Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti


Join Mario Joseph and an all-star panel in NY to discuss gender-based violence in Haiti.


Violence against women and sexual exploitation of girls is a problem in many countries around the world. In Haiti, however, the problem is exacerbated by poverty, a lack of public education about rights and widespread insecurity.  Survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) have had little recourse in the Haitian justice system, both because of structural weakness and the attitudes of police officers. In addition, factors such as social stigma lead to the underreporting of sexual violence. This panel will discuss in depth the scope of the problem, strategies for combating GBV in Haiti, and what partners and allies outside of Haiti can do to support advocacy there.


Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

Eramithe Delva, co-founder and head of Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim (KOFAVIV) (Commission of Women Victims for Victims), a Haitian organization dedicated to providing legal and medical support to women victims of sexual violence.

Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), a public interest law and human rights organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Paula Donovan, co-founder of AIDS Free World, an organization that advocates for addressing the myriad of underlying factors that allow for AIDS to proliferate, especially in vulnerable communities.

Moderated by Kerry McLean, human rights lawyer and board member of the National Lawyers Guild.


Church Center of the United Nations
771 1st Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY


Monday, March 9, 2015


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