A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti

Jagannath, Meena, Phillips, Nicole, Shah, Jeena | January 1, 2011

This article is authored by three attorneys from the Institute for Justice & Democracy and its sister organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), based in Port-au-Prince Haiti, who suggest a new, more sustainable model of lawyering for poor and marginalized populations. The BAI has developed and implemented a legal empowerment approach to human rights lawyering for Haiti’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in particular women and the displaced.