Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A Rights-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti (Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights)

Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights A Rights-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti By: Meena Jagannath, Nicole Phillips,  & Jeena Shah On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and rendering more than one million homeless. In addition to homes, the disaster destroyed businesses and government buildings. Families lost their life savings, means of livelihood, and access to basic public services, including schools and medical care. In the aftermath of the earthquake, displaced communities continue to live in over 1,000 internal displacement camps in and around Port-au-Prince and confront human rights violations in their struggle to find shelter, water, and food, despite the billions of dollars in aid that has been pledged. Women and girls have reported a terrifying epidemic of sexual violence in the […]

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