20 February 26 2009 HAITI Meeting Summary
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The International Program Haiti three-week educational Project for Haiti was arranged through World Learning, visitor exchange program, under the auspices the Department State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The professional objectives for this project were, part, provide the Haitian judicial officials with understanding the civil, criminal, military, and juvenile justice systems the United States and discuss the professional side the judicial system with lawyers and other legal professionals. meeting was requested with representative Judicial Watch discuss its mission and how works ensure that judges comply with the law. Judicial Watch attorney James Peterson met with the delegation its offices February 26, 2009. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nation public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. Attorney Jim Peterson welcomed the Haitian judicial officials and provided general overview Judicial Watch activities nonprofit, non-governmental organization that seeks combat corruption government, politics, and the law through the use open records laws. Mr. Peterson emphasized the importance adhering the rule law and discussed several recent lawsuits filed Judicial Watch. Mr. Peterson commented upon the civil rights lawsuit Judicial Watch filed just days prior this meeting one which drew immediate recognition the Haitian judicial officials due the intense media coverage surrounding the person Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential campaign. informed the delegation that The International Program Haiti the retaliation high-ranking state government officials against Joe Wurzelbacher sent clear message other Americans who might ask question candidate for public office. Mr. Peterson said citizens must feel free ask questions candidates for elected office without fear reprisal. The Haitian judicial officials expressed keen interest the work Judicial Watch.