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Mario Joseph
Bureau des Avocats Internationaux
Project Partner, Haiti

Mario Joseph, Av., BAI Managing Attorney, has co-managed or managed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) since 1996, and has practiced human rights and criminal law since 1993. The New York Times called him "Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer". He spearheaded the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented dozens of jailed political prisoners, in Haitian courts and in complaints before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. In 2014, he and Brian Concannon were awarded the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. In 2009, Mr. Joseph received the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award from the Center for Justice & Accountability and the Katherine and George Alexander Human Rights Prize from the University of Santa Clara Law School. He has testified as an expert on Haitian criminal procedure before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in U.S. courts, and served on the Haitian government’s Law Reform Commission. Mr. Joseph is also an educator, and a graduate of Haiti’s Teachers’ College. He has extensive experience teaching human rights and legal issues to grassroots advocacy organizations, human rights groups and victims’ organizations. He appears frequently on television and radio in Haiti to explain legal issues. Mario speaks Haitian Creole, French and English.

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