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International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 that is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. IBJ works to guarantee everyone the right to competent legal representation, protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial.

The images on this website come from participants in our Documentary Journalism Program documenting the work of legal aid lawyers in countries with transitional justice systems.

IBJ's Documentary Journalism program allows budding print- and photo-journalists to work closely with IBJ staff to document the cases of ordinary people, lost or forgotten by their criminal justice systems. Participants shadow human rights advocates as they work with clients, with the eventual goal of weaving these stories into a larger narrative about human rights and the end of torture in the 21st century.

In 2008 and 2009, IBJ placed interns in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Swaziland, Kenya, Burundi, Nigeria, and Brazil. The program gave our volunteers an invaluable experience and an opportunity to build their portfolio, simultaneously helping IBJ communicate the challenges ordinary people face in the midst of malfunctioning justice systems.


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