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Comedy for a Cause - Help Fund Legal & Grassroots Advocacy in Haiti
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Gotham Comedy Club, New York, NY
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  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:15 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $30.00
  • Door Time: 7:15 PM
  • Showroom: The Vintage Lounge
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    2 Beverage Minimum Per Person
    Non-Refundable & Non-Transferable
Comedy for a Cause - Help Fund Legal & Grassroots Advocacy in Haiti 

The proceeds will benefit the Institute For Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), a partnership of Haitian and US human rights advocates. We support the Haitian people in their struggle to achieve universal human rights, access to a just legal system, a society without violence, and the right to participate fully in choosing their government. Using models like the US civil rights movement, we are active in the courts, both in Haiti and internationally.

IJDH works in partnership with grass­roots groups in Haiti to transform the structural injustices that stand in the way of stability and prosperity for the majority of Haitians and works to help develop an effec­tive human rights advo­cacy pro­gram with global out­reach. In the U.S., IJDH col­lab­o­rates with grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing faith-based, sol­i­dar­ity, devel­op­ment, and human­i­tar­ian orga­ni­za­tions to coor­di­nate advo­cacy on human rights in Haiti, and net­works with sol­i­dar­ity and Hait­ian Dias­pora activists through­out the world. The Insti­tute gath­ers infor­ma­tion on human rights vio­la­tions in Haiti, and relays it to the inter­na­tional human rights com­mu­nity, media and grass­roots groups.

IJDH helps vic­tims of human rights vio­la­tions pur­sue cases in national and inter­na­tional courts. In Haiti, its lawyers rep­re­sent polit­i­cal pris­on­ers and per­se­cuted jour­nal­ists, and doc­u­ment cases of mur­der, tor­ture and destruc­tion of prop­erty. Out­side of Haiti we help pre­pare cases for inter­na­tional courts and assist in civil lit­i­ga­tion in the U.S. This work aims to stop cur­rent human rights vio­la­tions, deter future human rights vio­la­tions and obtain com­pen­sa­tion for vic­tims of past violations.

IJDH’s Haiti-based partner, the BAI, in Port-au-Prince, has helped vic­tims pros­e­cute human rights cases, trained Hait­ian lawyers and spo­ken out on jus­tice issues since 1995. The BAI has pio­neered a “vic­tim cen­tered approach” that com­bines tra­di­tional legal strate­gies with empow­er­ment of vic­tims’ orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal advo­cacy. BAI lawyers argue in court, but also help vic­tims engage judi­cial and gov­ern­ment author­i­ties through media advo­cacy, writ­ing let­ters, meet­ings with offi­cials and even orga­niz­ing demon­stra­tions. The office helps its clients advo­cate on a global level as well, through inter­na­tional courts, media appear­ances, and help­s orga­nize inter­na­tional cam­paigns in sup­port of its clients. BAI lawyers advo­cate beyond the con­fines of their cases in sup­port of the rule of law in Haiti.

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