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INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE
July 19, 2011

IBJ is a human rights organization that seeks to end criminal investigatory torture by strengthening the rule of law and developing legal aid systems in developing countries.

IBJ is a great place to work - the management board is nurturing and inspiring, the work is challenging and fascinating, and the international coworkers are amazing. While working there, my writing significantly improved and I was given the opportunities to meet brilliant legal minds at conferences, galas and other events.

IBJ works largely off volunteers, many of which are short-term volunteers. When I left the organization, I wish I could have stayed longer. Because of the goals of the organization, longevity and sustainability are important and some small details can go overlooked with a lot of short term volunteerships. I would recommend that people seeking to volunteer full time with this organization do so for no less than 9 months. Otherwise, they should work on very discrete projects.

The Great!

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

the creation of a community of defenders: during the legal trainings, I truly experienced the community spirit IBJ seeks to create throughout the world in its community of defenders.

Ways to make it better...

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

require internships no shorter than 9 months.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & As a volunteer attorney, I worked for IBJ by writing grants, conducting international legal research, drafting legal needs assessments, drafting talking points and speches for the CEO, and traveled to Zimbabwe and Singapore for assist with legal trainings.