International Bridges to Justice Receives $765,000 Award from the Skoll Foundation

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International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) announced today that it is the recipient of a $765,000, three-year award from The Skoll Foundation. The award is one of 16 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship presented by the Skoll Foundation to honor the most innovative and effective approaches to resolving critical social issues. IBJ will use the Skoll Award to advance its programs in China, Cambodia and Vietnam, continuing to train public defenders to zealously advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations and educate the public about their legal and human rights.

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) announced today that it is the recipient of a $765,000, three-year award from The Skoll Foundation. The award is one of 16 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship presented by the Skoll Foundation to honor the most innovative and effective approaches to resolving critical social issues.

IBJ will use the Skoll Award towards the establishment of an International Defender Institute, to replicate its successful Asia model to other countries around the world. In addition, IBJ will apply the Award towards expanding Communities of Conscience, a program which promotes education, instruction and cross-cultural exchange through the fundraising and volunteering efforts of “Communities” in developed countries to sponsor training sessions for lawyers from the developing world. IBJ will also use Skoll funding to advance its programs in China, Cambodia and Vietnam, continuing to train public defenders to zealously advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations and educate the public about their legal and human rights.

“IBJ Founder and CEO Karen Tse reflects the essence of a Skoll social entrepreneur: a practical innovator who resolves social problems and builds civil society’s infrastructure and effectiveness,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “Each organization in our portfolio of Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is tackling a complex social problem in order to promote healthy, sustainable communities. International Bridges to Justice is no exception. Together with our other social entrepreneurs, IBJ represents an incredibly powerful force for systemic social change.”

About International Bridges to Justice

IBJ is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to guaranteeing 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. To this end, IBJ significantly supports and enhances local and governmental legal aid efforts to protect citizen rights and to implement existing criminal justice laws through the provision of training partnerships, legal and administrative support and material assistance. For more information, visit http://www.ibj.org.

About the Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation advances systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs—individuals dedicated to pioneering new solutions that result in lasting improvements to complex social problems.

The Skoll Foundation invests in social entrepreneurs through the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. It connects them through Social Edge, an online community at http://www.socialedge.org and via the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School, Oxford University. It celebrates social entrepreneurs through projects such as The New Heroes, a public television documentary series that tells 12 dramatic stories of social entrepreneurs who bring innovative, empowering solutions to intractable social problems around the world. For more information, visit http://www.skollfoundation.org.

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