Join us Tuesday, August 19, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm!
Topic: Adapting to Changes in Social Justice Advocacy Trends – Lessons learned from Brian Concannon, Executive Director of The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
This Tuesday, human rights lawyer and activist, Brian Concannon, will discuss the work of the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). IJDH helps Haitians enforce the human rights they need to escape poverty and vulnerability. Along with its partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH litigates cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, trains progressive Haitian lawyers, documents human rights violations and works with grassroots activists in Haiti, North America and throughout the world. Brian will explain how IJDH was established to bring the fight of BAI to the international community. Brian will also explore IJDH’s support for the Cholera Justice Network– a flexible network of advocates for the victims of the cholera brought to Haiti by UN troops–as a model for 21st Century social justice advocacy. Through his experience adapting to the emerging networked model of social justice advocacy, Brian offers a unique insight into adapting an organization.
Brian Concannon lived and worked in Haiti for nine years from 1995 to 2004, first with the United Nations, and after 1996 with the BAI. Through collaboration with BAI and IJDH, Brian helped spearhead several innovative, high-impact human rights cases. Brian is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Middlebury College. He held a Brandeis International Fellowship in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law from 2001-2003, and was a 2005-06 Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellow at Harvard Law School. Awards he has received for his work include the 2014 Salem Human Rights Prize and an honorary degree from Canisius College.
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