I recently joined the International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) team and, though not their most typical recruit (with my background in language studies and yoga), I'm excited to have the opportunity to share in the vision that Karen Tse, the CEO and Founder of IBJ, had only 13 short years ago.
A QUICK INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE (IBJ)
Established in 2001, IBJ has a substantial list of notable accomplishments which include the following:
- Training over 22,000 lawyers globally
- Reaching over 25 million people through awareness campaigns
- Establishing Defender Resource Centers in Cambodia, China, India, Burundi, Rwanda and Zimbabwe
- Representing over 8,000 individuals globally (IBJ staff lawyers and other lawyers trained by IBJ)
- Establishing a Criminal Defense Wiki, a unique resource for defense lawyer’s worldwide, reaching more than 1.5 million views since its creation in 2010
- Implementing projects in 31 countries throughout the world through 46 JusticeMakers Fellows.
With your support IBJ can continue to:
- provide direct legal global representation to the poorest of the poor
- distribute rights-awareness posters and conducts radio rights campaigns, reaching millions of ordinary people
- deliver in person rights-awareness information to juvenile defendants in pretrial detention.
- convene national level meetings of judges, lawyers, and police to build in country support and ownership for due process rights.
- provide the criminal justice community with practical skills to protect individuals' rights.
- train police officers to use lawful and effective methods of investigation.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS RE IBJ
The Global Journal has named International Bridges to Justice one of the world’s 100 best NGOs.
Karen Tse, Founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice, was chosen for the prestigious WIN Award 2014, given to one “outstanding and inspiring woman” each year.
Karen Tse has been also recognized by the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green as a leading social entrepreneur.
IBJ's slogan "Freedom is the rule, detention is the exception" became a part of the criminal code in Burundi.
To see Karen Tse's clear and inspiring TED Talk on the topic of ending torture as an investigative tool please click here
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