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We work with the peo­ple of Haiti in their non-violent strug­gle for the con­sol­i­da­tion of con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy, jus­tice, and human rights by pur­su­ing legal cases, dis­trib­ut­ing infor­ma­tion on human rights con­di­tions in Haiti, and coop­er­at­ing with human rights and sol­i­dar­ity groups in Haiti and abroad.

Cholera Accountability Project:
Cholera broke out in Haiti in Octo­ber 2010, and Haiti is now fight­ing to con­tain the world’s largest cholera epi­demic. Over­whelm­ing evi­dence has estab­lished that reck­less dis­posal of human waste by a United Nations (UN) peace­keep­ing base poi­soned Haiti’s rivers with a par­tic­u­larly deadly strain of cholera bac­te­ria and cre­ated the epi­demic. Now, despite even UN Spe­cial Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton’s acknowl­edg­ment that the UN was the “prox­i­mate cause” of the epi­demic, the UN has failed to accept respon­si­bil­ity and con­trol cholera in Haiti. IJDH rep­re­sents Hait­ian vic­tims of cholera in their quest for jus­tice from the UN.

Rape Accountability and Prevent Project:
IJDH has joined with grass­roots groups in Haiti and inter­na­tional part­ners to launch the Haiti Rape Account­abil­ity and Pre­ven­tion Project (RAPP) to respond to the epi­demic of rapes against poor women and girls in Haiti in the wake of the Jan­u­ary 12, 2010 earth­quake. RAPP pro­vides indi­vid­ual vic­tims of sex­ual assault the legal ser­vices they need to obtain jus­tice and com­pen­sa­tion, while work­ing with allies in Haiti and abroad to trans­form the social con­text that under­lies the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of all poor Hait­ian women to assault. The Project also aims to deter future rape by pun­ish­ing the per­pe­tra­tors and forc­ing a more effec­tive response by law enforce­ment and the jus­tice system.

Duvalier Prosecution Project:
Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duva­lier, one of the most noto­ri­ous dic­ta­tors of the 20th Cen­tury, served as the Pres­i­dent of Haiti from 1971–1986. Gain­ing power at the age of 19, Jean-Claude Duva­lier soon asserted con­trol over the repres­sive regime cre­ated by his father. The Duva­liers used the offi­cial mil­i­tary and police forces, to vio­lently assert their con­trol with wide­spread impunity. While alleg­ing his sup­port for reforms and increased respect for human rights, Jean-Claude Duvalier’s regime con­tin­ued to per­pe­trate sys­tem­atic human rights abuses against Hait­ian cit­i­zens.

Health and Human Rights in Prison Project:
The Health and Human Rights in Prisons Project (HHRPP) provides legal and medical relief for individuals suffering from some of the worst prison conditions in the world, while advancing systemic reform of Haiti’s criminal justice and prison systems. HHRPP also develops a replicable model of collaboration between legal and healthcare workers applicable to poor and transitional countries worldwide.

Immigration Advocacy:
IJDH’s immi­gra­tion work is built on three decades of lead­er­ship in ensur­ing a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted. The Haiti Asy­lum Infor­ma­tion Project (HAIP), estab­lished in 2004, has pro­vided asy­lum appli­cants from across Haiti’s polit­i­cal spec­trum the expert tes­ti­mony and coun­try con­di­tion infor­ma­tion they need to present strong cases.


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