Advocating for Justice in Haiti’s Prisons

We collaborated with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Partners in Health to support their efforts to address the human rights and health issues created by excessive pre-trial detention in Haitian prisons. Our two partner organizations established a medical-legal collaborative that traveled to three prisons in Haiti to provide medical checkups for inmates and prison staff; they brought with them a group of lawyers who screen the prisoners for potential rights violations, like poor quality trials without legal defense or extended pre-trial detention. We produced a video that IJDH and Partners and Health used to advocate within the Haitian Justice Ministry for access to more prisons; and two other videos to expose terrible conditions in the prisons and lack of access to justice for many prisoners.