Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A legal solution for Haiti

By Mass. Lawyers Weekly Staff, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly January 22nd, 2013 Three years ago this month, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and over a million homeless. The tragedy helped shed light on the country’s struggles with housing and health care. But the head of a Boston-based organization says many of those problems can be addressed through legal services. “The reason they’ve been unable to resettle people displaced by the earthquake is the court system can’t say with certainty who owns much of the land,” says Brian E. Concannon Jr., director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. “This happens over and over. A non-governmental organization gets funding and wants to build and buy land, and they find that eight different people claim to own it.” A former attorney at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, Concannon left big-firm life to pursue […]

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