INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE
July 19, 2011
I volunteered with International Bridges to Justice from September 2010 until December 2010 as a law school graduate on deferral from my permanent job with a law firm in Washington, DC. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience with IBJ. The staff is very small, which means a lot of one on one attention, and very dedicated to their organization. I worked primarily on helping establish and execute a grass roots competition to attract local attorneys in primarily Latin American countries to submit proposals for ideas they had on how to strengthen the rule of law in their country through educational or hands on programs. It was a good experience in teamwork as well as work management. Furthermore, I wrote a grant to help increase project funding for grass roots initiatives that focused on the intersection of criminal justice and HIV/AIDS.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I got to see how many ideas individuals around the world had their own ideas to strengthen the rule of law in their country and then I got to award 12 or so of them with a grant to implement their project. These projects are sure to help strengthen the rule of law through educational and hands on projects which will ensure that countless individuals receive the legal counsel many of their constitutions and governments already guarantee them.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
limit the number of volunteers that they have at any one time since the office is very small and can easily get overcrowded. Additionally, when there are too many interns there is not enough work to go around and interns can be left underutilized.
Volunteer & I helped fund local grass roots projects that sought to strengthen the rule of law in their home countries.