Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Will Butler of Arcade Fire for IJDH

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

Charlot Lucien: Tough Times, but We Are Still Winning

Dear friends, For many years, I have been a supporter of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and I am proud to continue to support its advocacy and legal work for a just and democratic Haiti. I hope you feel the same way. As a native of Haiti, a media personality and engaged community member in the Haitian-American community in the United States, I have witnessed the work of IJDH closely, particularly in the areas of social justice and in its advocacy for fair immigration policies. I have followed IJDH’s work to hold the United Nations accountable for its role in spreading the cholera epidemic in Haiti. When IJDH and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) took on the cholera case seven years ago, I was for sure skeptical about the outcome. Today, thanks to their advocacy and […]

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

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

Letter to Editor: U.N. must make long-lasting amends to Haiti

This letter was first published by Miami Herald   Re the Nov. 2 oped “U.N. is committed to a new partnership in Haiti that works” by : We welcome U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ concession on the need for U.N. action. But a partnership with Haiti that works requires more than promising words. Admitting that cholera got to Haiti through reckless waste disposal at a U.N. base—as the U.N.’s own experts declared five years ago — would have been a good start. Keeping the U.N.’s existing promises would help too. The former secretary-general announced a “new approach” that included material assistance for victims and a promise to consult them on whether the assistance should include payments to victims or exclusively community projects. Under Guterres’ leadership, the U.N. has taken direct payments off the table and refused to begin consultations. We have […]

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