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International Bridges to Justice

Geneva, Switzerland
Joined February 2012
Presence in: Burundi, Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Rwanda, Singapore, Zimbabwe

In recognition of the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. 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.

People Associated With This Organization

Charlène Buisson

China  
International Bridges to Justice
Joined July 2013

Grace Hwa

Myanmar  
International Bridges to Justice (Unverified)
Joined January 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods
I worked for the past approx. 9 years at a Public Defender (criminal defense attorney) in Los Angeles. I currently work in Myanmar with International Bridges to Justice, providing training and capacity building for Myanmar attorneys to represent indigent clients in criminal cases.

I am very interested in learning about Namati's community legal empowerment models.

I have a personal passion in the area of Environmental Justice and Advocacy.

Kyi Suu

Myanmar  
International Bridges to Justice
Joined October 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice
My cousin was accused of criminal breach of trust by her company and prosecuted in the court. She could not afford to retain an attorney. She had to face the trial in detention and got acquitted after spending some months in jail. She would have faced the trial on bail if she could get early access to counsel. Since then, I realized the importance of legal empowerment to people with legal needs. I finished my Masters of Law in 2018, and started to work in International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), focusing on: (i) providing free legal aid to vulnerable people accused in criminal cases, and community legal empowerment, (ii) enhancing the capacity of legal professionals, (iii) advocating, cooperating, and supporting justice stakeholders to make criminal justice systemic change , (iv) sustainable development of legal aid sector by cultivating capacity of the staff to build local leadership through five strong justice centers outside of Yangon. In 2018, as a legal interpreter & researcher in IBJ, I supported bridging between international legal experts and Myanmar lawyers in case mentoring, and consultations. I also worked with international legal experts in lawyer capacity building trainings, round-table discussion with justice actors, and bilateral meetings with justice policy makers. In 2019, as a program coordinator, I supported the international leadership in steering IBJ Myanmar team, in ensuring the implementation of program goals, vision and mission by justice centers. Working in programmatic role, I realized an opportunity to link the justice centers with university clinical legal education. In my time as a law student, there was no such opportunity, so I wanted to open opportunity for law students engaging in legal aid sector. I implemented an internship program which was successful through effective cooperation of each justice center. We have supported 50+ law students in 3 batches to intern in the justice center to learn casework, court proceedings, in-house mentoring, and community legal awareness. In 2020, with the remote international leadership support due to Covid-19 pandemic, I initiated collective local leadership to continue the operations by adapting digitization for legal awareness programs and lawyer trainings and expanding access to legal information for community in travel restriction areas through remote legal consultation service via telephone and social media in the justice centers. I also supported the justice centers to cultivate focused group legal discussion to promote access to justice and legal empowerment. Currently, as a country program manager in IBJ, I am supporting the team by developing risk assessment, security trainings and plans, legal coordination and strengthening community of practice in ensuring legal protection for pro-democracy and human rights activists especially representing juveniles and young activists in the dual hardship imposed by the coup and Covid-19 in 2021.

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