Project profile — Access to Judicial Services in Haiti


UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (41121)
- 2016-12-29
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Haiti (100.00%)


• Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration:
Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration (15131) (25.00%)
Prisons (15137) (25.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
Human rights (15160) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to engage civil society as a key stakeholder for strengthening justice in Haiti so that it can play its role as a democratic counterweight, guardian of the rule of law, and pillar of inclusive and responsible governance. To achieve that goal, the project proposes actions at three levels: (1) support the Office de la Protection du Citoyen so that it can more effectively fulfil its role of promoting and protecting human rights, including women and minors; (2) build the capacities of civil society human rights organizations and lawyers representing victims of human rights violations; and (3) increase citizen participation through improved public awareness, including women and youth, of human rights, anti-impunity and anti-corruption issues.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access to justice for vulnerable persons, especially women, minors and prisoners; (2) increased legal and judicial services for civil society organizations (CSO) and justice actors to advance anti-impunity and anti-corruption cases; and (3) increased participation of SCOs and justice actors in dialogue with the government and international bodies on issues relating to the rights of vulnerable persons.

Results achieved 

Results to March 2023 include: 1) created a legal department specializing in strategic human rights litigation; 2) released more than 237 people; 3) provided legal assistance and legal services to 8,917 people in vulnerable situations, including 2,888 women; 4) raised awareness among more than 18,666 people about the impact of abusive pre-trial detention on women and girls; 5) achieved legal and judicial progress in 46 emblematic cases in Haiti; 6) published two children's books on human rights; 7) organized a first international conference on the fight against corruption.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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