Dear [[Short_Salutation]], I know that many of you in the U.S. and elsewhere are concerned about the future. We are concerned in Haiti too—the 21st Century has already brought us a coup d’état, manipulated elections, intense political oppression, an earthquake, a cholera epidemic and several deadly hurricanes. Haitians often say “kenbe fem”- “hang in there”, “stand firm”. We use it casually, when friends take leave to face the daily challenges of life here. We use it more seriously, too, to encourage each other to stay strong in the face of particularly weighty challenges. We not only hang in there, but we resist, mobilize and fight back. We successfully reversed the 2004 coup, stopped manipulated elections last January, survived the earthquake and hurricanes, and earlier this month, forced the UN to respond justly to its cholera epidemic. Our secret to success […]
Dear Friend, 1. Press play. 2. Pat yourself on the back. 3. Smile! Sincerely, Kermshlise Picard Communications Coordinator
Greetings, It has been an honor to work in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) over the last several years. They have been a strong force fighting for social justice and for human and civil rights in Haiti. As a State Senator, I have seen firsthand IJDH’s work with the Haitian diaspora and friends of Haiti. The devastating earthquake of 2010 led to my partnership with IJDH and other community organizations, in response to the disaster. Petitioning our government to allow a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program for people already approved for visas in Haiti was no small feat, yet IJDH was there with us collecting signatures. Before long, President Barack Obama granted HFRP for Haitian families. IJDH led the charge addressing the cholera epidemic by […]
Dear Friend, As the holiday celebrations approach, please join the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in celebrating a year of victories for justice in Haiti. Along with our collaborators in Haiti and abroad, we have made historic and sustainable impact in 2016, including: •The United Nations admitted involvement in bringing cholera to Haiti and announced $400 million to fight cholera and support the cholera victims. This is a big step forward—it will save hundreds of lives and alleviate misery for tens of thousands of families. Smaller victories along the way included: •A series of reports from UN Human Rights experts urging the UN to respect the cholera victims’ human right to compensation; •Letters from 160 Members of the U.S. Congress—Democrats and Republicans—calling on the U.S. State Department to seek a […]
Dear Friend, This is no ordinary triumph. This is historic. This is the moment that the Irish poet Seamus Heaney foretold as the rising up of that “once in a lifetime…longed-for tidal wave of justice,” when “hope and history rhyme.” When the leader of 193 nations apologized on December 1 from his grand carpeted chamber at the UN to millions of Haitians, many with dirt floors, the poles of power began to shift. The earth shuddered a “great sea-change on the far side of revenge.” It didn’t come about without hope. It also didn’t materialize without your unfailing support. And it would not have been possible without a scrappy band of Haitian and international lawyers, interns, and their allies at the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) […]
Why give to your favorite nonprofits only on November 29? At IJDH, we declare that it is #GivingTuesday this entire week. Please donate now to help us keep fighting for protection for activists, fair U.S. policy towards Haitians, cholera justice, rape accountability, fair elections, civic engagement and more. Activism and advocacy are more important now than ever. We can’t do it without you. Help IJDH Fight for Fair Treatment of Haitians in the U.S.! Giving Tuesday: Don’t Just Get Mad, Get Justice! …………….