Why now is the time to join Haiti’s justice fight

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A Letter from IJDH Board Member Nicole Lee

My name is Nicole Lee. I’m a human rights lawyer, past president of transAfrica, racial equity expert, and a proud former staff of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH’s sister organization in Haiti. Now, I am honored to be writing to you as the newest member of the IJDH Board of Directors. Though there are many pressing issues around our globe, for me, it was a no-brainer to dedicate my time to an organization with a proven track record of supporting positive change in Haiti.

I have witnessed firsthand how BAI and IJDH tirelessly and effectively amplify the voices of Haitians who are dedicated to life, justice, and fairness for all Haitians. 

Though I would have been honored to join IJDH’s Board at any time, the confluence of growing attacks on Haitian democracy and widespread apathy compelled me to deepen my commitment to Haiti’s fight for justice now. While Haitians continue to clearly articulate what is necessary to restore democracy, the international community is committed to their centuries-long campaign to control, rather than support, the Haitian people. This is leading to untold misery and injustice for Haitians.

IJDH is a leader in the campaign to demand accountability from the international community and the end to centuries of racist and repressive policies promoted by the United States, Canada, and Europe. Haitians must determine the country’s next steps forward, and IJDH puts their expertise at the forefront of Haiti’s security discussion.

As someone who has worked in Washington, DC for over 20 years, I can tell you that IJDH is a trusted voice for democracy for Haiti, as well as one that is feared by those who would want to continue to exploit Haiti. Their presence is vital in Congress, at the United Nations, in Haiti, and in any forum where people of conscience need to understand more about how we can support justice and democracy in Haiti.

To continue to do their vital work, IJDH needs our support. The fate of Haiti is a litmus test not only for the Caribbean, but for any country where people continue to fight against colonial oppression. Support for IJDH means we are putting the agency in the hands of Haitian people, and supplying the tools needed to continue their long struggle for justice.  

I am asking you to join me in giving your best monetary gift so that IJDH can continue its important support and advocacy work so the next generation of Haitian children grow up in a Haiti that is free of impunity and fear.

In solidarity,
Nicole Lee

IJDH Board Member