INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE via Crowdrise
October 09, 2013
BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE
ENDING THE USE OF TORTURE AS AN INVESTIGATIVE TOOL IN OUR LIFETIME!
Together we can do it – Now is the time!
Have you ever imagined being arbitrarily arrested? Can you imagine being tortured until you confess to a crime you did not commit? What would it be like to languish in jail for years with no trial or even formal charges?
We know all about these things, and are committed to ending them. This is International Bridges to Justice! To learn more, please click here to view the TED Talk delivered by our founder, Karen Tse.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Today marks the beginning of a weeklong effort focused on our work in Burundi. Please click here to see our special page highlighting our work in the central African nation. Only $250 can bring lawyers, judges and police together to solve local justice issues, or can fund four cases from start to finish. $1000 trains and supports eighty lawyers to provide legal services throughout the country. Please join us today!
International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to ensuring the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens throughout the world. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial.
Every day in countries throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of citizens are arbitrarily detained, tortured, and denied access to counsel. As a result, they don’t receive fair trials. The world can act to end torture as an investigative tool in the 21st century.
In recent years, 93 of 113 developing countries that practice torture have taken a strong stance in favor of human rights by signing international conventions and adopting domestic laws that safeguard the rights of ordinary citizens. Unfortunately, many of these laws remain unenforced due to a lack of trained lawyers, awareness, and resources. These critical gaps have allowed torture to continue unchecked as the cheapest form of investigation.
Traditional human rights work focuses on fact-finding and after-the-fact investigation of offenses. But the damage is already done. History is now begging the human rights movement to assert itself more aggressively: we can and must work to stop these abuses before they occur. This is what IBJ is doing, every day, throughout the world.
For more than ten years, IBJ has been building the movement to protect due process rights and end investigative torture. We are opening doors in justice systems, providing the accused with competent lawyers as early in the legal process as possible, and guaranteeing everyone the right to a fair trial.
Already, we are ensuring the basic legal rights of millions of ordinary citizens worldwide. More than that, we are changing the way that justice systems operate. But we are only at the beginning. Please join us on our journey to bring justice to every man woman and child worldwide.
What Can My Donation Do?
Your donation goes directly towards changing the lives of poor and vulnerable persons everywhere. With your support IBJ does the following:
- Provides direct legal representation to the poorest of the poor throughout the world.
- Distributes rights-awareness posters and conducts radio rights campaigns, reaching millions of ordinary people with essential rights education.
- Delivers in person rights-awareness information to juvenile defendants in pretrial detention.
- Convenes national level meetings of judges, lawyers, and police to build in country support and ownership for due process rights.
- Provides the criminal justice community with practical skills to protect individuals' rights.
- Trains police officers in lawful and effective methods of investigation.
- Makes the dream of ending torture as an investigative tool a reality in our lifetime!