Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Accepting Internship Applications for Fall 2019

2 weeks ago
We are seeking Fall 2019 Interns for the positions listed below. IJDH Fall Development and Communications Internship A semester-long internship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in communications, international human rights, and advocacy. Apply by: August 23, 2019 IJDH Fall Legal Internship A semester-long internship for current 2L, 3L or LLM students with a demonstrated background in human rights, social justice and/or international law. Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until placements are filled.
Sydney Roach

Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is Hiring!

2 weeks 4 days ago
JOB OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE SOIL is currently seeking a Communications and Development Associate to assist with communicating project activities and outcomes to our network of donor and grant funders, and with researching and securing additional funding opportunities. As a nimble, fast-paced organization, SOIL is looking for a hard-working candidate that’s enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and committed to the mission of our organization and its success. Location: Remote based. Portland or Washington D.C. preferred but not required. Up to 25% travel including extended stays in Haiti possible. Application Deadline: August 16, 2019 About SOIL: SOIL is a non-profit research and development organization working in Haiti to transform a public health crisis into a regenerative environmental solution. In urban Haiti, SOIL is affordably and effectively increasing access to safe, dignified, and sustainable full-cycle sanitation services. For a small monthly fee, SOIL provides over 1,000 households […]
Renee Metelus

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Names Franciscka Lucien as New Executive Director

1 month ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Renée Metelus, Communications Coordinator  Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti  T: +1-678-522-1255 E: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti  Names Franciscka Lucien as New Executive Director Boston, MA (July 15, 2019)—Today, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) welcomes Franciscka Lucien as its new Executive Director. Franciscka succeeds Brian Concannon who informed the Board in September 2018 of his intention to step down.  “We are thrilled that Franciscka is taking the helm of IJDH. Franciscka has an impressive track record of improving access to human rights for marginalized communities in Haiti. She brings clear vision, thoughtful leadership, and a deep commitment to centering impoverished communities and their rights to the organization,” said Joia Mukherjee, Chair of the IJDH Board of Directors.  IJDH is a non-profit organization that works to catalyze stability […]
Sydney Roach

Featured in Le Nouvelliste!: Mario Joseph, Esq. is Living in Pursuit of Human Rights

1 month 3 weeks ago
PDF version here Mario Joseph, Esq. is Living in Pursuit of Human Rights Behind the calls for justice for victims of sexual assaults committed by UN troops and especially the UN’s acknowledgement of the introduction of cholera by the Nepalese contingent of the UN’s blue helmets, there is a man who has been fighting for years to obtain justice for the most oppressed among us. This man, Mario Joseph, Esq., has been engaged in the struggle for human rights for over twenty-four years. He has never shied away from defending the most vulnerable victims of human rights abuses – particularly poor women or girls who have been raped and who cannot afford to pay legal fees necessary for filing charges against their assailants. Le Nouvelliste, 5/29/2019     In 2016, the United Nations officially recognized its responsibility for the introduction […]
Samantha Berlus

Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee Address Political Violence in Haiti in 2020 Appropriations Bill

2 months 1 week ago
June 10, 2019 Congresswoman Maxine Waters worked alongside Congresswoman Barbara Lee to address recent political violence in Haiti within the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. xxx Read the original press release HERE Creole Translation HERE REP. WATERS WORKS WITH COLLEAGUES TO STOP POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN HAITI; INCLUDES PROVISIONS IN FY 2020 STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS REPORT WASHINGTON – After returning from a trip to Haiti during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence carried out by gangs allegedly affiliated with the Haitian government, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, worked with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) to ensure that language addressing the political crisis in Haiti was included in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. Congresswoman Lee, in her capacity as a member of the […]
Sydney Roach

Note de Presse: Arrêt de Travail des les Magistrats du Pouvoir Judiciaire

2 months 2 weeks ago
PDF here English Version Here BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème impasse Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti 2493-2106 / 2493-2107 Email : Port-au-Prince, le 30 mai 2019 xxx NOTE DE PRESSE xxx Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine,  en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des femmes et filles victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles, des citoyens victimes de Terrorisme d’Etat et autres abus de droits, apprend que les Magistrats du Pouvoir Judiciaire observent un arrêt de travail depuis tantôt deux (2) semaines sur toute l’étendue du territoire national. xxx Le BAI pense que les griefs évoqués pour cet arrêt de travail sont justes et légitimes. En effet, les magistrats réclament entre autres de meilleures conditions […]
Renee Metelus

Me Mario Joseph, une vie engagée pour la cause des droits humains

2 months 2 weeks ago
Original article can be found here English version here Les violences sexuelles commises par les Casques bleus des Nations unies et surtout l’introduction du choléra par son contingent népalais ont fait émerger un homme qui se bat depuis des années pour obtenir justice pour les plus démunis. Me Mario Joseph, avec plus de 25 ans de carrière comme avocat, militant des droits humains, n’a jamais rechigné à embrasser certaines causes. Surtout quand il s’agit de femmes ou filles violées incapables de payer les frais judiciaires pour obtenir la condamnation de leurs agresseurs. Publié le 2019-05-29 | Le Nouvelliste | Auteur: Ricardo Lambert En 2016, l’ONU a reconnu sa responsabilité dans l’introduction du choléra en Haïti. Cette reconnaissance, même si elle n’est pas suivie de l’indemnisation des plaignants, reste une des plus grandes victoires de la longue carrière de Me Mario […]
Renee Metelus

Press Release: Response of EPPLS to the Pelerin 5 Victims

2 months 4 weeks ago
PDF Version Here English Version Here BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email: Port-au-Prince, mardi 21 mai 2019 Note de presse Nous, Collectif des Victimes du Pèlerin 5, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mouvement de Liberté et d’Egalite des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité   (MOLEGHAF), Konbit Ayisyen pou Lojman Altènatif ( KAYLA), Mouvement des Jeunes Solidaire pour une autre Société (MJSS), CONAMAVIDE, OCFEDH, SROD’H, organisations militant pour le respect des droits fondamentaux, la Justice Sociale et la Souveraineté du peuple Haïtien, dénonçons avec la dernière rigueur le manque de transparence et la volonté manifeste de l’administration de Jovenel MOISE pour  diviser le Collectif des Victimes de Pèlerin 5, réunissant les 7 familles pauvres victimes de l’Expulsion Forcée, suivie de Démolition de leurs maisons dans le voisinage de Jovenel Moise à Pèlerin […]
Renee Metelus

IADL Letter to Haitian President Jovenel Moise on the La Saline Massacre

3 months ago
Original Letter here Read the letter in French The International Association of Democratic Lawyers sent the following letter to Haitian President Jovenel Moise on the Haitian government’s inadequate response to the November 2018 massacre of over 70 men, women and children in La Saline. The letter, signed by IADL president Jeanne Mirer, also came in solidarity with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, IADL’s Haitian member organization, and with all human rights and civil society leaders in Haiti calling for truth and justice for this massacre. While the massacre was attributed to gang-related perpetrators, credible witness statements include reports of police uniforms or official government transport of the perpetrators to the location. Allegations have also been made that the massacre was a form of retaliation against local residents for their involvement in anti-corruption campaigns. The massacre came five days before a planned nationwide […]
Renee Metelus

Lettre de l’AIJD au président haïtien Jovenel Moise sur le massacre de La Saline

3 months ago
Original letter here English translation here L’Association internationale des juristes démocrates a adressé la lettre suivante au président haïtien, Jovenel Moise, sur la réponse inadéquate du gouvernement haïtien au massacre de plus de 70 hommes, femmes et enfants à La Saline en novembre 2018. La lettre, signée par la présidente de l’AIJD, Jeanne Mirer, était également solidaire du Bureau des avocats internationaux et de tous les dirigeants des droits de l’homme et de la société civile en Haïti, réclamant la vérité et la justice pour ce massacre. Bien que le massacre ait été attribué à des auteurs liés à des gangs, les déclarations de témoins crédibles incluent des informations selon lesquelles des uniformes de la police ou le transport officiel des agresseurs par le gouvernement se rendaient sur les lieux. Il a également été allégué que le massacre constituait une forme de […]
Renee Metelus
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