Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A Doctor’s Prescription for Justice in Haiti

Dear friends,In October of this year, “Marie” came into a Partners In Health-supported hospital in Haiti with diarrhea and dehydration. My amazing colleagues at Zanmi Lasante successfully treated her cholera, but that was the easy part. The hard part is the work done by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to end the conditions that exposed Marie to a disease no one should get in the 21st century.The real disease that afflicts Marie and other impoverished Haitians is chronic injustice. Ill health is just a symptom of this deeper problem. Marie left the hospital only to return to the ongoing lack of potable water and sanitation that inflicts cholera and other diseases on millions of Haitians every day. The treatment for these conditions is justice. Justice in the form of […]

Yes, We Are Winning the Fight for Social Justice and Equality in Haiti

 Dear friends,I am writing this letter to thank you for standing with me and my community when we need you the most. If there is a time in my life I can dare to say to my fellow Haitians that better days are ahead of them, it is today.When Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom I called my adoptive father was illegally arrested from 2004-2006 after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, I knew that I had to fight for his freedom. We had an uphill battle because a brutal and illegal government ruled Haiti, using the justice system as a tool of repression. In Haiti we were protesting against Fr. Jean-Juste’s arbitrary arrest while in the United States you were doing your part through donations to Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats […]

#GivingTuesday: Donate Today to Support a Just, Democratic and Prosperous Haiti

Dear Friend, Today is #GivingTuesday, which is an opportunity to fight back! The bad news from so many places can be overwhelming. But there is good news from so many places too, from nonprofits that are fighting, and winning important battles for systemic change, in courts, on the streets, in the press and in legislatures all over the world. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, where we receive the majority of our contributions. Haitians say “men anpil chay pa lou”- many hands make the load light. No one organization is going to stop the global advance of hatred, selfishness and disdain for truth and law, but collectively we are already doing it. At IJDH and our partner the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), our place in the big picture is supporting […]

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