Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A Human Rights-based Approach to Disaster Response in Haiti

While the devastation of Hurricane Matthew recalled the human rights crises that followed Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, it also brought up a topic that wasn’t discussed as much after the earthquake: a rights-based approach to disaster relief. According to international law, a human-rights-based approach entails capacity-building, participation, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination. Applying all of these principles will allow organizations and funders to truly collaborate with Haitian people and organizations to make sure that there is lasting change long after debris from the Hurricane has been cleaned up. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Applying Human Rights Principles to Disaster Response Karen Ansara and Brian Concannon, International Human Rights Funders Group November 2, 2016 Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti provides both a historic opportunity and a daunting challenge to funders who care about human rights. We […]

Karen Ansara Letter December 27, 2012

Dear Friend, If you are a builder like my husband, there is no day more satisfying than the day when the ribbon is cut. All the digging, all the framing, all the assembly come together in the finished product. A foreman and a highly coordinated team make a two dimensional blueprint metamorphose into a three dimensional edifice. When Jim and I first became engaged in Haiti, our intention was to help rebuild Haiti’s physical infrastructure decimated by the earthquake. It was not long before we realized that Haiti’s social, economic and political infrastructure needed to be rebuilt, too, as the foundation for any meaningful reconstruction. Haiti has a constitutional blueprint–but its parameters are often ignored. As in any country, civil society organizations must be strong enough to challenge the government to put principles into practice. If the political landscape of a society […]

Why I Support Building Justice in Haiti

  Dear Brian and Marcy, If you are a builder like my husband, there is no day more satisfying than the day when the ribbon is cut.  All the digging, all the framing, all the assembly come together in the finished product.  A foreman and a highly coordinated team make a two dimensional blueprint metamorphose into a three dimensional edifice. When Jim and I first became engaged in Haiti, our intention was to help rebuild Haiti’s physical infrastructure decimated by the earthquake.  It was not long before we realized that Haiti’s social, economic and political infrastructure needed to be rebuilt, too, as the foundation for any meaningful reconstruction.  Haiti has a constitutional blueprint–but its parameters are often ignored.  As in any country, civil society organizations must be strong enough to challenge the government to put principles into practice. If the political landscape […]

Letter to Congressman: Protection of Haitian Human Rights Attorney Mario Joseph, Victim of Death Threats

Octo­ber 26, 2012 Karen Ansara The Honorable John F. Tierney U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Dear Representative Tierney: I am sorry I cannot join you tomorrow morning for the breakfast in Gloucester, but was grateful I could say hello a couple weeks ago at the reception at the Hawthorne Hotel.  I know this is an absurdly highly pressured time for you, and so I regret having to make an urgent request.  As I briefly mentioned to you in Salem, I am extremely concerned for the safety of the leading human rights attorney in Haiti, Mario Joseph, Esq.  Given your position as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I am hoping you can intervene on behalf of Mr. Joseph.  I am attaching a number of documents […]

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