BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 509 2943 2106 / 07 Fax 2244-7986 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Port-au-Prince, le 14 mars 2018 Note de Presse 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 terrorisme d’Etat, du choléra importé par la Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), des enfants nés des casques bleus et abandonnés par ces derniers, des Femmes et Filles victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles et autres abus de droit, prend […]
For Immediate Release (EMBARGOED UNTIL 3-15-2018) March 14, 2018 What: Press Conference at FANM on Filing of Haiti TPS Lawsuit Who: Lawyers, TPS Recipients, and Community Leaders Time: March 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Location: FANM, 100 N.E. 84 Street, Miami, Florida , 33138 Contact: Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, FANM, 305 756-8050 Sejal Zota, NIPNLG, (919) 698-5015 Ira Kurzban, (305) 444-0060 Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, IJDH, 786 877 6999 Clarel Cyriaque, Esq., 305 797-0141 New Suit Alleges Unlawful Conduct by Trump Administration Officials, Seeks Injunctive Relief to Prevent Deportation of Over 50,000 Haitian TPS Recipients The Administration’s Decision to Terminate Program Exposes Complete Lack of Knowledge of Immigration Law Resulting in Violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Plaintiffs’ 5th Amendment Rights and Regulatory Flexibility Act A new suit filed this morning in the Eastern District of New York alleges violations of law and the Constitution by Trump administration officials […]
Hello friends! These are trying times. And, laughter is the best form of resistance! Your Team here at IJDH is very excited to announce “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian comedians J-L Cauvin , Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All proceeds to benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti! Spaces are limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly! Bring your family and friends! Where: Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd St. Between 7th and 8th Avenues, New York, NY 10011 When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:15 PM) Ticket Price: $30.00 Restrictions: 18 & over Buy your ticket(s) today at: Gotham Comedy! Ann Ri Pou Jistis! Let’s Laugh for Justice!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (English, French, Kreyòl) Brian Concannon, Esq., Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Brian@ijdh.org, +1 541-263-0029 (Boston, USA) (English, French, Kreyòl) The UN and Haiti Government Square Off in Impunity Championship, Haiti’s Poor Pay the Price See the French version of this Press Release HERE. Port-au-Prince, March 5, 2018 – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), who represent the victims of cholera imported by the United Nations Mission Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), urge the Haitian government and the United Nations (UN) to set aside their diplomatic games in order to meet their legal obligations and respect the rights of the Haitian people, especially cholera victims. Attorney Mario Joseph of […]
POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE Contact PRESSE: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (anglais, français, kreyòl) Brian Concannon, Esq. Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH), Brian@ijdh.org, +1 541-263-0029 (Boston, USA) (anglais, français, kreyòl) L’ONU et L’État Haïtien Jouent la Finale du Championnat de l’Impunité, les Pauvres d’Haïti Paient Les Frais Veillez lire la version farnçaise de cette note de presse ici. Port-au-Prince, le 5 mars, 2018 – Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et l’Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH), qui représentent les victimes du choléra importé par la Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), exhortent le gouvernement haïtien et l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) à mettre de côté leurs chantages diplomatiques pour pouvoir répondre aux besoins du peuple haïtien, particulièrement les victimes de […]
BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S. Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries. IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments […]
This article was originally published by Yale Law School Sienna Merope-Synge, a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), spoke on February 12 about her organization’s fight to secure adequate remedies for victims of the U.N.’s introduction of a 2010 cholera epidemic in Haiti. The talk was co-sponsored by the Schell Center, the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), and the American Constitution Society. Merope-Synge began by explaining that many viewed this cholera outbreak-the first in Haiti’s history—as a humanitarian crisis, not a legal one. But as it became clear that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti had caused the crisis by dumping contaminated waste into local rivers, people began coming to IJDH’s offices and ask whether there was something the law could do to address the situation. IJDH had to work creatively, since the U.N. has […]
By Sienna Merope-Synge Sienna Merope-Synge is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti This article was originally published by Al Jazeera The backlash against Oxfam continues to grow, but the scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable “humanitarian” action in Haiti. In the wake of revelations that its staff solicited prostitutes in post-earthquake Haiti, Oxfam has pointed to an internal investigation that led to senior employees resigning or being fired, and released a new 10-point plan to eradicate sexual abuse. But what is striking is that the charity never treated its staff’s abuses as a legal matter. Let’s be clear: this behaviour wasn’t just unacceptable, it was unlawful. Prostitution is illegal under Haitian law and if minors were involved, this was also statutory rape. The behaviour also constituted illegal child prostitution under […]
IJDH Development and Communications Internship Summer 2018 About Us IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with BAI to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. IJDH is looking for Communications and Development interns to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy and in development and financial strategies […]
Hello Connecticut, Save the Date! Join IJDH’s Staff Attorney Sienna Merope-Synge at Yale Law School on Feb. 12, 2018 from 12:10pm-1:00pm, as she discusses the UN’s role in bringing cholera in Haiti and how they are holding the organization Accountable. Almost two years already passed since UN promised a New Approach to cholera in Haiti, it has not delivered on the promises it made to Haitian people. The victims of cholera are calling on the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to act to eliminate cholera and compensate the victims. #Time2Deliver Find more details about the event HERE. Sponsoring Organization(s) ACS, Schell Center, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) Directions to Yale Law School could be found HERE.
Homophobia has long been a problem in Haiti, and staff at Kouraj (a LGBT rights organization focused on improving treatment towards LGBT people in Haiti) say it’s only gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake. Chachou Jean Francois, a transgender group leader and youth educator at Kouraj, is the arrival of foreign evangelicals imposing their views. After the 2010 earthquake, many of the organizations that rushed to Haiti to help were christian evangelical groups. It is widely believed in Haiti’s LGBT community that Christian fundamentalism spread, along with anti-LGBT sentiment. Read More HERE. Why it’s gotten harder for LGBT people in Haiti since the earthquake By Amy Bracken, February 6, 2018 The name of Haiti’s most prominent LGBT rights organization is Kouraj (Haitian Creole for courage) — with good reason. The group’s headquarters have moved three times after attacks. The current office is […]
The Foyer Notre Dame de la Nativite in Haiti has recently been the center of sexual abuse allegations. Ten U.S. Senators are pressuring the Haitian government into closing down the orphanage. Many children have tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia and claim to have been victims of abuse. The director of the orphanage denies the claims and states that the children could have contracted the disease from their birth mothers or off of the premises. The Senate letter urges immediate shut down and relocation of children so that they are kept safe. Read More HERE. US senators seek to close Haiti orphanage amid abuse claims By Ben Fox | AP February 2 MIAMI — Ten members of the U.S. Senate have asked the State Department to pressure the Haitian government into closing an orphanage where several children being adopted by […]
Even though the United States has donated approximately $4.2 billion since the 2010 earthquake, The Trump administration has shown no interest in contributing to the U.N Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti now, nor in the future. The administration argued that they are not responsible for the epidemic and blamed it on U.N. incompetence and the Nepalese peacekeepers. Ban Ki-Moon, former U.N Secretary General has established a trust fund to prevent the further spread of cholera, but has never acknowledged any U.N. legal obligation to compensate Haiti’s victims. It’s now up to the Trump Administration to decide whether to provide aid. Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy June 1, 2017 The Trump administration will rebuff a recent U.N. appeal to contribute millions of dollars to a cash-short trust fund established last year to provide relief […]
According to UNICEF, the cholera epidemic has killed nearly 10,000 Haitians since its outbreak in 2010 and sickened nearly one million. With only 100 new suspected cases in January, the disease is bound to be eliminated if the current funds remain in tact. Read the full article HERE. Haiti’s killer cholera epidemic could end this year – UN By Agence France-Presse, January 20, 2018 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s killer cholera epidemic could be over this year, the United Nation’s children’s fund said on Friday, January 19, as the number of cases declines following the world’s most virulent outbreak in modern times. Roughly 100 suspected cases were recorded in January, which is the lowest level since the epidemic began in October 2010, and there was no explosion of cases last year even during the rainy season. “It’s possible to eliminate cholera this […]
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is designed to help immigrants of countries that are temporarily experiencing extraordinary distress, and the Trump Administration has recently announced the end TPS for many countries, including Haiti. Last November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated Haiti’s TPS designation. Steve Forester from the Institute of Justice and Democracy (IJDH) and other immigration advocates decry DHS’ decision and vow to fight for just immigration policy that will keep Haitian families together. Haiti has been reeled by a series natural and man-made disasters in the past eight years, including an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced by UN peacekeepers in the months following the 2010 Earthquake. Read the full article HERE. This is what will happen once Temporary Protected Status is revoked for 300K immigrants By Samantha Grasso, February 4, 2018 Eight days into the new year, […]
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)’s Executive Director, Brian Concannon told a crowd that Trump’s Vulgar remark is an insult to the dignity of the Haitian people. Concannon said, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Watch him addressing the rally in Haitian-Creole.
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) along with its sister organization the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) continues to fight for Haiti’s prisoners’ rights by challenging the country’s justice system to respect the fundamental human rights of every single Haitian citizen. We invite you to watch this 60-second video produced by our partner the New Media Advocacy Project titled “The Men of the Cell 5.”
Under the umbrella of Haitian Americans United (HAU), Haitians and their allies rallied outside of Boston City Hall denouncing Trump’s disparaging comments regarding Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. The Trump administration recently terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Salvadorans and Haitians. Local elected officials, as well as Senator Edward Markey (D–MA), decried the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s last November decision and vowed to continue to fight for fair and just immigration policy that keeps families together. Read the article HERE. Haitian-Americans rally for permanent residency, protest Trump’s vulgar remark By: Laney Ruckstuhl, January 26, 2018 Haitian-Americans waved flags from their native country and demanded dignity as they lined the steps of Boston City Hall Friday, rallying against President Trump. Despite chilly weather, more than 100 people gathered for the rally organized by Haitian-Americans United. Around noon, the rally was […]
Art-For-Change Presents: An excerpted performance from the Praxis Stage Production of “For Colored Girls,” on Friday, January 26, 2017, from 6-9 PM. Venue: 155 Washington Street, Dorchester A choreopoem by Ntozake Shange Directed by Dayenne C B Walters Friday, January 26, 2018 Special Guests: City Councilor Ed FLYNN and his wife Kristen FLYNN, and Allissa Latham the new Miss Massachusetts USA
Dear Friend, This Friday is your chance to join the Haitian community and allies in Boston at 12:00 PM in Front of Boston City Hall to denounce President Donald Trump’s use of racist language to describe Haiti, El Salvador and all African countries. Let’s urge Congress to pass legislation to create a permanent solution for Haitian TPS-holders and to keep their families together. Sincerely Wadner Pierre IJDH Communications Coordinator
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