Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Make Justice Happen: Join IJDH as a Legal Intern this Spring to Fight for Cholera Justice in Haiti

About Us IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with 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 is seeking legal interns to contribute to our ongoing cholera accountability work to ensure that the UN plan is fully funded and implemented in a manner that responds to the organization’s legal obligations and the victims’ human rights. The Spring Legal Internship is […]

Don’t Just Get Outraged, Get Justice: Fight Back Against President Trump’s Racism

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. […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 816-2815 IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) would like to thank the Haitian people for the privilege of joining their struggle for justice over the last fourteen years.  Haitians founded the modern human rights movement when they abolished slavery in 1804— before any other country. The first Black Republic provided critical support to anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles in the United States, Latin American countries and many others. Haitians continue to be a model and an inspiration for the human rights movement, as they fight for justice, sovereignty and human rights on a daily basis with principle, compassion and courage. On the eighth anniversary of […]

A Doctor’s Prescription for Justice in Haiti

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 […]

Yes, We Are Winning the Fight for Social Justice and Equality in Haiti

 Dear friends,I am writing this letter to thank you for standing with me and my community when we need you the most. If there is a time in my life I can dare to say to my fellow Haitians that better days are ahead of them, it is today.When Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom I called my adoptive father was illegally arrested from 2004-2006 after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, I knew that I had to fight for his freedom. We had an uphill battle because a brutal and illegal government ruled Haiti, using the justice system as a tool of repression. In Haiti we were protesting against Fr. Jean-Juste’s arbitrary arrest while in the United States you were doing your part through donations to Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats […]

#GivingTuesday: Donate Today to Support a Just, Democratic and Prosperous Haiti

Dear Friend, Today is #GivingTuesday, which is an opportunity to fight back! The bad news from so many places can be overwhelming. But there is good news from so many places too, from nonprofits that are fighting, and winning important battles for systemic change, in courts, on the streets, in the press and in legislatures all over the world. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, where we receive the majority of our contributions. Haitians say “men anpil chay pa lou”- many hands make the load light. No one organization is going to stop the global advance of hatred, selfishness and disdain for truth and law, but collectively we are already doing it. At IJDH and our partner the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), our place in the big picture is supporting […]

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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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