Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

American Red Cross donations and local organizations

After the 2010 earthquake, many donors were pained to learn how little of their contributions actually went to Haiti. The American Red Cross was a prime example, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. “The reputation of the Red Cross in Haiti is very negative,” Nicole Phillips of IJDH said. In the same way consumers “shop local,” the solution is to give local. Rather than donating to foreign NGOs with high overhead costs to help Haitians after Hurricane Matthew, Edwidge Danticat and others advocate for organizations based in Haiti. Nicole Phillips, who lives in Haiti, said, “By giving money directly to the Haitian network, you’re cutting out a huge sum of cost that otherwise would have to pay for the middleman, for plane tickets, accommodations, et cetera  — it’s going directly to Haitians.” Local organizations, and NGOs with a proven track record, are […]

Will Haiti’s Current Fight for Democracy Lead to Real Change?

In this op-ed, famous actor and humanitarian Danny Glover tracks the progress Haiti has made towards democracy during the current, long-delayed election cycle. While voter participation has been declining in Haiti, Haitians took a stand against international interference in the elections that were originally scheduled in 2015. There was so much backlash against that election process that the results were discarded and it was rescheduled to October 9, 2016. Now, Haitians have a chance at truly electing their next leader and pushing for a more progressive government that responds to the needs of Haiti’s poor majority. ——– Haiti’s First Free Elections In Years Hold Promise Of Bold Progressive Change Danny Glover, The World Post September 19, 2016 The United States isn’t the only country in the midst of a drawn out election campaign marked by voter discontent and demands for bold, new policy […]

IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom Featured in Huffington Post

Beatrice Lindstrom is a human rights lawyer who has been fighting for UN accountability in Haiti for the past 5 years. Growing up in Korea and Sweden, she has always viewed her community as global rather than local, but she only became involved with social justice work when she went to Thailand after the tsunami. During her time in Thailand, Beatrice became aware of the many structural injustices that plague the international community. She attended the NYU School of Law to learn about human rights but never planning on taking the bar examinations. Through her studies and her experiences in Haiti, she realized that litigation was a complement to social justice work and continued with the profession. Beatrice went to Haiti as part of an NYU fellowship where she worked with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). She had only been there only a couple […]

U.S. Peanuts to Haiti Likely to Have Adverse Effect According to Haitians

The U.S. government has a plan to send excess American-grown peanuts to Haiti to feed schoolchildren. For Haitians, this plan is likely to adversely affect the local economy by seeping into local markets and devaluing the already existing, economical peanut industry to negatively affect Haitian peanut farmers. Ted Oswald of the Huffington Post explains the reasons the U.S. wants to send over these peanuts, and why the Haitian farmers are so reluctant to receive this aid. Haitian farmers to the U.S. Government: “No to Free Peanuts!” Ted Oswald, The Huffington Post July 23, 2016 The USDA is planning to ship 500 metric tons of dry-roasted U.S. peanuts to Haiti to feed schoolchildren this fall. Ask Haitian peanut farmer St. Abel Pierre her opinion, and she’ll tell you: she’s worried, and she isn’t alone. Pierre is a lifelong resident of Kabay, an agricultural community set […]

Deadly River Book Traces the Beginning of Haiti Cholera

A new book details the chilling and intricate story of how cholera spread throughout Haiti. To contextualize it though, it is first necessary to understand the complex political situation of the island nation, from corruption to US meddling. Deadly River: Cholera Time Bomb Thrives in Haiti’s Electoral Toxic Soup Georgianne Nienaber, Huffington Post July 4, 2016 If you see something, say something. Don’t get excited. I am not writing about your next- door neighbor operating a weapons and bomb-making warehouse. But I am anxious about one of Haiti’s neighbors, the USA, which professes to be the island nation’s best friend. I have been watching since the 2010 earthquake as the cholera time bomb explodes beyond containment in Haiti’s largest river, the Artibonite. No one is saying much about the creeping loss of life while Haiti undergoes yet another exasperating round of election […]

Will UN Recognition of Water, Sanitation Rights Translate to Cholera Justice?

The United Nations General Assembly recently recognized water and sanitation access as basic human rights but the UN still hasn’t done much to ensure or protect those rights in Haiti, where UN peacekeepers introduced a deadly cholera epidemic in 2010. Now that the UN General Assembly has taken this step, will Haiti’s cholera victims finally have justice? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. General Assembly’s Recognition of the Human Right to Sanitation Should Prompt Action In Haiti Beatrice Lindstrom and Sienna Merope-Synge, Huffington Post – The World Post February 1, 2016 Last month, the UN General Assembly took an important step forward in promoting access to adequate sanitation, unanimously adopting Resolution 70/169 recognizing the right to sanitation as a distinct human right and emphasizing the need for non-state actors as well as States to do […]

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