Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Monthly Review: May 2011


Your Monthly Update: May 2011

Zero Reported Rapes in Camp Security Pilot Project;

IJDH Attorney Nicole Phillips Discusses What the Election of President Martelly means for Haiti;

Haiti Affiliate, The Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux, sues Mayor for Terrorizing Earthquake Victims During Unlawful Evictions 


Housing Crisis
IJDH Haitian affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sues Delmas Mayor Wilson Jeudy for terrorizing victims during unlawful camp evictions

BAI announced on May 31, 2011 that they are suing Delmas Mayor Wilson Jeudy for “for his recent spree of illegal evictions in displace­ment camps created after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.” Arriving at many camps with no warning, Haitian National Police units are attacking the camps, looking for criminals and assaulting residents in the process. While human rights defenders, Congress members, and grassroots groups are speaking out against the forced evictions, President Martelly has yet to place a moratorium on evictions and has not created a plan to make adequate housing available to people displaced by the earthquake.

Press Release:BAI sues Delmas Mayor Wilson

Messages from the Ground: A First Person Account of the Forced Expulsions of Earthquake Survivors 

Excerpts from the International Forum on the Crisis of Housing

Immigration Rights
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is extended and re-designated!

IJDH helped secure TPS’s redesignation to include as many as 10,000 Haitians who arrived in the United States up to a year after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. Now at least two immigration goals remain: the parole of Haitian approved beneficiaries and stopping resumed removals of persons with underlying criminal convictions.

Press Release: Haitian TPS Extended and Redesignated 

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Women’s Rights

IJDH is working with partners at the Goldin Institute and KOFAVIV on a pilot Security and Sensitization Project with positive results: zero reported rapes in the area it was implemented.

In partnership with the Goldin Institute and KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims, a Haitian grassroots women’s group and RAPP partner), the BAI & IJDH are coordinating a pilot community security and sensitization patrol in a displacement camp to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, demonstrating that the effectiveness of community-based, women-designed and low-cost solutions. Since the project’s start there are no reported rapes, and sexual violence against women has considerably decreased in the area where the project was implemented.

More information about Rape Accountability and Prevention Project

See pictures from Goldin Institute’s visit to Haiti 

Duvalier Prosecution 

IJDH Denounces Shortcomings in Conduct of Duvalier Prosecution

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)con­tinue to express their outrage at the cavalier manner in which the prosecution of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is being conducted. Along with Duvalier’s absence in court, Duvalier continues to live a lavish lifestyle since his unexpected return in Haiti. However, there is still progress being made in bringing him to justice, thanks in part to your generous donations.

Press Release:BAI files a complaint on behalf of another Duvalier victim

Read press coverage

Read IJDH press release

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights explains Haiti’s legal duty to prosecute Duvalier

Representatives from the Goldin Institute visited Haiti and enjoyed delicious mangos in the BAI’s newly reconstructed kitchen.

In partnership with the Goldin Institute and KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims, a Haitian grassroots women’s group and RAPP partner), the BAI & IJDH are coordinating a pilot community security and sensitization patrol in a displacement camp to protect women and girls from gender-based violence. The project hired 25 male agents in February 2011 to patrol and give sensitization trainings in a camp in downtown Port-au-Prince. The agents report that sexual violence against women has considerably decreased since the inception of the project, and there are no reported rapes so far in the month of May in the area where the project was implemented.

See more pictures from their visit here

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IJDH Board

– Brian Concannon Jr., Esq.

– Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

– Laura Flynn, MFA

– Ira Kurzban, Esq.

– Bryan Stevenson, Esq.

– Irwin Stotzky, Esq.

For more information about the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) or human rights in Haiti, see our website, To receive Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts (monthly), subscribe here. To keep us fighting on the front lines for justice in Haiti, donate here

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