Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)’s Executive Director, Brian Concannon told a crowd that Trump’s Vulgar remark is an insult to the dignity of the Haitian people. Concannon said, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Watch him addressing the rally in Haitian-Creole.
About Us Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology, and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with routinely excellent legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. 2018 Legal Internship IJDH seeks legal interns to work on advocacy and legal cases, including our groundbreaking work to hold the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and other human rights projects on an as-needed basis […]
Dear Friends, President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries are hateful, ignorant and harmful to Haitians and to the United States. His policies that flow from this same hate and ignorance are even more harmful, especially the November 20 termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS termination harms the 50,000 Haitians with TPS and their 27,000 U.S. born-children, but also the families, communities and workplaces where they contribute every day.Your elected representatives in Congress can reverse the TPS termination, and you can make them do it. There are several initiatives right now on Capitol Hill, such as including TPS holders in budget negotiations (that provoked the President’s outburst) and several introduced bills to protect TPS-holders and find permanent solutions. Republicans in Congress have a special opportunity and obligation to stand up against racism, as the majority party. […]
This Interview was first published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hébert interviewed Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), on 22 July 2017. IJDH, along with its sister group, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti, have spearheaded a campaign to push the United Nations (UN) to recognize its responsibility in bringing cholera to Haiti, a decision that will certainly have ramifications for the future of international peacekeeping. In the name of thousands of victims in Haiti, IJDH has decided to sue the United Nations in New York for their responsibility in bringing cholera to the country. Can you tell us more about the genesis of the campaign and why IJDH has decided to address this specific issue? As soon as the outbreak was reported, Haitians started pointing at the UN base in […]
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 […]
Dear Friends,Times are tough for those of us who care about justice in our world. But the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) were built for tough times, and so are you. You are a vital part of the network of supporters that have won “impossible” victories for the Haitian people for over two decades: ✓ Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had the support of Haiti’s President and prosecutors, but in 2014 the Appeals Court declared in our case that Duvalier must stand trial, thus showing tyrants that they could be pursued as long as necessary; ✓ Haiti had one of the world’s weakest judiciaries, but our Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000 was hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecutions ever in the Americas. Will you consider a year-end gift to help us keep […]