July kicks off a long, slow donation drought for many nonprofits, including IJDH. One of our donors has challenged us to buck this trend by raising $5,000 this month—which he will match dollar for dollar—but only for gifts from new donors or those who last donated before July 2014. If you are a current donor, thank you! And you can participate in the campaign by sharing this post with your friends and family. Together, we can earn the $5,000 in no time, keeping the fight for justice in Haiti strong through the summer. Help us keep working for cholera justice, getting activists out of jail, and so much more by joining this campaign. Thank you.
December 31, 2014 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi- Dear Friend, My name is Vladimir Laguerre and I am a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I am the former Foreign Media Liaison Chief to Haiti’s current President [2011-2013]. Before that, I was a sports commentator for Telemax and Tele Métropole in Port-au-Prince and a contractor for the New York Times covering Haiti. My work at the New York Times gave me the chance to better understand how BAI and IJDH’s work is important for establishing prosperity and stability in Haiti. Who can forget the role of these organizations before, during and even after the Raboteau trial? Who can ignore the role of BAI and IJDH in providing justice to the thousands of Haitian victims of MINUSTAH’s cholera?I’d like to take […]
December 30, 2014 Dear Friend, Building a better Haiti and keeping people safe are two of my passions. Through Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), I found a great way to do both this year. When I moved from Haiti to the U.S. as a young adult, I had no money and spoke no English. From humble beginnings bagging groceries and driving a cab, I eventually grew to lead aviation security and emergency management at Boston’s Logan Airport. While I now lead my own security firm, I devote much of my personal time assisting others and giving back to my community because of the challenges I have faced along the way. I joined forces with IJDH and BAI this year because fighting for justice and speaking out can be dangerous work. BAI Managing […]
December 23, 2014 Dear Friends, I’m writing because this year I found an exciting opportunity to make lasting positive change in Haiti by supporting the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP), at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). I hope that you will consider joining me in this meaningful and empowering initiative. I knew that the trauma of rape is complicated and has many repercussions—personally and culturally. I had read that the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was a time of great vulnerability and fear, when rapes increased dramatically, particularly in the camps where 1.5 million were forced to live. But it was not until this year that I learned I could do something about it. As an advantaged white Latina living in the States most of my life, I’ve been aware of but […]
December 18, 2014 Dear Friend, I have seen so much change in Haiti in my lifetime. If you could see what I see daily, you would be filled with hope for my country too. I see Haitian solutions bringing justice. And justice bringing hope for stability and prosperity. Every day, our office in Port-au-Prince is filled with grassroots activists organizing, holding press conferences and strategizing with our team of lawyers. From there, the activists go out to change the unjust structures that keep the Haitian people down. Women’s groups pack courtrooms, changing the dynamics that intimidate rape victims and even make their lawyers feel uncomfortable. Demonstrators attract national and international attention to social issues, and that attention brings pressure for change. Labor leaders return to their unions with the legal tools they need to enforce their rights and earn their […]