Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 2.36.17 PMMARIO JOSEPH, AV., BAI MANAGING ATTORNEY, has co-managed and managed the BAI since 1996, and has practiced human rights and criminal law since 1993. The New York Times called him, “Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer” in 2006. Mario spearheaded the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented dozens of jailed political prisoners, in Haitian courts and in complaints before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2013, Mario was a finalist for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. In 2014, Mario and Brian Concannon were awarded the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. In 2009, Mr. Joseph received the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award from the Center for Justice & Accountability and the Katherine and George Alexander Human Rights Prize from the University of Santa Clara Law School.Mario has testified as an expert on Haitian criminal procedure before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in U.S. courts, and served on the Haitian government’s Law Reform Commission. Mr. Joseph is also an educator, and a graduate of Haiti’s Teachers’ College. He has extensive experience teaching human rights and legal issues to grassroots advocacy organizations, human rights groups and victims’ organizations. Contact: mario@ijdh.org


FRANCISCKA LUCIEN, MA, IJDH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, joined IJDH as Executive Director in July 2019. She is a committed advocate for social justice, and an experienced international development professional skilled in strategic management, fundraising, communications and advocacy. Her work focuses on the intersection of equity, health, and a rights-based approach to development. She served as Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships for Partners In Health (PIH) in Liberia, coordinating with under-served communities, non-governmental organizations, the Ministry of Health, and international organizations to improve delivery of critical health services in the wake of Liberia’s Ebola epidemic. She worked extensively in Haiti, leading key projects to strengthen public delivery systems for health care, and implementing the human right to health for rural, marginalized communities. Before entering the nonprofit field, she worked in advocacy and communications, helping clients across sectors on communications, issues management, and advocacy strategies. Franciscka’s role as Executive Director works to advance accountability and recognition of human rights, in collaboration with the Institute’s Haiti-based partner organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. She holds an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She speaks English, French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Contact:  franciscka@ijdh.org

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