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 interim 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.
Kenneth Kaufman – Program Associate
Kenneth Aaron Kaufman comes to us from Boston, Massachusetts as the program associate for IBJ’s China office in Beijing. Prior to working with IBJ, Kenneth worked as a research assistant at the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management, after graduating from Maine’s Colby College in 2010. He has been in China for over a year, and is fluent in Mandarin and English. Preparing to become a lawyer, Kenneth has deferred his legal studies at Northeastern University to get more experience in a legal setting abroad. Kenneth spends his free time playing baseball, and loves to travel.
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.
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.
Marcel Green – International Law Fellow
Marcel Green graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and a member of the Washington State Bar Association. After graduation, he practiced as a public defender for three years in Seattle with the Northwest Defenders Association. Prior to law school, he lived in China for over ten years and is a fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Pan Chenzi – Administrative Assistant
Pan Chenzi is the Administrative Assistant for the Southeast Defender Resource Center. Pan is qualified to practice as a lawyer in China and is currently completing a Masters degree in criminal law at Wuhan University Law School. Pan is the recipient of a national scholarship award and in 2009 won the national moot court championship along with fellow students. She received the honor of "Best Debator."
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.
Michelle Chan – Trainee Lawyer
Michelle Chan was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008 and will be admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada in 2013. Before joining IBJ, Michelle was a member of the legal cases team at Minority Rights Group International, and a defense team at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She has conducted research for the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. Michelle has also worked with asylum-seekers at the British Refugee Council and victims of toxic waste in Cote-d’Ivoire as a paralegal at Leigh Day Co. Michelle holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and an LL.B. from the College of Law.
Jamie Lanphear – Intern
Jamie Lanphear, a native New Yorker, comes to IBJ after completing her first year of law school at University of California, Hastings. Prior to entering law school, Jamie worked as a social worker at the Bronx Defenders, advocating for clients within the criminal and family court systems. Jamie has experience in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness, and has spent many years teaching on and researching about power, oppression, and systemic injustice. Jamie earned her masters degree from Columbia University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stony Brook University. She is excited to be in Beijing and looks forward to contributing to the work of IBJ.
Brad Sova – Intern
Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Brad recently completed his second year of law school at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brad first became interested in China during
college and spent a year after graduation in Beijing doing intensive
language study. He has continued to study China during law school,
where he is pursuing a certificate in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies and
is the current Executive Articles Editor for the school’s
Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. Additionally, Brad plans to study
abroad at Tsinghua University’s Law School this fall. Brad is excited
to be back in Beijing and to have this opportunity to apply everything
he has learned about China and its legal system towards IBJ’s
Chris Yusheng Huan – Intern
Chris Yusheng Huan is a second-year law student (LL.B. Candidate) at Peking University. He is serving as an intern at IBJ, where he mainly assists Ms. Kendall Goh with her legal projects. Prior to joining IBJ, Chris worked as a judge’s assistant in the High Court of Yunnan Province during his winter vacation and was the president of a student exchange program—IMUSE. Chris is interested in languages and Chinese dialects, Taiwan affairs, traveling and karaoke. Chris is leaving for Europe for an exchange program next semester and hopes to continue his study abroad after graduation.
Tina Yan – Intern
A native of Northern California, Tina holds a B.S. cum laude in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of California. While there, she studied abroad at Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, Fudan University and National Taiwan University. Tina is continuing her education at University of California; pursuing a J.D. degree with a concentration in International Law.
Zhu Yi – Intern
Zhu Yi is a 3rd-year law school student at Peking University. She grew up in the beautiful southeastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. The pleasant interpersonal atmosphere of her hometown shaped her optimistic character, and perhaps unconsciously convinced her to commit to a career that could help others to live an equally decent and enjoyable life. As she gradually realized that there are still many people deprived of their fundamental human and legal rights, she felt strongly motivated to devote her free time to volunteer in this area: its great difficulty, she believes, just represents its priceless significance. In addition to criminal law, she is also interested in transnational law and ADR (alternative dispute resolution). She plans to pursue an additional law degree in a foreign country, where she can hopefully integrate some of her interests. In her spare time, she loves jazz music and cooking. She believes traveling is a wonderful way to live life.
Stacie Zhang – Intern
Stacie is a senior law student at Beijing International Studies University. She has a strong interest in various legal issues and in how to improve Chinese judicial practice. She is really excited to work at IBJ so that she can put what she has learned into practice and help people learn more about the law. Here, she is responsible for some translation and assists other colleagues, whom she really enjoys working with. Stacie is still looking for the right direction for her career, and has decided to further her education in the U.S.A this September to gain more experience.
Helen Jiang – Intern
Helen is a junior student studying English Literature and
International Relations in Beijing Foreign Studies University. She developed
great interest in international law and legal reasoning as a one-year visiting
student at the University of Edinburgh. Responsible for assisting lawyers with
research and translating modules for e-learning, she enjoys working at IBJ very
much. Helen plans to pursue law studies in her postgraduate work and hopefully
to practice in a related legal area in the future. In her spare time she
enjoys traveling and British Parliamentary Debate.