Health and Human Rights in Prisons Project (HHRPP)
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Partners in Health (PIH) and Zanmi Lasante (ZL), launched the Health and Human Rights in Prisons Project (HHRPP) to improve conditions in Haiti’s notoriously miserable prisons.
The HHRPP combines the organizations’ recognized expertise in law and healthcare, in both delivery of services and advocacy, to holistically address the violations of prisoners’ civil, political, social and economic human rights.
The project addresses prolonged pretrial detention and horrific prison conditions by systematizing the delivery of health and legal services to individual prisoners and advocating for broader, systemic reforms. In the course of treating prisoners, ZL health care workers often hear of political and civil rights violations that the BAI can address. As BAI legal representatives discuss prisoners’ legal situations, they often are the first to uncover illnesses and the need for treatment or to discover that medical treatment has been interrupted.
Together we are developing a model, integrated human rights approach to prisons that ensures that prisoners receive the medicine and treatment they need to remain healthy and the legal services they need to ensure that their cases are handled promptly and justly.
Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)
The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map)
Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL)