Program AreaEducation, Human Rights
Location of ImpactGlobal
Headquarters LocationGeneva, Switzerland
Founder DemographicsFemale, Racial or Ethnicity Minority
International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial. IBJ collaborates with State institutions in all of the countries where they work, offering insight from over 15 years of work and helps them to reform their legal systems from within. Their core programs are as follows:
- IBJ offers a wide range of training manuals, country assessment and scorecard tools, and other resources, all accessible to lawyers everywhere through the e-learning program. Through this online platform, IBJ provides essential legal information on due process rights, enabling those accused of crimes to report violations of their human rights at any stage, from arrest to trial.
- IBJ's Criminal Defense Wiki brings case law, codes, treaties, and other resources to lawyers in developing countries throughout the world and has been accessed by millions.
- IBJ also supports their JusticeMakers online network, through which they select defender activists and provide them with seed grants as well as a support network empowering them to undertake projects such as rights awareness campaigns, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and defense bar trainings. To date, IBJ’s JusticeMakers have included individuals from 37 countries including Colombia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Afghanistan.
- In addition to this global programming, at present IBJ maintains permanent programs in seven countries. Through these country programs, IBJ has been able to train police and prosecutors, empower defense lawyers, and genuinely change the manner in which criminal justice systems operate.