2014: Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph
Lawyers by training, activists and humanitarians by nature, Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon have courageously and successfully fought for the human rights of Haiti’s poor for two decades. They have stood up to death squad leaders, dictatorships, unjust economics and, when necessary, the United Nations and U.S. policy.
Mario Joseph is the Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer. He regularly defies death threats and government harassment to free political prisoners and prosecute perpetrators of massacres and rapes.
After eight years in Haiti with the UN and the BAI, Brian Concannon returned to the U.S. in 2004 to establish the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). IJDH supports the BAI and works for U.S. policies towards Haiti that live up to Americans’ highest ideals.
Learn more about them at www.ijdh.org.