Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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

About Us Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (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 seeks legal interns to work on advocacy and legal cases, including our groundbreaking work to hold the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and other human rights projects on an as-needed basis […]

Nicolas Lemay-Hébert Interviewed Brian Concannon on UN Accountability for Haiti’s Cholera

This Interview was first published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hébert interviewed Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), on 22 July 2017. IJDH, along with its sister group, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti, have spearheaded a campaign to push the United Nations (UN) to recognize its responsibility in bringing cholera to Haiti, a decision that will certainly have ramifications for the future of international peacekeeping. In the name of thousands of victims in Haiti, IJDH has decided to sue the United Nations in New York for their responsibility in bringing cholera to the country. Can you tell us more about the genesis of the campaign and why IJDH has decided to address this specific issue? As soon as the outbreak was reported, Haitians started pointing at the UN base in […]

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 form […]

Will Butler of Arcade Fire for IJDH

Dear Friend, My day job is playing in a rock and roll band, and through my travels in the last decade I’ve been incredibly lucky to witness the work of IJDH. I’ve seen them work to hold the UN accountable for its role in spreading cholera in Haiti, representing those who were (and still are!) directly harmed. After six long years—thanks to their advocacy and legal work—the UN apologized and promised a renewed fight against cholera. And now I see IJDH still working to make the UN live up to its apology, and fund its promises to eradicate cholera and compensate the victims. I’ve also met up with IJDH and made late night phone calls to Congress from the bar Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. I’ve danced with their lawyers at the Hotel Florita in Haiti after the Kanaval parade […]

Charlot Lucien: Tough Times, but We Are Still Winning

Dear friends, For many years, I have been a supporter of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and I am proud to continue to support its advocacy and legal work for a just and democratic Haiti. I hope you feel the same way. As a native of Haiti, a media personality and engaged community member in the Haitian-American community in the United States, I have witnessed the work of IJDH closely, particularly in the areas of social justice and in its advocacy for fair immigration policies. I have followed IJDH’s work to hold the United Nations accountable for its role in spreading the cholera epidemic in Haiti. When IJDH and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) took on the cholera case seven years ago, I was for sure skeptical about the outcome. Today, thanks to their advocacy and […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ten Mothers of 11 Children Abandoned by UN Peacekeepers Bring a legal action to Recover Child Support and Establish Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    PRESS Contact:  Mario Joseph, Managing Lawyer, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +509-4645-2888 (Haiti) (English, French, Haitian Creole) Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody Port-au-Prince, December 11, 2017 – After having been impregnated and abandoned by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers, ten Haitian women brought claims for child support and to establish custody against the fathers with a Court of First Instance in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. One of the mothers was 17 years old when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law. The soldiers have since returned to Uruguay, Argentina, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, leaving the women to care for the children without support. The petitioners seek a legal order in accordance with international and Haitian law, including a Haitian Decree of September 14, 1983 that authorizes […]

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