Human rights lawyer and activist, Brian Concannon, joined us to 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 explained how IJDH was established and how it has leveraged flexible networks to serve as a model for 21st century social justice advocacy.
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. Learn how he has been able to tap into many different networks to create pressure and ultimately action in his presentation.