In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Fordham Law School’s Disaster Relief Network (“DRN”) will host “Renewal and Rebirth: A Fundraiser for Haiti” on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 6:30pm–10:00pm, in the Lowenstein Building of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Proceeds will benefit the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (“IJDH”) and the Disaster Relief Network.
A year after the earthquake, survivors continue to live in tents, the cholera epidemic remains unchecked, and donors have failed to honor post-earthquake promises. IJDH has taken a leading role in advocating for a human rights-based approach to earthquake response. With a long-term focus on sustainable change in Haiti, IJDH partners with grassroots groups to develop an effective human rights advocacy program. Current IJDH projects cover topics including gender-based violence in internally displaced persons (“IDP”) camps and issues relating to IDP land rights and forced evictions.
The event will feature speakers, including Rodneyse Bichotte State Committeewoman for the 42nd District in Brooklyn, comedian “Haitian V,” and representatives of other organizations that aim to promote a sustainable recovery effort in Haiti. Additionally, the Vassar Haiti Project (“VHP”) will be selling Haitian paintings, handicrafts, and other artwork to benefit VHP’s school and medical clinic in Chermaitre village in the mountains of northwestern Haiti.
DRN is a public interest student group formed in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with a mission to serve populations affected by natural disasters. In March 2010, fourteen DRN members traveled to Haiti to run a weeklong camp for children—who were not in school because schools remained closed—in Cabaret, Haiti. DRN remains committed to assisting the survivors of the 2010 earthquake and is proud to support IJDH’s efforts to promote a human rights based approach to earthquake recovery.
Tickets to “Renewal and Rebirth,” which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Donations can be made via checks payable to Fordham University School of Law (designate “Disaster Relief Network” in the memo line) at,140 West 62nd Street, Room 08, New York, NY 10023.