Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

aka Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Inc.   |   Marshfield, MA   |
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Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

EIN: 03-0541424


The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization. Established in 2004, it is a partnership of human rights advocates in Haiti and the U.S., dedicated to tackling the root causes of injustice that impacts basic human rights in Haiti. In partnership with its Haiti-based sister organization, the law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, IJDH brings together litigation, advocacy, training, and grassroots solidarity to advance justice and human rights, in Haiti. For more information about IJDH's work across rule of law, access to justice, and accountability please visit:

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Executive Director

Mr. Brian Concannon

Main address

892 Plain Street Suite 1

Marshfield, MA 02050 USA

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Subject area info


Legal services

Human rights

Population served info

Women and girls

People of African descent

Immigrants and migrants

Victims and oppressed people


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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cholera Accountability Project (CAP)

IJDH and BAI are pursuing a claim on behalf of victims of a cholera epidemic recklessly introduced into Haiti by UN Peacekeepers. We are seeking: 1) provision of water and sanitation infrastructure, 2) compensation for their losses, and 3) a formal apology. Adequate water and sanitation in Haiti would save over 30,000 lives in a decade. Since 2010, over 9,000 Haitians have died from and over 750,000 have contracted cholera.

Population(s) Served

IJDH and BAI joined with grassroots groups in Haiti and international partners to launch the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP) to respond to the influx of rapes against poor women and girls in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. RAPP provides individual victims of sexual assault the legal services they need to obtain justice and compensation, while working with allies in Haiti and abroad to transform the social context that underlies the vulnerability of all poor Haitian women to assault. The Project also aims to deter future rape by punishing the perpetrators and forcing a more effective response by law enforcement and the justice system. RAPP includes four closely integrated components: legal advocacy, health care, organizing, and public advocacy.

Population(s) Served

Year after year, BAI and IJDH have defended human rights defenders, freeing and protecting people who were wrongfully detained or imprisoned. This includes activists and lawyers who are threatened, harassed, and arrested. Every activist or lawyer freed or defended is another voice back in the fight to advance Haiti, knowing that the risks they take are mitigated by BAI's and IJDH's readiness to step in.

Population(s) Served

Through its intensive training program, BAI is preparing the next generation of public interest lawyers to work alongside Haiti's grassroots movements to compel fundamental social change. Most Haitian law graduates will never become lawyers—the exceptions are usually those with wealth or connections. BAI challenges that norm by providing intensive mentoring and apprenticeships for law graduates committed to becoming social justice lawyers. BAI's trainees work side by side with BAI's all-Haitian legal staff. BAI and IJDH are also part of a global network that connects trainees with allies fighting similar fights around the world.

Population(s) Served

We are also working on the following: Teaching citizens of Haiti's Central Plateau skills that will allow them to engage effectively with the local, national and international powers that make the decisions which deprive them of their rights. Prosecuting the associates of Jean-Claude ""Baby Doc"" Duvalier, one of the most notorious dictators of the 20th century, who perpetrated systematic human rights abuses against Haitian citizens. Advocating for a more complete and inclusive version of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program so that families who have been approved for immigrant visas will be reunited sooner.

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Where we work


International White Dove Award 2012

Rochester Committee of Latin America

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters conferred upon IJDH Director 2012

Canisius College

Zanmi Ayiti Award 2005

Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast

Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice 2014

Salem Award Foundation

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We seek to build the rule of law in Haiti, so most Haitians know their rights as well as strategies to defend their rights, while building the Haitian justice system's capacity to deliver equal justice to all Haitians. When this has been accomplished, all crime victims can seek justice, no matter how powerful the perpetrators; contracts for land and labor can be enforced so that people can work their way out of poverty, investing any profits in their homes or businesses or education. Further, the democratic process will be allowed to function freely, without domestic or international interference, such that the government will be accountable to the majority of Haitians and prioritize popular concerns regarding health, education and other rights. In sum, we aim to enable Haitians to build a more just, prosperous, and stable country.

IJDH and BAI work in partnership with Haitian grassroots organizations and communities, in the courts and in the streets, to promote human rights in Haiti. IJDH and BAIUse impact litigation to work with individual clients for justice in cases that will train the justice system to respond better to all victims of rape or government harassment or cholera.Provide training and strategic advice to grassroots groups and communities to engage with the justice system, government officials and the media.Keep activists safe while they fight for justice and get them out of jail when needed.Provide apprenticeships to Haitian law graduates and host international law fellows, teaching them how to use their profession to serve the poor and create a just society.Bring Haitian concerns to international media and foreign powers in places outside Haiti where decisions about Haitian rights are made, to combat anti-democratic interference.Document and report on human rights violations

BAI is led by Haiti's most prominent human rights lawyer, who has over 20 years of experience working in solidarity with Haiti's poor majority to build justice in his country. Under his leadership, BAI's Haitian staff—attorneys, apprentice attorneys, grassroots coordinators, grassroots trainers and support staff—have built a public interest law tradition in Haiti where none existed before and have allied with and mentored grassroots groups and communities for decades. IJDH is led by an American human rights lawyer—a top international Haiti rights expert with 20 years' experience partnering with Haitian lawyers and grassroots communities. Under his guidance, IJDH's small staff and dedicated cadre of volunteers, fellows and interns amplify and support the work of the BAI team.

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Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31
Financial documents
2022 Audited_Financials_IJDH_FY2022 2021 Audited Financial Statement 2021 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.77 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $591,232 -$696,308 $233,680 -$31,124 -$146,100
As % of expenses 52.7% -64.9% 23.4% -3.3% -16.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $589,126 -$697,844 $232,656 -$31,124 -$146,100
As % of expenses 52.4% -65.0% 23.3% -3.3% -16.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,403,247 $799,771 $566,812 $1,470,773 $1,059,671
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.5% -43.0% -29.1% 159.5% -28.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 1.9% 3.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.0% 99.2% 97.4% 95.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.2% -2.4% 2.5% 5.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,121,951 $1,072,378 $996,760 $939,048 $890,644
Total expenses, % change over prior year -17.1% -4.4% -7.1% -5.8% -5.2%
Personnel 42.8% 41.4% 42.5% 43.9% 43.2%
Professional fees 4.6% 7.5% 9.1% 9.1% 8.6%
Occupancy 2.9% 3.9% 1.8% 0.5% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 44.1% 39.6% 42.6% 43.7% 43.6%
All other expenses 5.7% 7.7% 3.9% 2.8% 3.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,124,057 $1,073,914 $997,784 $939,048 $890,644
One month of savings $93,496 $89,365 $83,063 $78,254 $74,220
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $73,287 $0
Fixed asset additions $4,667 $0 $0 $0 $2,415
Total full costs (estimated) $1,222,220 $1,163,279 $1,080,847 $1,090,589 $967,279

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.4 3.8 2.0 2.3 3.3
Months of cash and investments 3.4 3.8 2.0 2.3 3.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.9 -2.6 0.0 -0.4 -2.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $320,432 $338,027 $163,602 $176,364 $246,815
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $571,193 $313,710 $179,549 $11,766 $51,143
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $15,247 $15,247 $0 $0 $17,881
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 83.2% 93.3% 0.0% 0.0% 86.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 8.3% 30.0% 24.0% 12.2%
Unrestricted net assets $465,188 -$232,656 $0 -$31,124 -$177,224
Temporarily restricted net assets $411,795 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $411,795 $834,496 $244,154 $175,534 $442,561
Total net assets $876,983 $601,840 $244,154 $144,410 $265,337

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Executive Director

Mr. Brian Concannon

Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). Brian lived in Haiti from 1995 to 2004, where he served as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations and Co-Managing Attorney with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), a public interest law firm. 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. He has written on human rights, US foreign policy and international organization accountability for newspapers including the New York Times, websites including Foreign Affairs and academic journals.

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Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Chris Geyer

Brian Concannon

Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Irwin Stotzky

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the University of Miami

Joia Mukherjee

Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health

Nicole Lee Bayard

Intuitive Coach, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist, and Human Rights Advocate

Nadia Ben-Youssef

Advocacy Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights

Chris Geyer

Former COO

Pamela Merchant

Senior Advisor at Community Vision CA

Renée Metelus

Operations Manager at Found in Translation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender
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Decline to state

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