Fundraiser for Women’s Rights in Haiti Who: Meena Jagannath, BAI Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network(LERN) Legal Fellow
What: The event is a benefit and silent auction of Haitian art to support women’s rights work in Haiti with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)/Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). Proceeds from the event will go towards providing a Haitian public interest law firm (BAI) and grassroots groups with support and access to the international legal and human rights community by funding a Fellow for one year through the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN).
Where:  Polar Lounge in Gramercy, 201 E 24th St at 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10010 When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm For more information, please go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176397

May 24, 2011: Haiti, Where to Next? Who: -Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) -Pierre LaBossiere, Co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee -Jeb Sprague, Graduate student in Sociology at UCSB -Paul Amar, Associate Professor in Sociology in Global and International Studies at UCSB
What: In the aftermath of January 2010 earthquake and the poorly attended presidential election held in March of 2011, what are the immediate and long-term conditiosn unfolding in Haiti? Join us for discussions and a Q&A considering ongoing developments in Haiti and what we can expect over the horizon.
Where: Orfalea Center Seminar Room, 1005 Robertson Gym, Santa Barbara, CA When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

May 19, 2011: The University of California Haiti Initiative at UCSF would like to formally invite you to a panel discussion titled “A Critical Analysis of Global Development and International Aid in Haiti.”

Who: -Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) -Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine -Dr. Ramona Tascoe, a recently appointed International Consultant for health care development for the State University Hospital (HUEH) and Medical School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti -Andrew Maccaulla, Haiti Program Operations Specialist for Direct Relief International
What: Discuss global development and international aid in Haiti through the perspectives and experiences of the panelists
Where: UCSF School of Nursing, N-217, San Francisco, CA When: Thursday, May 19 2011, at 5:00 pm-7:00 pm For more information, please go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221004951244779

May 17, 2011: Canada Haiti Action Network invites you to Free Public Forum with special guest, Brian Concannon. (Canceled)
Who:
 Brian Concannon (Director of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti) What:  Discussion about Political, Legal, and Human Rights Situation in Haiti WhereRoom 5-230, OISE 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When : Tuesday, May 17 2011, at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm For more information, please go to http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/content/attorney-brian-concannon-ijdh-speak-toronto

May 12, 2011: Boston Haitian Reporter Invites you to the First Annual Boston Haitian Honors.
Who: Boston Haitian Reporter HONORARY COMMITTEE: United States Senator John F. Kerry Governor Deval L. Patrick Mayor Thomas M. Menino Hon. Emmanuelle Dupiton Consul General of Haiti State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Partners In Health Edwige Danticat Marie St. Fleur, City of Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, UMass Boston Association of Haitian Pastors Edward W. Forry, Publisher
What: Celebrating 10 years of Chronicling the Haitian-American Experience by Honoring Our Pioneers
Where: Seaport Hotel- 1 Seaport Avenue, Boston MA 02210 When: Thursday, May 12 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

May 9, 2011: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine invites you to find out what your Colleagues do with all that Spare Time
Who: Brigham and Women’s Hospital What: Medicine & the Muse
Where: Cabot Atrium- 45 Francis Street When: Monday, May 9 2011 Exhibition & Hors D’oeuvres at 5:00 p.m. Live Performances at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, please go to http://www.physiciansforhaiti.org/home.cfm

April 28, 2011: Jan nou wè l/”The Way We See It,” an upcoming exhibition of Haitian women’s photography, opening in New York, NY.
Who: Digital Democracy, FAVLIEK, KOFAVIV, KONAMAVID, KONAMSI
What: is a powerful collection of 47 original photographs taken over the last year with donated cameras by more than 30 Haitian women who have been victims of gender-based violence. The collection reflects a year of photography work with Digital Democracy and the photographs capture the women’s post-earthquake reality: tarpaulin shelters, makeshift bathrooms and kitchens. In short, a world with few doors to lock in which no one has private space. The Way We See It allows the world to view Haiti through an as-of-yet unseen perspective: the eyes of Haitian women living in Haiti today. All proceeds from sales of the photos and the corresponding catalog will directly benefit the women who took the photos, and the continued work of Digital Democracy.
Event information & tickets: http://jannouwel.eventbrite.com/
Where: Splashlight Studios, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10003.
When: 7-9pm, Thursday, April 28, 2011.  http://jannouwel.eventbrite.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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