Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) works with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights, by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad. IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. They seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.
IJDH works with grassroots groups to promote human rights in Haiti to help develop an effective human rights advocacy program with global outreach. In the United States, IJDH collaborates with grassroots organizations, including faith-based, solidarity, development, and humanitarian organizations to coordinate advocacy on human rights in Haiti, and networks with solidarity and Haitian Diaspora activists throughout the world. Our work seeks to change the international environment that allows such massive disrespect for social, economic, civil and political rights to flourish.
The Institute gathers information on human rights violations in Haiti, and relays it accurately to the international human rights community, media and grassroots groups. They work closely with others investigating human rights in Haiti, and provide training and analysis to individuals and organizations interested in Haiti, including visiting delegations. Their long collaboration with Haitian grassroots groups and their legal experience in Haiti allows them to provide consistent, credible information and analysis. Their documentation is routinely used by advocates and decision makers, and they are often cited in the press. Shining a sharp spotlight on human rights abusers and their foreign support provides protection to potential victims and empowers pro-democracy advocates in Haiti.
The IJDH helps victims of human rights violations pursue cases in national and international courts. In Haiti, its lawyers represent political prisoners and persecuted journalists, and document cases of murder, torture and destruction of property. Outside of Haiti the Institute helps prepare cases for international courts and assist in civil litigation in the United States. This work aims to stop current human rights violations, deter future human rights violations and obtain compensation for victims of past violations.