In recent weeks, news and social media have highlighted the current political and human rights crisis in Haiti. However, many of the challenges currently facing Haitians have been ones advocates have been sounding the alarm about for years. A panel of Haitian advocates and activists will discuss the current human rights challenges, the roots of this crisis and the advocacy they have been engaged in for years. The panelists will also discuss what they see as the path forward and the role of civil society as well as foreign actors.

The panel was conducted in Haitian Kreyòl and simultaneously interpreted in English. It was also co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Hemispheric Institute at NYU. 


  • Marie Rosy Kesner Auguste, Attorney and Program Director, National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH)
  • Emmanuela Douyon, Policy Expert and Activist with Nou Pap Dòmi
  • Woodkend Eugene, Attorney and Manager of Research, Training and Strategic Litigation at Bureau des Droits Humains en Haïti (BDHH)


Gabrielle Apollon, Haiti Project Co-Director, NYU Law’s Global Justice Clinic