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Community-Owned Water Baseline Data: Science and Human Rights for Community Power Building

We invite you to participate in the next webinar of the Scientific Collaborations with Human Rights Organizations webinar series, co-sponsored by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition and the Movement Engaged Research Hub of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University.

This webinar focuses on the right to water in communities impacted by Haiti’s three gold mining and exploitation permits. The “spillover” effects of gold mining in Haiti have serious implications for water and other natural resources, extending its impact on local communities.

Webinar Description

The Global Justice Clinic at New York University Law School has provided technical support to the Kolektif Jistis Min (Justice in Mining Collective, or KJM), a group of Haitian social movement organizations formed to support communities in Haiti’s mineral belt and to encourage a national dialogue about the industry. KJM’s aim is to educate affected communities on the consequences of mining for water as well as the environment, work, agriculture, and land, to push for national transparency and a debate on mining. 

Our panelists include human rights and legal experts Margaret Satterthwaite and Ellie Happel from the Global Justice Clinic, hydrologists Beth Hoagland and Tess Russo, and Haitian activist and organizer Olriche Jean Pierre from KJM. Dr. John Dale, Director of Movement Engaged and Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University, will moderate the panel.  

They will discuss the lessons they have learned from the dialogue between scientific and local indigenous knowledge produced during their collaboration, and how these forms of knowledge may shape and become shaped by human rights principles and law. Additionally, the panel address the Importance of community participation and leadership in every phase of the study, and the challenges of negotiating when local knowledge versus scientific knowledge (or human rights principles) should prevail; how to translate data into advocacy for community rights, particularly in the context of an absent State; and how generalizable their project might be for contexts outside Haiti.

This Zoom webinar will provide simultaneous translation channels in Haitian Creole and English. Attendees can choose the channel they prefer.


This webinar series is a project of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. The team organizer is Oliver Moles, Ph.D.

To view past webinars in this series, please visit Scientific Collaborations with Human Rights Organizations.

Event Contact

Nate Weisenberg

Senior Program Associate

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