Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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About Us

IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with 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.

Employment Opportunities

We have no current openings at this time.

Internship Opportunities

2018 Summer Legal Internship

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (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 in partnership with IJDH’s Haiti-based sister organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI).

One of IJDH’s largest projects is UN cholera accountability advocacy. At the end of 2016, after years of litigation and advocacy by IJDH and 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.

The legal interns will assist IJDH 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 Summer 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.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, short writing sample, and contact information for two references. Please send all application materials electronically to hiring@ijdh.org and include “Legal Intern Summer 2018” in the subject line. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, but no later than February 28, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Read the full description of this internship HERE.

Application Procedure

Law students interested in the position of Spring 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 Sienna Merope-Synge (sienna@ijdh.org) by Feb 2, 2018 and include “Legal Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summer 2018 IJDH Development and Communications 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 and in development and financial strategies for small nonprofits.

Read the full description of this internship HERE

 

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.
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Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries: info@ijdh.org
Media Inquiries: media@ijdh.org

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