Mar 6, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall Room 206, NYU School of Law

About the Panel:

While much has been researched and written about gender-based violence in Haiti—particularly since the earthquake—less attention has been focused on the plight of the country’s LGBT community, which has also been experiencing a rise in violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. At the same time, increased discrimination and abuse has also helped to create a burgeoning movement of activists organizing to confront such abuse and address the unique challenges faced by their community.

What fact-finding and investigative strategies are most effective for documenting abuse against still-nascent movements of vulnerable people? How can international human rights organizations ensure that their work empowers—rather than endangers—marginalized communities? What unique legal and social challenges are faced by Haiti’s LGBT community and what methods have or haven’t been useful in promoting and protecting their human rights?

Please join CHRGJ and its partners at MADRE, Kouraj, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (UC Hastings), and IGLHRC as we bring together an exceptional panel of activists and human rights lawyers dedicated to discussing these questions and the general state of LGBT issues in Haiti.


Lisa Davis, IWHR Clinic, CUNY, MADRE, will be discussing the findings from an upcoming report on LGBT discrimination in Haiti.

 Charlot  Jeudy, Haitian LGBT activist, President of KOURAJ (a grassroots Haitian LGBT organization) will be discussing the current state of LGBT rights in Haiti.

Jeannine Melly, IWHR Clinic, will be discussing the findings from an upcoming report on LGBT discrimination in Haiti.

Meg Satterthwaite, Faculty Director of CHRGJ and Professor of the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law, will be introducing and helping to moderate the discussion.

Blaine Bookey, Associate Director / Staff Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, will be facilitating the discussion.

RSVP and a valid ID are required for entry. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at by March 5th. Refreshments and snacks will be served.


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