Human Rights Attorney Mario Joseph

Haitian-American human rights attorney and Director of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario Joseph, provides legal services for those incarcerated for speaking out against the government of Haiti (GOH). He also goes to bat for impoverished Haitians and citizens harmed because of their political beliefs.


Mario Joseph earned his university degree from École Normale Supérieure and studied at Gonaïves Law School. He began his career as human rights counsel for the Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Church. In 1996, he became a member of BAI.

Joseph's most significant case was the Raboteau Massacre trial, in which he was lead counsel, representing survivors of the event. The six-week trial ended with 53 convictions and punitive damages of $43 million USD, assessed against the offenders. Joseph did not stop with the Haitian convictions. He assisted the Center of Justice and Accountability to try other instigators involved in the Raboteau Massacre in the U.S. judicial system.

Recently in 2012, Joseph and attorney Brian Concannon, Director of the International Justice Department of Haiti, brought an action against the UN, alleging UN troops in October 2010 brought cholera to Haiti.

Mario Joseph has been the target of death threats in 2004 and again in 2012 for his prosecution of several high-profile human rights cases. Many non-government organizations have come to his aid, pressuring officials to inquire about the threats.

Joseph has won multiple awards for outstanding human rights work from many prestigious law schools and other highly-regarded legal institutions.

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