International Bridges to Justice is led by a group of over 65 employees, interns and volunteers throughout the world. Browse through the staff working at our headquarters office in Geneva and our seven regional offices situated in Asia and Africa.
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Aurora Elizabeth Bewicke – Program Director
Aurora Elizabeth Bewicke is the China director for IBJ's office in Beijing, China. Prior to her work with IBJ, she was a practicing attorney, working primarily in the areas of criminal defense, victim advocacy and immigration. In addition to legal experience in her native United States, she has appeared before the Kosovo Property Claims Commission, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, as well as conducted research for the Office of the Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Her publications include articles on both Chinese law and international criminal justice. In her spare time, Aurora enjoys painting and language study, and can communicate in English, Arabic, French and Chinese.
Paula Ho – Legal Consultant
Paula Ho is a Canadian attorney with four years of experience in China before joining IBJ this past May. She was a Senior Researcher based in Beijing for Social Venture Group, a philanthropic advisory firm assisting donors interested in granting into projects in China. Prior to coming to China, Paula practiced corporate and commercial law for over two years in Toronto, Canada. She has also previous experience with Disability Rights Promotion International where she developed human rights assessment tools, and with Landmine Survivors Network (now known as Survivor Corps) in Washington D.C. where she researched and drafted rights education materials and provided support to the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Paula holds a BA with Distinction from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
Zhang Yun – Office Manager
Zhang Yun is the Office Manager for IBJ China Program, based at Beijing National Defender Resource Center. In addition to managing IBJ's central office, she oversees all of IBJ China's administration and regional and national finances. Extensively experienced with GMS accounting, Zhang Yun coordinates and manages financial reporting for all of IBJ's various projects throughout China and is responsible for ensuring accuracy and quality control. Experienced in event organization, Zhang Yun has successfully organized series of IBJ's events including trainings, workshops, and roundtables, etc. in the past years. With a wide network with stakeholders in justice community in China, Zhang Yun provides strong supports to China program development. A graduate of Fujian Normal University, Zhang Yun holds a B.A. in English, as well as a special certificate in accounting. Prior to joining IBJ, she served as an high School English teacher in Fujian and an Administrative Officer in the People's Government in Zhangzhou city, Fujian Province, where she was responsible for filing accounting reports to the provincial government.
Feng Sien – IT Specialist
Feng Sien is responsible for networking administration and technical troubleshooting at IBJ. He is also working on a number of projects for IBJ, especially the eLearning project. He is responsible for the software used for developing the modules as well as interfacing with our Chinese partner to resolve hardware and webpage issues. He is experienced in network and web management, and has taught classes in computing skills and English. He has worked for international organizations in China including the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and Chiomenti Studio Legale Beijing, an Italian law firm.
James McMath – Technical Associate
James McMath is a Technical Associate based in the National Defender Resource Center. He works on developing the IT facets of IBJ's China program, focusing on the creation of digital training materials and facilitating access to data and information on the local legal system. James has several years of experience in digital development, user support and educational technology, having served as a User Support Specialist at Reed College. He is an ardent student of Chinese language, culture and society, and holds a B.A. in Chinese literature.
Kendall Goh - International Training Adviser
Kendall Goh joined IBJ Beijing as an International Training Adviser from San Francisco. She has been a criminal defense attorney since graduating from University of Southern California School of Law over 20 years ago. Her legal practice has included death penalty habeas corpus cases in state and federal court; consultation with the nonprofit California Appellate Project (CAP), appointed death penalty counsel and experts; training capital defense attorneys and investigators; legal resource and website development; coordinating teams of attorneys and investigators working on late stage cases for CAP; teaching law students; and police policy research. She spent over 12 years with the California Office of the State Public Defender where she represented indigent individuals sentenced to death. From 2008 to 2012, she served as a San Francisco City Commissioner, Vice President and President, of San Francisco’s Board of Appeals. She is interested in Fengshui, land use and studying Chinese.
Xintong Wang – Legal Program Officer
Xintong Wang is the Legal Program Officer of the IBJ's office in Beijing. Prior to joining IBJ, she had worked with three major international criminal courts in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (in the Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. case), Trial Chamber I of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (in Charles Taylor Judgement drafting team) and Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (as a member of Prosecutor v. Momčilo Perišić trial team). She obtained an Advanced LLM degree in Public International Law with specialization in international criminal law from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She also attended advanced professional trainings on international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law in Poland, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands. Before moving abroad, she studied and practiced law in private law firms in China. She published on international criminal law in both Chinese and English. In addition, she holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Laws from University of International Relations in Beijing, China. She passed the national bar examination of the People's Republic of China in 2008. She speaks Chinese, English and French.
Joyce Zhao Hao – Legal Program Officer
Zhao Hao is assisting the Northwest Regional Director with the operation of the Northwest Defender Resource Center and the implementation of IBJ's program strategy for the northwest region of China. Zhao Hao received her BA in law from Renmin University in Beijing and LLM from Northwest Political Science & Law University. When Zhao Hao was a postgraduate student, she engaged in legal clinic program funded by Ford Foundation and was a volunteer of the legal aid center to provide legal aid service to indigent people in the Northwest Political Science and Law University. Before joining IBJ Zhao Hao practiced law in private law firm and was the legal consul for several organizations. Zhao Hao used to live and work in Singapore for 3 years and have a good understanding of how to work and communicate strategically in multicultural atmosphere.
Zhou Xiaoming – Legal Program Officer
Zhou Xiaoming is the Legal Program Officer of the Southeast Defender Resource Center. She is responsible for the implementation of IBJ's program strategy for the Southeast region of China. Zhou Xiaoming received her B.A. in English Linguistics and Literature and a second B.A. in law from Wuhan University in 2003. In 2006, she got her M.A., and in 2009 her J.D. with a specialization in Private International Law, from Wuhan University Law School. She passed the National Test for English Majors Band-8, with French as a second foreign language. While in Law School, she was a volunteer with the Center for Protection of Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens, providing legal aid to disadvantaged populations, specifically women, juveniles, the disabled, the poor and migrant workers. She was also an editor of "International Law Review of Wuhan University", which is a popular and academic international law review in China.
Chen Huan – Administrative Assistant
Chen Huan is the Administrative Assistant for the Northwest Defender Resource Center. She graduated from Xi’an Institute of Posts and Telecommunications in 2011. She has great interest in public welfare activities and believes she can achieve her ideals at IBJ. Chen Huan has a good command of English, and is also proficient in using computers and various software programs. Prior to working with IBJ, she worked as a saleswoman at a biotechnology company.
Song Li - Intern
Song Li is studying at the Beijing International Studies University, with a major in law. She approaches her work with guarded optimism. When she first attended a class on criminal procedural law, she found it exhilarating, thinking there might be some cliffhanging cases to be explored and discussed. But as she learned more about the criminal system in China, she was disappointed and dispirited by the status quo. Hearing about IBJ from a friend, she was delighted by its mission and commitment and wanted to contribute. In her view, if circumstances upset you, the best solution is to take action to overcome adversities.
Li Mengying - Intern
Li Mengying is a junior in the Tsinghua University Law School. Her experience moving from her birthplace in Hubei to Canton, where her family worked hard to win respect and equal treatment, taught her both how appealing and how difficult justice can be. She never hesitates to do things that bring her closer to justice. In a summer institute held in Geneva she met an American professor, dean of an HIV/AIDS legal clinic, who had done research on discrimination in litigation. The encounter inspired her to learn about the status quo of litigation discrimination in China, and to do whatever she can to push forward justice in litigation, regardless of the difficulty. She knows, IBJ is the very place where people work hard for the same dream.
Liu Lu - Intern
Liu Lu is a junior at the Tsinghua University Law School. She yearns for a world that is just and fair, and believes that a person's determination and investment can create change. She has seen first hand the contributions made by IBJ to China's criminal justice system, and feels honored to join the team.
Lin Wen - Intern
Lin Wen is a 4th year undergraduate student at the Law School of Peking University. Through participation in several voluntary activities and service as a member of a student NGO, she gradually gained enthusiasm for work in this area. In her Law of NGOs course she came to understand the importance of NGOs as a 'third sector' of society. Particularly interested in criminal law, she has always wanted to learn how procedural rules can be applied to defend the rights of the accused. Visiting IBJ’s website, she was impressed by its mission and approach. Eager to observe its operations as well as make her own contributions, she chose to join the team.