Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Now Hiring: Operations Manager

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PDF Version Here Position Title: Operations Manager Date: October 20, 2020 Start Date: Immediate Location: Boston, MA or New York, NY Reports to: Executive Director About Us Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization. Since 2004, IJDH has worked to advance recognition and accountability for human rights in Haiti. In partnership with our Haiti-based sister organization Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH advocates, litigates, builds constituencies, and nurtures networks to create systemic pathways to justice for marginalized communities. Our work combines traditional legal strategies with organizing, public advocacy, and legal training. Over the past 15 years, IJDH and BAI have advocated and litigated to advance the full realization of human rights in Haiti, including landmark cases for transnational justice and cholera accountability. Position Description IJDH seeks an experienced Operations Manager to: Oversee […]
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Senator Markey and Representative Wilson Urge the State Department to Support Free and Fair Elections in Haiti

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Senator Markey and Rep. Wilson Lead Colleagues in Urging U.S. Support for Free and Fair Elections in Haiti PRESS RELEASE: Washington (October 15, 2020) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), along with 24 Senate and House colleagues, today wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to support free and fair elections in Haiti and to stop State Department officials from making public statements that appear to push for elections outside of Haiti’s constitutional process. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been ruling by decree since January of this year, when the terms of most members of Parliament expired without passage of an electoral law necessary for holding legislative elections. This summer, the nine members of the provisional electoral council resigned, citing the need for the government to engage in a real […]
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82 FL-Based Leaders’ October 13 Letter to VP Biden and Senator Harris on Ten Haitian American Community Policy Priorities

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82 FL-Based Leaders’ October 13 Letter to VP Biden and Senator Harris on Ten Haitian American Community Policy Priorities October 13, 2020 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden                                                                                                                                          Democratic Candidate for President of the United States The Honorable Kamala D. Harris                                                                  […]
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Now Hiring: Development & Communications Coordinator

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PDF Version Here Position Title: Development & Communications Coordinator Date: October 9, 2020 Start Date: Immediate Location: Boston, MA Reports to: Policy and Advocacy Advisor About Us Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization. Since 2004, IJDH has worked to advance recognition and accountability for human rights in Haiti. In partnership with our Haiti-based sister organization Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH advocates, litigates, builds constituencies, and nurtures networks to create systemic pathways to justice for marginalized communities. Our work combines traditional legal strategies with organizing, public advocacy, and legal training. Over the past 15 years, IJDH and BAI have advocated and litigated to advance the full realization of human rights in Haiti, including landmark cases for transnational justice and cholera accountability. Position Overview Reporting to the Policy and Advocacy Advisor, the […]
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Haiti Could Face a ‘Perfect Storm’ with the Pandemic

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Originally published in Pass Blue and authored by Fiona Shukri, featuring an interview with IJDH’s Sandra Wisner. Introduction As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and has limited health-care infrastructure, among other serious problems. Read the full article here. See also: Haitian mental health needs rise yet again with COVID-19 trauma
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Journalist Setoute Yvens survives shooting attempt, another reporter receives death threats in Haiti

2 months 1 week ago
Originally published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Miami, August 4, 2020 — Haitian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the shooting attack on journalist Setoute Yvens and the death threats to journalist Pradel Alexandre and identify and prosecute those involved, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 28 around 8:45 p.m. in the Drouillard neighborhood of the Cité-Soleil commune in Port-au-Prince, Yvens, a journalist and camera operator for Radio Télé Mégastar, was returning home from work on a motorcycle when two armed men forced him to pull over, according to news reports and Jacques Desrosiers, secretary general of the Association of Haitian Journalists (AHJ), who spoke with CPJ via messaging app. The two men accused Yvens of having published information about them in his reporting on criminal acts in the area, according to the same sources, which did not provide additional details. Yvens was able […]
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Cholera remains a public health threat in Haiti

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Originally published in The Lancet and authored by Jeannot Francis. Because of the significant decrease in the incidence of cholera in Haiti in recent years, there has been a tendency among public health agencies to lower guards and become increasingly complacent about prevention measures. In April, 2019, during an evaluation meeting with technical and financial partners in cholera control, officials at the Ministry of Health in Haiti celebrated the low number of reported cases and fatalities as a victory. However, cholera is still a major public health problem in the country: there are an increasing number of unreported cases due to a poor surveillance system, and there is a risk of disease resurgence. In a modelling study in The Lancet Global Health, Elizabeth Lee and colleagues estimate the health impacts of various cholera vaccination campaign scenarios in Haiti using simulations from […]
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Bachelet: Haiti ‘death squad leader’ must be served justice

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Originally published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. GENEVA (29 July 2020) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said today that former Haitian paramilitary leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, who was deported from the United States last month, must be held accountable for the horrendous human rights violations committed during 1990s. In a landmark judgment for justice in Haiti, Constant was convicted in absentia on 16 November 2000 and sentenced to life imprisonment over his involvement in the 1994 Raboteau massacre when military and paramilitary forces attacked the neighbourhood of Raboteau in Gonaïves. The victims were between 10 and 80 years old. The total number of victims remains unknown as bodies were thrown into open sewers. Constant, who fled to the United States in 1994 after President Aristide’s return to power, was deported […]
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BAI and RNDDH joint letter to prosecutor of the Gonaives Tribunal of First Instance concerning the Raboteau Massacre Trial case file

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FR Original: LETTRE OUVERTE AU COMMISSAIRE DU GOUVERNEMENT PRES LE TRIBUNAL DE PREMIERE INSTACE DES GONAIVES, Mag Sérard GASIUS, CONCERNANT LE DOSSIER DU PROCES DU MASSACRE DE RABOTEAU EN Translation: OPEN LETTER TO THE PROSECUTOR OF THE GONAIVES TRIBUNAL OF FIRST INSTANCE, Mag Sérard GASIUS, CONCERNING THE RABOTEAU MASSACRE TRIAL CASE FILE
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How ICE helped spread coronavirus

2 months 1 week ago
Originally published in the New York Times, by Barbara Marcolini, Emily Kassie, Dmitriy Khavin, and Drew Jordan.  The New York Times, in collaboration with The Marshall Project, investigated how Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a domestic and global spreader of the virus. Watch the full video here.  
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Exclusive: Hundreds of rights leaders demand U.S. end Haiti deportations

2 months 1 week ago
Originally published in Newsweek and authored by Chantal Da Silva Introduction Hundreds of human rights and racial justice leaders have signed a letter to the Trump administration demanding that the U.S. immediately halt deportations of Haitians amid the coronavirus pandemic. Signed by more than 300 human rights and racial justice leaders, including Black Live Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, Reverend Jesse Jackson, author Ibram X. Kendi and celebrity activists Danny Glover, Rainn Wilson and Susan Sarandon, the letter warns that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s deportation flights risk wreaking havoc on Haiti’s healthcare system. “Deportations export COVID-19 throughout the region and put countless lives at risk,” states the letter, which was sent on Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison. Read the full article here. […]
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Press Invitation from the Association of Victims of the Raboteau Massacre

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English Version Haitian Creole Version   ASOSYASYON VIKTIM MASAK RABOTO YO (Association of Victims of the Raboteau Massacre) Raboteau / Gonaïves                                                                                       Port-au-Prince, Saturday 25 July 2020   Invitation to the Press   The Association of Victims of the Raboteau Massacrerespectfully salutes the newsroom and on this occasion invites journalists from the newsroom to attend and cover a press conference at the Lycée Jean Robert Cius (Jean Robert Cius High School), tomorrow, Sunday 26 July 2020, starting at 4:00 in the afternoon. The objective of this press conference is for the Association of Victims of the Raboteau Massacreto demand the arrest and judgment of all the criminals convicted in absentia and sentenced to hard work in the context of the Raboteau Massacre trial, especially the criminals Emmanuel Toto Constant and Jean Robert Gabriel, whom Jovenal MOISE has named […]
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Briefing Paper: Reversing Post-Raboteau Massacre Trial Impunity

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English PDF French PDF   I. Introduction In November of this year, it will have been 20 years since Haiti successfully prosecuted its most complex human rights case: after five years of community advocacy, investigations, and pretrial proceedings; six weeks of trial that included uses of expert testimony and DNA evidence; and unprecedented access for both victims and the public, 53 men, most of them members of the Haitian military and a government-affiliated paramilitary group (FRAPH) were convicted for their roles in the violent Raboteau Massacre. A diverse jury [1] found 16 of the 22 men tried in person guilty. The judge convicted another 37 men in absentia a week later. Victims, who had intervened as civil parties were awarded 1 billion Haitian gourdes (approximately U.S. $43 million at the time) in damages. The Raboteau Massacre Trial (the “Trial”) was […]
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