Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

IJDH’s Newest Board Member Discusses Justice at Mount Holyoke College

Joia Mukherjee, IJDH’s newest board member and a long-time collaborator delivered a powerful commencement address at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. The address is a must-read for anyone who cares about justice or healthcare, providing examples from Haiti, Kenya and more of how activism can change the world. Part of the transcript is below. Click HERE for the full text. Commencement Address 2016 May 15, 2016 Following is a transcript of the keynote speech by Joia Mukherjee, the chief medical officer for Partners In Health. Thank you, President Pasquerella, Chairperson Baumann. The faculty, the staff of Mount Holyoke College. And congratulations to my fellow honorary degree recipients. I am very delighted to be here with all of you. Most of all, congratulations to all of you, the class of 2016. [cheers] I am so proud to be one of your classmates! A […]

Mario Joseph (BAI Managing Attorney)’s Remarks at Moravian Honorary Degree Ceremony

On February 9, 2016, Mario Joseph received an honorary Doctorate from Moravian College in Pennsylvania. We are very proud of Mario’s accomplishment and honored to have our human rights work celebrated. ——————————————- Thank you Professor Aziz for that kind introduction. I would like to say “Bonswa”- hello in Haitian Creole- and “Mesi”- thank you- too for inviting me to address you today, and for making me an honorary member of the Moravian College community. Bonswa and Mesi  to President Grigsby and Provost Kosso. Bonswa and Mesi as well to Professor Joyce Hinnefeld. Bonswa to all the other distinguished faculty and students, and mesi  for coming together tonight to discuss human rights in Haiti. It is a special privilege for me to connect with the tradition of popular universal education that Moravian College represents. Because almost 500 years after John Amos […]

Georgette Delinois Speech at Cholera Interfaith Service

Below are remarks from Georgette Delinois, a board member of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East, at the interfaith prayer service for Haitian cholera victims. Georgette Delinois December 11, 2014 Ayibobo frem ak sem yo mwen salye nou e o non de komite ki organize tet kole sa e tout se n ak fre n ki victim maladi kolera a, map di nou mesi anpil pou kantite lanmou e kompasyon ke nou montre avek prezans nou la a Jodi a. Yon ti mo pou zanmi Ameriken yo: Good afternoon peace loving brothers and sisters; on behalf of the Committee that worked so hard to put today’s event together, and on behalf of my Haitian brothers and sisters, victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, I would like to welcome you for the level of compassion you’ve shown by […]

Mario Joseph on rights enforcement as solution to sexual violence in Haiti

In this speech, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney, Mario Joseph, re-frames Haiti’s challenges as the result of a lack of rights enforcement: While many assume that Haiti’s disasters are so severe because of poverty, Mario explains that the true problem lies with human rights, particularly those of women. Poor women are especially vulnerable due to gender discrimination, limited access to the justice system, and economic disenfranchisement. Mario hails grassroots organizing and advocacy by women’s groups as the most effective solution to the problem. May 12, 2014 Speech by Mario Joseph, at a conference entitled, The Initiative for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations, sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and British Embassy Introduction I would like to say Bonjou (buenos dias) and Mesi (gracias) to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy for […]

Mario Joseph’s 2013 Commencement Speech at McKinney School of Law

On May 11, Mario Joseph delivered the commencement address for the graduates of the McKinney School of Law. I would like to say “Bonjou”- hello in Haitian Creole- and “Mesi”- thank you- to Dean Roberts for inviting me to address you today, and for making me an honorary member of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law class of 2013. Bonjou and Mesi as well to my friend and collaborator Professor Fran Quigley. Bonjou to all the other distinguished faculty. To the Graduates of the class of 2013, bonjou, and felisitasyon-yo–congratulations. And last but not least, a big bonjou and a “chapo ba” – a tip of the hat, to all the parents, siblings, significant others, relatives and friends of the members of the class of 2013. In my country, we have a saying: men anpil chay pa […]

Mario Joseph’s Speech for Receiving Honorary Doctorate from USF

First I would like to say Bonjou and Mesi to Father Privett, for the honor of this prestigious award; I’d also like to say Bonjou and Mesi to Dean of the law school, Jeffrey Brand, Professor Dolores Donovan, and Assistant Dean Erin Dolly. Bonjou to all the other distinguished faculty here. To the Graduates of the University of San Francisco College of Arts and Sciences class of 2012, Bonjou, and congratulations. And last but not least, a big bonjou and a “chapo ba” – a tip of the hat,  to all the parents, siblings, relatives and friends of the members of the class of 2012 . In my country, we have a saying: men anpil chay pa lou: many hands make the load light. We know that it takes many hands to carry the load of building a road, a house, a school. […]

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