The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its partner the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) work with nonviolent grassroots movements to advance constitutional democracy, justice, and human rights in Haiti. Founded in 1994 and 2005, respectively, the BAI and IJDH pursue legal cases, train progressive Haitian lawyers, collaborate with domestic and international solidarity groups, and distribute information on human rights conditions in Haiti. In doing so, they promote the rule of law and democracy in the short term, while working to address the root causes of violence, poverty, and marginalization in Haiti in the long term.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported IJDH’s Civic Engagement program, which aims to teach citizens skills that will allow them to engage effectively with the local, national, and international powers that make the decisions that deprive them of their rights.
A 2013 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Social Justice Lawyer Training Program, which aims to build a social justice legal community in Haiti.