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mc.chelsea

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Review for International Bridges To Justice, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for IBJ, I worked on a closely-knit team to plan and administer a grass-roots criminal justice competition called JusticeMakers. This competition gave international legal professionals the support and means to implement their own criminal justice initiative. I acted as the main point of contact to the competition's applicants, which meant that I was in constant contact with people from around the world.

Volunteers at IBJ have a lot of responsibility, and my supervisor was always supportive and willing to take on my ideas. Overall, this was an incredible experience, and I felt that I learned so much, both from communicating with international professionals and from the fantastic team at IBJ.

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

I was able to experience the competition from beginning to end. Announcing the winners, and communicating with them about the next stages of their project was particularly rewarding. The projects' included building legal support for brick kiln workers in Pakistan, facilitating access to counsel for juveniles in Vietnam, and teaching a paralegal class to farmers in the Philippines.

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

As a JusticeMakers volunteer I sometimes felt segregated from the rest of IBJ. I would improve communication between the different projects going on in order to get the most out of volunteers. For example, there were days where I could have used help, and days where I could have helped others, so a little more encouragement to collaborate between projects would have been helpful.

Role:  Volunteer & I helped to implement a criminal justice competition.