Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Review: BAI/IJDH Work Is “more lasting than material aid”

An excellent review of Fran Quigley’s How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: Activists, Lawyers, and the Grassroots Campaign. This review outlines the challenges to democracy that Haiti has faced and how BAI and IJDH, since 1994 and 2004 (respectively), have been there to fight for justice. Part of the review is below. Click HERE for the full text. How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, by Fran Quigley Tom F. Driver, The Christian Century December 16, 2015 Whenever I return from Haiti I am asked if there is any hope for the country. I reply that when I am in the United States and hearing the news I do not think so. But when I am in Haiti among Haitians I believe there is. The internationally known physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer, whose legendary work in Haiti began in the 1980s, sometimes says that […]

“Earthquakes are unavoidable. Human rights tragedies are not.”

Though Haiti’s 2010 earthquake claimed many more lives, Haiti’s 2010 (and ongoing) cholera epidemic is even more tragic. When peacekeepers of the world’s foremost promoter of human rights, the United Nations, brought cholera to Haiti, many expected human rights to be respected and the epidemic to be stifled. Instead, the UN has spent five years dodging accountability. What does this mean for the future of the UN in trying to uphold human rights in Haiti and other countries worldwide? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Earthquake Was Devastating. The Cholera Epidemic Was Worse. If someone had poisoned New York’s water supply and killed 9,000 people, it would have been the most litigated public health disaster of all time. But when it happened in Haiti? Nothing. Fran Quigley, Foreign Policy in Focus October 14, 2015 […]

Demand for Cholera Justice Continues to Increase

Professor Fran Quigley, of Indiana University’s Robert H McKinney School of Law, reflects on the enormous outpouring of support for the cholera victims’ appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In total, 86 legal practitioners, organizations, academics and former UN officers submitted 6 briefs before the court in support of the cholera victims’ struggle for justice. In this IndyStar article, Professor Quigley commends the broad coalition of support, noting that the briefs should certainly ‘make UN leadership sit up and take notice.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Quigley: UN has promises to keep in Haiti Fran Quigley, Indy Star July 10, 2015 The announcement by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti was only a slight exaggeration: “Everyone Tells UN to Fulfill Its Legal Obligations to Haiti Cholera Victims.” […]

Speak Out for Haiti Seeks Volunteer

Volunteer Position—Speak Out for Haiti          Speak Out for Haiti ( provides resources for U.S. friends of Haiti to advocate for policies that will enhance stability and prosperity in Haiti, and learn about political and institutional challenges to justice and democracy in the country. With a particular attention to connecting the many U.S. faith-based Haiti charitable and service efforts to advocacy, we provide educational resources as well as email and social media alerts. The mission is to provide U.S. friends of Haiti with reliable information as well as regular opportunities to take action in support of our Haitian brothers and sisters. Position Description: A volunteer is needed to help move Speak Out for Haiti up to the next level by increasing its membership and improving its communications and action alerts. The Volunteer will coordinate the drafting and […]

Author Fran Quigley’s Book Tour 2015

Fran Quigley’s next speaking engagement is a panel discussion at Harvard University. It will take place at Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall, on March 24, 2015 from 4:30 to 6pm. The other panelists will discuss the Haiti/DR citizenship conflict, rights for people with disabilities in Haiti, and human rights in Haiti in general. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. There will also be some books available for purchase. Below is information on Fran’s past talks this semester. ——————————————————————– IJDH webinar on Thursday, February 12 at 8pm. Recording available here. Indiana Council on World Affairs talk on January 21, 2015: Reception 5:30-6:15 pm, Dinner 6:15 pm, Talk 7:00 pm, Adjournment 8:30pm The Willows: 6729 Westfield Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (South of 75th St, just north of the White River bridge on Westfield Blvd, east side of street)

Summer Reading: Learn How BAI and IJDH Fight for Justice in Haiti

Carol Strazer March 2015 Not since Tracy Kidder’s masterful narrative of Mountains beyond Mountains have I found an author who could provide a clearer picture of Haiti and some of the people who work there. Unlike Mountains… Quigley’s well-researched book studies Haiti’s broad, systemic difficulties. Yet, like Tracy Kidder, Fran Quigley shines hope on Haiti’s future as he includes in his book, not one, but two courageous men—one American, one Haitian—and their supporters, as they apply the tools of their lawyerly trade in the pursuit of Haitian human rights. Author Fran Quigley delves further into Haiti’s complicated problems and explains the challenges Haiti faces. He methodically constructs each chapter with interviews, facts, and observations. For those readers concerned about our poorest neighbor and its struggles with human rights abuses, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, and the cholera epidemic, this […]

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