INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Crime & Law

Location: 198 Tremont St # 447 Boston MA 02116 USA

Mission: In recognition of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice, as a non-government and non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in Asia. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee the rights of all citizens to competent legal representation, to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and to a fair trial. To this end, IBJ works to support and enhance governmental legal efforts in Asia to protect citizen rights and implement existing criminal laws through providing training partnerships, legal and administrative structural support and material assistance.
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Rating: 5 stars  

IBJ is an amazing organization led by a charismatic, thoughtful and dynamic women, Karen Tse. She leads a terrific team of talented staff who punch way above their weight class. The' impossible' is but a challenge for IBJ. Anything is possible if you have a plan, are smart and determined. And that exemplifies the work of IBJ. IBJ moves mountains. It is the cutting edge innovator in fighting against torture and providing legal assistance and aid in difficult circumstances.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

..my work as former board president.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...keep it exactly as it is. It is on the right track.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The focus of IBJ’s mission impresses me. The rights of an accused person, and the effective invocation of those rights by a defender on behalf of the accused, are so fundamental to a fair and just society. Yet, the ordinary citizen accused of a petty crime is so easily forgotten among the numerous social justice causes clamoring for society’s attention. IBJ does not forget.

IBJ’s practical, results-oriented approach also impresses me. IBJ works simultaneously with those who can lend legitimacy to its efforts – governments, bar associations, local officials – and with those who are on the frontlines of protecting criminal defense rights everyday – the legal aid and private bar defenders, of course, but also those with whom they interact, including police, prosecutors and judges. IBJ has a lofty vision of fair and equitable criminal justice systems, but its day-to-day work is in the trenches.

Finally, the audacious determination and undaunted dedication, not only of IBJ’s Founder and CEO Karen Tse, but also of the IBJ Staff, IBJ Fellows and IBJ JusticeMakers, is impressive beyond words. Nothing stops their efforts: not the pervasiveness of torture as a criminal investigation tool, not the prevalent political difficulties in the countries IBJ enters, not the enormity of the challenge. When Karen Tse says, “I believe it is possible to end torture in my lifetime,” how can we not help her and IBJ to do that?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

… speaking with defenders who have had the benefit of IBJ training. The skills training certainly helps them, but more importantly, these defenders are emboldened by the training. IBJ gives them the courage needed for their difficult work by showing them that they are not alone, but part of a collegial and increasingly well-equipped criminal defense bar that has international support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... expand its resources for growing and developing fiscal support. The demand for IBJ's services seems to grow faster does the pool of funds to provide those services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the 10 years of its existence, International Bridges to Justice has done more to protect and advance the human and legal rights of the average citizen of those countries it serves, through its collaborative and educational approach, than any other organization anywhere. We are led by the Rev. Karen Tse, whose individual idealism and determination have made the most extensive and most beneficial difference in more lives and more countries than any other human rights advocate today. I am truly honored to be a small part of this great mission and to serve alongside some of the best people I have ever known.

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I have personally witnessed the changes in behavior, language and treatment by the government agents and officials who are charged with enforcing the rule of law in their respective countries, resulting in evolved attitudes on the part of the government and the affected citizenry. Everyone seems to be touched by their experience with IBJ. It is truly amazing to witness the amount of difference that a single mission can make.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide IBJ with more funding in order to expand their work to more countries and reach more governments and people in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Board of International Bridges to Justice because of the work it does on behalf of the poor and the unfortunate. People who often are thrown into prison for no reason, other than they failed to pay a bribe, and are kept there for years without being charged or cared for. In fact many are tortured. IBJ brings legal assistance to these people. the work with governments to gain entry and therefore are collaborators rather than adversaries. This is truly a peace bringing and peace making organization. The founder and CEO is a visionary who works tirelessly all over the world to gain access with her teams of lawyers and legal workers.

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in viewing the cases and successes Karen and her staff have had in setting captives free.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add offices at other strategic locations around the world like in Africa and China

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