INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE
July 21, 2011
I worked with IBJ's Cambodia branch ansd was based in the Pursat office. Cambodia has a very high rate of illegal pre-trial detention and a serious shortage of criminal defense lawyers. For these reasons IBJ's work is instrumental. The Pursat Office carried a very heavy case load and at the time only had one lawyer on hand. In addition to the case load, transportation and communication obstacles also slowed the office's ability to serve the community. Despite these set-backs, the staff was incredibly dedicated and had a large impact on the community.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The attorney working in Pursat enabled many pre-trial detainees to receive trials who otherwise wouldn't have. In Cambodia you cannot be tried for a felony without a lawyer which is one reason why so many people do not receive trials. Many of the individuals were released after trial because they were found not guilty or had already served their time.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase communication between the Cambodian offices and the head office in Geneva in order to make lessons learned, best practices, and eLearning modules more accessible.
Volunteer & I worked with the office on case managment and public awareness campaigns.