Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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About Us

The Institute for Justice & Democracy (IJDH) in Haiti and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have over 20 years of demonstrated success enforcing Haitians’ human rights, in Haiti and abroad. We work in four areas: 1) impact litigation that opens the doors of Haitian, international and U.S. courts to precedent-setting human rights cases; 2) documentation that provides public officials, human rights advocates and grassroots activists the reliable information they need to speak up for human rights in Haiti; 3) transnational grassroots advocacy that compels governments and powerful institutions in Haiti and abroad to respect Haitians’ human rights; and 4) systemic capacity building that develops a corps of Haitian human rights lawyers and advocates trained to fight for sustainable change in their country.

Employment Opportunities

We have no current openings at this time.

Internship Opportunities

Fall 2018 Legal Internship

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is seeking 1-2 legal interns (for a minimum of 10 hours per week) to work on advocacy to secure a just UN response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti. At the end of 2016, after years of litigation and advocacy by IJDH and its Haiti-based sister organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the UN issued an unprecedented public apology for the organization’s role in causing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in Haiti, and announced the launch of a new $400 million plan to improve cholera elimination efforts and provide material assistance to victims.

IJDH is seeking legal interns to contribute to our ongoing cholera accountability work to ensure that the UN plan is fully funded and implemented in a manner that responds to the organization’s legal obligations and the victims’ human rights. The Fall Legal Internship is an opportunity for highly motivated law students to participate in developing high-level, cutting-edge advocacy strategies within the UN system and among member states, and to contribute to the design and implementation of a prospective reparations process. Legal Interns will work closely with attorneys based in New York or Boston in a high-paced and exciting environment, on a case that is attracting global attention and breaking new ground on international organization accountability.

Click HERE to read the full description of this internship.

Apply today

Law students interested in the position of Fall Legal Intern should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, short writing sample, and contact information for two references as soon as possible. Please send all application materials electronically to by July 27, 2018 and include “Legal Intern Fall 2018” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall 2018 Communications and Development Internship

IJDH is looking for Communications and Development interns to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy, development and financial strategies for small nonprofits.

Interns and volunteers at IJDH are unpaid, but this position but will provide significant training in nonprofit administration, development, and communication.

IJDH will also work with student applicants who elect to obtain school credit. Both part-time and full- time positions are available. Part-time interns commit to a minimum schedule of 20-30 hours per week, working at least two days of the week out of the Boston office. Strong preference for a full-time candidate willing to commit to more than four months.

Click HERE to read the full description of this internship.

Apply Today: Send a cover letter and resume to Ashley Armand at and include “Development and Communications Fall 2018” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 8/20/2018
Internship Start Date: 09/04/2018

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you fluent in French and/or Kreyol? IJDH needs you. We have a great need for people who can translate both from French and/or Kreyol into English, and vice versa. Some knowledge of and/or familiarity with legal terms is helpful for many documents, but not all. If you have experience translating and are readily available by email, please CONTACT us.

Are you familiar with Twitter and/or other social media platforms? IJDH and some of our partner organizations could benefit from your willingness to help us share news. Please let us know if you would like to help with our advocacy campaigns. Questions? Interested in signing up? Email us today!


Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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