Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Accepting Development & Comms Internship Applications for Spring 2020

We are seeking Development & Communications Interns for Spring 2020 IJDH Spring Development and Communications Internship A semester-long internship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in communications, international human rights, and advocacy. Apply by: January 17, 2020

Haiti TPS Documents Now Automatically Valid to January, 4, 2021 by Operation of Law

On November 4, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a new Federal Register Notice (“FRN”), extending the validity of Haiti TPS work permits and documents again, this time to January 4, 2021. The Federal Register is the U.S. Government’s official publication; its notices have the force of law.  Importantly, no Haitian with TPS needs to pay or do anything to benefit from this extension, which is automatic.  You do NOT need to re-register or file anything; just inform your employer or the DMV about this new FRN. As it states, “DHS is automatically extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan, as specified in this notice. Such TPS-related documentation will remain in effect through January 4, 2021, from the current expiration dates of [January 2, […]

La Saline Massacre: One Year Anniversary

PDF Version Here xxx One year ago today, on November 13, 2018, residents in La Saline, Port-au-Prince awoke without knowing the horrors that awaited them: a 13 hour-long assault on their neighborhood by armed gangs with state-actor support. Over the past 12 months there has been little progress towards justice for victims. In a climate of impunity, attacks on civilians are intensifying in Haiti. xxx What happened that day? 71 people executed, women and children amongst them. At least 11 women raped, some while their children watched. More than one hundred and fifty homes destroyed. Several reports have suggested state involvement in the events in La Saline, including reports from Haiti’s National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) and UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Haiti’s national directorate of judicial police. […]

As the UN leaves Haiti, its victims still wait for justice, An Op-Ed by Sandra Wisner

Originally Published on Al Jazeera French Translation Here Op-Ed written by Sandra Wisner, IJDH Bertha Fellow Today, the UN ends its 15-year long peacekeeping presence in Haiti. Ostensibly sent to reinforce security, build rule of law and promote human rights, UN peacekeepers leave a more problematic legacy, marred by human rights violations. Notably, this week’s drawdown comes nine years after peacekeepers sparked one of the deadliest cholera epidemics of modern times in the country. The organisation’s ongoing failure to remedy these harms – not only from cholera, but also peacekeeper sexual abuse and other violence towards civilians – has deeply undermined its legitimacy in Haiti. It also risks crippling the UN’s proposed new 30-member political mission, due to begin tomorrow and charged with promoting political stability and good governance in the context of a growing political stalemate and human rights crisis in Haiti. In June 2004, for the […]

Accepting Legal Internship Applications for Spring 2020

We are seeking Spring 2020 Legal Interns IJDH Spring Legal Internship A semester-long internship for current 2L, 3L or LLM students with a demonstrated background in human rights, social justice and/or international law. Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until placements are filled.

Hearing Before Regional Human Rights Body Leads to Request for Site Visit to Haiti

A summary of IJDH and BAI’s visit to the Inter-American Commission of Human rights for a thematic hearing on the intersection and humanitarian impacts of corruption and social justice in Haiti.  [xxx] xxx Update 12/1/19: The Inter American Commission on Human Rights confirms that Haiti has invited the Commission to conduct a country visit. Proposed dates are December 12-17, 2019. Update 9/27/19: Monday, September 23rd at the IAHCR hearing, IJDH and BAI said an accountable response to the massacre in La Saline would include the removal of the senior, government officials implicated. Fednel Monchery (Director General of the Ministry of the Interior) and Richard Duplan (Delegate of the West Department)  were removed from their posts, this week. Also, this week, the Prosecutor responsible for oversight of those cases, Paul Eronce-Villard, who presented for the government of Haiti at Monday’s hearing, […]

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