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Ouk Vandeth – IBJ Fellow and Country Manager
Joining IBJ in 2007, Ouk Vandeth is currently the IBJ Fellow and Country Director of the program in Cambodia. Vandeth is responsible for the operation, coordination and success of IBJ’s legal aid services, Street Law activities, Roundtable forums and Lawyer Training. Vandeth is also responsible for strengthening relationships to both local and foreign governments as well as private funders to ensure IBJ’s growth in Cambodia.Vandeth survived the Khmer Rouge, and served as the Police Commander at refugee site two camp. He was a Police Official from 1985 to 1994, a time when it was socially acceptable for the police to obtain confessions by means of torture. After this experience, he was trained by Karen Tse and became one of Cambodia’s first public defenders. Vandeth was also one of IBJs first Fellows. In 1996, Vandeth was named Head of Kandal Provincial Legal Aid Office, the first Legal Aid office of Cambodia reconstructed after the Khmer Rouge. In 2004 he then became the Director of Legal Aid of Cambodia.He is now nationally recognized as one of the leading public defenders in Cambodia and currently sits on the board of Development and Partnership Action in Cambodia. Vandeth joined IBJ to facilitate change both attitude and culture of the Cambodian civil and judicial society towards legal rights and the use of torture as an investigative tool. His extensive legal aid experience means he understands the needs of the accused and more importantly the strategies required to successfully defend peoples’ basic human rights. He accepts that early intervention by a lawyer, citizen legal education and justice community discussions have positive impacts on preventing torture, excessive pre-trial detention and disproportionate sentencing practices. Mr Vandeth has therefore resolved to devote attention to preventing these injustices in Cambodia.
So Bengtharun – Deputy Country Director/Legal Advisor
So Bengtharun started to work at IBJ”s office in Phnom Penh as the Deputy Country Director/Legal Advisor in January 2014. He supports the Country Director in supervising and coordinating all projects’ activities. He also supports the Country Director in building the legal capacities of IBJ lawyers and strengthens the organization”s internal capacities. He is responsible for supporting the project team in developing the strategy of the organization in Cambodia.
Moreover he works with provincial staff and the program management team to identify programming challenges and solutions. He endeavors to build and strengthen relationships with partners, donors, governmental institutions, courts and other stakeholders. From September 2009 to June 2013 he was working as a Provincial lawyer for IBJ in Prey Veng province, where he was the only permanent legal aid lawyer in the entire area. He was also providing legal services to the poor in the adjoining Province of Svay Rieng.
Bengtharun enjoys working with IBJ because he likes to help citizens who do not have the means to hire private lawyers. Furthermore, he is very active in promoting reform within the judicial system in Cambodia. Before starting his journey with IBJ, he worked as a lawyer”s assistant at Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW). He also served as a lawyer at Legal Aid of Cambodia, Cambodia Defender Project, and was a legal trainer at a University. Bengtharun graduated with a Master’s Degree of Law and Political Science from the Build Bright University. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Law and Economic Science, which he completed in 2002.
Hok Meng Eam – Lawyer
Hok Meng Eam joined IBJ in February 2010. Currently working as a lawyer for IBJ’s Phnom Penh office, Eam is responsible for defendant advocacy and basic legal rights protection, achieved through the provision of legal aid representation and legal consultation during investigative and trial phases.Eam’s work has focused on criminal defense, strengthening the rule of law, good governance and human rights in Cambodia. She has extensive expertise as a lawyer, specifically in violations of the rights of children, children in the justice system, and women’s rights. Eam also provides advice and representation on issues of domestic violence, divorce, marriage and land disputes.Before joining IBJ, Ms Eam worked for five years as a lawyer for Legal Aid Cambodia in the Women’s Justice Program and the Juvenile Unit. She has gained experience across the Cambodian court system, representing clients in Cambodia’s Provincial Courts, Appellate Court and the Supreme Court.Eam holds both a Master of Law and Bachelor of Law from the Royal University of Law & Economics, Phnom Penh.
Through her work at IBJ, Eam remains committed to working towards eliminating torture, excessive pre-trial detention and disproportionate sentencing practices in Cambodia.
Chan Reaseypheak – Lawyer
Pheak joined IBJ in February 2010. Currently working as a lawyer for IBJ’s Phnom Penh office, Ms. Pheak is responsible for court advocacy for the effective enforcement of Cambodian Criminal Penal and Procedures Codes. Pheak also provides legal aid representation during the investigative and trial phases across Cambodia.Pheak has focused her career on access to justice promotion in Cambodia. She has extensive experience as a legal aid lawyer, focusing on representing indigent clients who otherwise have limited or no access to legal representation on domestic violence. Pheak also provides advice on divorce, assault, sexual and narcotic offences. Prior to joining IBJ, Pheak worked as a lawyer for three years at Legal Aid Cambodia. There she gained experience defending clients in criminal matters before the Provincial Courts, Appellate Court and the Supreme Court.Pheak holds both her Master of Law and Bachelor of Law from the Royal University of Law of Economics, Phnom Penh.Through her work at IBJ, Pheak holds the Police, Investigative Judge and Trial Judge accountable in upholding the Cambodian Criminal Penal and Procedures codes.
Kin Vibol – Lawyer
Kin Vibol was working in IBJ”s office in Takeo province (DRC1) since August 2011. He moved to IBJ”s office in Phnom Penh in December 2012. As a lawyer Vibol provides legal services to persons accused of crimes who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer themselves. He also organizes Street Law and Rural Education campaigns for indigent Cambodian citizens. Vibol is passionate about his work and is committed to helping the poor in rural areas who have limited knowledge about their legal rights. Prior to joining IBJ – between 2005 and 2008 – Vibol worked as a legal assistant for a local government official. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor”s Degree of Law from the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences, and in 2005 with a Master”s Degree of Law from the Build Bright University. Vibol was born in the Banteaydey district in Pursat province.
Charlène Buisson-Suhner – Program Officer
Charlène joined IBJ Cambodia in November 2012 as a volunteer and became Country Program Officer in March 2013. After graduating from the Higher European Studies Institute (Institut de Hautes Etudes Européennes) in Strasbourg, France with a master degree in Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation, she did an internship at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. During her studies, she worked as a volunteer with the humanitarian organization Solhimal which provides help in Tibetan refugees’ camps in Nepal and organizes child sponsoring. Then, she joined the association Plaider les droits de l”homme (PLDH) in Strasbourg where she provided classes for Master degree students and took part on the organization of a Moot Court ECHR contest (simulation of a trial case in the European Court of Human Rights).
Boosted by this experience, she wanted to have the opportunity to concretely work on the ground with an international organization specialized in Human Rights and justice. In working with IBJ Cambodia, she can apply practically her theoretical legal knowledge, gain new experience and realize concrete projects. It appears to Charlène fundamental to work and to get personally involved in using her skills and knowledge defending a fair cause.
Jenessy Rodriguez – Program Officer
Jenessy is a recent law graduate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was a Childlaw Fellow with the Civitas Childlaw Center as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French. In 2016, she previously completed an internship at IBJ’s office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Geneva, Switzerland where she worked on a variety of matters including cases of juveniles who were imprisoned despite not having yet reached the required age for detention. She has now returned to Phnom Penh to continue working on issues of arbitrary pre-trial detention as a legal program officer.
Jenessy’s interest in IBJ stems from working at a Chicago-based criminal defense firm as well as clerkships representing children with the Legal Assistance Foundation and the Cook County Public Guardian. Her other interests include trying to learn some Khmer, practicing yoga, and planning new travels. She is passionate about juvenile justice and hopes to use her experience to strengthen the legal, political, economic, and educational status of children at both the local and global levels.
Jeanne Salome – Program Officer
Jeanne got to know IBJ in Geneva, as she interned for 6 months with the organization at the end of her studies. She is now working at IBJ Cambodia since July 2013. She is happy to have the chance to learn how an international NGO works on the ground. Jeanne has a strong interest in human rights and is really motivated and inspired by IBJ’s vision of legal rights and collaborative efforts to implement them. Before that, she studied public international law and human rights. She spent a year at the University of Oklahoma in the United States and she finally graduated from the Human Rights Institute of Lyon (France). She also worked for the Institute Bioforce, a French association that trains humanitarian workers. She is really interested in arts and cultures. This is why she volunteered three times for a world culture festival in her home region in France, where she served as a guide for groups who came to share their traditional dances and songs. Jeanne is also found of learning new languages because it opens one”s mind and helps understand how things can be envisioned and characterized differently. So after English, German, Italian and a very little bit of Arabic, she hopes she can speak some Cambodian.
Sim Dalis – DRC Coordinator
Dalis is the Program Coordinator at IBJ”s office in Phnom Penh. She is responsibilities include the coordination of various reports, management of information on the IBJ intranet, collection of data for monitoring and evaluation and assisting the Senior Country Fellow with planning of activities. Her desire to work for IBJ is because the organization strives to protect due process and achieve fair trials for the accused throughout the world. Like IBJ, she is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries.While working for IBJ She would like to gain more experience in law, especially criminal law, so she can help other people to know the rights. Previously, Ms Dalis worked as a consultant in Kandal Court. At the Court she compiled monthly Court statistics using data from the Court”s register, trained and assisted other Court personnel to update the Court”s and Prosecutor”s office registers, conducted regular audits to ensure accuracy of the information contained in the registers. Ms Dalis has also worked as an administrative assistant at World Vision. She entered data for recording overall project expenditures, assisted the Administrative Officer and Accounting Officer in overall project administration, and provided support services to project staff, developed and maintained filling project records, assisted in the preparation of meetings, training and workshop, and assisted the coordination of monitoring activities for various projects. Ms Dalis graduated with the bachelor degree of Law major in Royal University of Law and Economics in 2009. She also holds an English literature degree the Human Resources University.
Long Savoeun – Finance Officer
Long Savoeun joined IBJ in October 2011. Savoeun currently holds the position of Finance Officer, and facilitates the financial operations in Cambodia. Savoeun has more than four years experience in finance, initially working for Legal Aid Cambodia, providing assistance in accounting and financial management.Savoeun has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Bachelors Degree in Forestry Science. Savoeun also has a Masters Degrees of Audit and a Masters Degree of Integrated Management of Agriculture and Rural Development. Savoeun has a strong work ethic and is committed to working honestly, giving confidence to donors and supporters of IBJ.
Sue Sokchan – Finance Assistant
Sue Sokchan joined IBJ in February 2014 as a Finance Assistant. She is responsible for assisting the Finance Officer and facilitating the finance operations in Cambodia. Prior to joining IBJ she worked as an Administrative Assistant at Mlup Baitong Organization in Phnom Penh from June 2012 to January 2014. Her task included entering all financial transactions of the organization into Quick book accounting system, selecting appropriate ledgers, project codes and allocating costs as required. She was also in charge of reviewing expenses claims to ensure that they were supported by adequate documents and in line with the organization’s and donors’ policies. In addition, she was checking supporting documents to ensure that each document or invoice was correct and re allocated the expenses to different donors as they were approved by the finance manager.
Sokchan was born in Kampot Province and she has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Vanda Institute of Accounting. She also completed a certificate in English for communication at the Cambodia International Cooperation Organization. Moreover she also completed a certificate at Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) where she is also a volunteer. She is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Peachtree Accounting and QuickBooks.
Ouk Chandyna – Administrator Officer
Chandyna is responsible for the day-to-day administrative tasks at IBJ”s Phnom Pehn office. Chandyna joined IBJ in 2008 to pursue her interest in helping the indigent accused in court and raising public awareness of individual rights.Prior to IBJ, she worked as an assistant lawyer and as a receptionist for Legal Aid of Cambodia. Before that she was a police officer for two years. Besides Cambodian, she speaks English and Thai.
Kong Chanratha – Lawyer”s Assistant
Chanratha joined the team in July 2012 as an intern after having graduated a Bachelor degree of Law at the Build Bright University. He also has completed courses in Computer Office, English, Secretary and Administration Affair and in Newspaper translation. Prior in 2010, he joined an Advocacy Skill Workshop with USAID, and he did social work with PHD in the gender field.
Chanratha started to work as a lawyer assistant in December 2012. He was motivated to work with IBJ in order to develop his skills and legal knowledge but first of all because he wanted to be part of IBJ’s objective to guarantee all citizens the right to legal representation. As a lawyer assistant in the Phnom Penh office, he mostly works at the Court of Appeal in meeting Court officials, following up cases and assisting lawyers in their tasks. In the future, he would like to become a lawyer, after having gained experience with IBJ.
He was born in Phnom Penh.
Sok Sopheak – Lawyer”s Assistant
Sopheak has worked in the Phnom Penh office as a Legal Assistant, with responsibility for Appeal Court work, since June 2012. Sopheak”s motivation to work for IBJ is to gain more experience of the judicial system, contribute to access to social justice and the advancement of human rights, and improve his legal awareness in general. Sopheak is a passionate believer in the accused”s right to legal representation and a fair trial.Sopheak worked as a translator for the Asian Development Bank project from June 2009 to March 2010 and performed a similar role for IBJ from April 2010 to April 2011. From August 2011 to November 2011, he was a Trial Monitor for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) at Banteay Meanchey”s Court of First Instance. Prior to joining IBJ”s Phnom Penh office, he was also a Human Rights Violation Monitor for LICADHO in Kampong Cham province.Sopheak was born in Kampong Cham province”s Cheung Prey district. Sopheak graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics with a Bachelor”s degree in Law in 2008 and a Master”s degree in Public Administration in 2011.
Seang Chanratana – Office Assistant
Chanratana joined IBJ in December 2012 as an Office Assistant, after a three months internship as a IBJ”s Legal Assistant. Prior to joining IBJ, she worked seven months as a Legal Assistant for a law office in Phnom Penh. She was motivated to work for IBJ because she wants to contribute significantly in the development of a social justice system, promoting the right to a fair trial. She strongly believes in human rights and wants to work with an organization preventing false arrest, illegal detention and unfair trial.
Born in Kampong Chhnang province, Chanratana holds a Bachelor Degree of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics. She also completed numerous courses such as International Relation, Administration and Secretary, Financial Accounting and English.
Kong Vothy – Security Guard
Mr. Vothy was born in Banteaymeanchey province in 1994. He is currently a sophomore at the National University of Management (NUM) pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in law.
Mr. Vothy was recruited as an IBJ security guard in December 2013. He is motivated to work for IBJ because he feels strongly about IBJ’s mission of being an organization which helps people that cannot afford legal representation to gain access to fair trials. Moreover it is an environment that will give Mr. Vothy the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and work experience in the legal field. In the future, after Mr. Vothy graduates, he hopes to help Cambodian citizens to better understand their legal rights. Prior to joining IBJ, in 2012 Mr. Vothy was working in the field of community development in Banteaymeanchey province. He provided legal advice to people in the area of drug laws. In addition, from August 2013 to November 2013, he worked as a food supplier in Lucky Super market.
Darius Rohani-Shukla – Legal Program Associate
Darius Rohani-Shukla is a 2L at William & Mary Law School in the U.S. where he serves on the Law Honor Council as well as leading initiatives in Lawyers Helping Lawyers. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics, and a minor in Business. Darius is interested in international human rights work, and is very excited about working in Phnom Penh to help increase the capacity of Cambodian lawyers.
IBJ Cambodia – Takeo Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 1)
#168, Phsar Nat Village, Roka Knong Commune, Don Keo City, Takeo Province, Cambodia
Ly Kosal – Provincial Lawyer
Kosal started to work for IBJ in December 2012 as a provincial lawyer in Takeo (DRC1) where he is providing legal services to the accused of misdemeanor or felony crimes who cannot hire a lawyer for themselves.
Born in Kandal Province, he graduated Diploma Associated Degree of Law in 2003 and continued in graduating a Bachelor Degree of Law from the Royal Phnom Penh University of Law and Economic in 2005. In 2007 he joined the Lawyer Training Center (LTC) and worked as a trainee lawyer for Legal Aid of Cambodia in 2008. He also completed numerous courses including Computer, Administrative and Secretarial, Marketing and English.
In 2009, Kosal worked as a lawyer for Legal Aid of Cambodia in Koh Kong province where he provided legal representation and consultation to rural poor people.
Chan Vanny – Provincial Investigator
Since joining IBJ in January 2011, Vanny has worked as a Provincial Investigator in IBJ”s DRCs in Takeo Province. Vanny was motivated to work for IBJ by the opportunity his position provides to apply his knowledge of law that he developed as a student and want to get more experience from the law sector.The most rewarding aspects of his job are helping citizens in remote areas to learn about the law and their rights, and it makes him very happy when the lawyer he works with is able to get justice for a person IBJ is representing. In the future, Vanny would like to continue his legal education to work in Legal organization in Cambodia. Prior in 2010 Vanny worked as Legal Intern in IBJ Phnom Penh city; he assisted to lawyer with some tasks at the court and in the office. In 2009 Vanny worked as Legal Intern at Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) in trial monitoring project. In 2008 Vanny worked as Volunteer at Star Kampuchea Organization in advocacy program. Vanny holds a Bachelor of law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh.He was born in Kampot province, and completed his certificate at Samdech Cheasim high school in Kampot province.
Khut Sreymom – Office Administrator
Since joining IBJ in January 2011, Sreymom has worked as an Office Administrator in IBJ”s DRCs in Takeo.Sreymom was motivated to work for IBJ because she think that with working in IBJ , she can develop her skills and knowledge. Moreover she can put her knowledge into practice in this position. Prior to joining IBJ, she worked as a teacher of English at UK Language School from June, 2010 and she worked as a Cashier at Midland Hotel from Sep, 2010. Presently Sreymom was studying Bachelor degree of Accounting at Vanda Institute of Accounting in Phom Penh from 2008 to 2011.She was born in Takeo, and completed her certificate at Hun Sen Slakou High School in Takeo province.
IBJ Cambodia – Pursat Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 2)
#36, Group 2 , Pur Ondort Village, Ror Leap Commune, Pursat City, Pursat Province, Cambodia
Roth Chantol – Provincial Lawyer
Chanthol joined IBJ in January 2013 as a lawyer in Pursat Province. He wanted to work in a legal organization in order to directly help poor citizens. He strongly believes in the necessity of the effective establishment of the rule of law in Cambodia in order to reinforce democracy and the respect of Human Rights.
Born in Takeo province, he graduated a Bachelor Degree of Law from the Phnom Penh Royal University of Law and Economics in 2005. In 2006, he graduated the Certificate of Aptitude in the Legal Profession (CAPA). In 2011 he graduated a Master Degree in Law from the Phnom Penh Royal University. Chanthol focused his studies in Democracy and Human Rights and has graduated numerous certificates such as a Certificate of Morality, a Certificate of Youth Participation in Democracy at YCC, and a Certificate of Human Rights and Law at ADHOC.
In 2007 he joined the Lawyer Fellows Program of EWMI and provided legal support for children and women. He then worked for four years as a lawyer for the Cambodian Defender Project (CDP) in Phnom Penh and in provinces and two years for Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC) as a provincial lawyer in Kampong Cham province. In this way, he gained experience as a lawyer, both in Phnom Penh and in several provinces. Though his work at IBJ, Chanthol remains committed to provide legal aid to poor citizens in order to promote the rule of law in Cambodia.
Chan Tola – Provincial Investigator
Since joining IBJ in June 2012, Chan Tola has worked as a legal assistant in IBJ”s office in Kampong Thom Province, having performed a similar role in the Phnom Penh office on a volunteer basis from 2010 to 2011. In the intervening years, Tola volunteered as a legal assistant with Legal Aid Cambodia. He now works in IBJ”s Defender Resource Centre in Pursat province. Tola is committed to facilitating access to justice for citizens living in the more remote areas of Cambodia.Tola graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics in 2008 with a Bachelor”s degree in Law. He was born in Pursat province, attending Bakan high school
Choun Loeurm – Office Administrator
Choun currently studies at Build Bright University anticipating a Bachelor degree in Finance and Banking, and has studied numerous other skills including English languages, Computer Credit Leadership, and Development Community. She graduated from Ottabong High School in 2006 and prior to IBJ worked as a receptionist and secretary for six months. Choun looks to share her contributions widely through IBJ in an effort to help the poor to understand their rights when they cannot afford representation, and she also hopes to obtain a greater knowledge and awareness about law.
IBJ Cambodia – Prey Veng Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 3)
#80, Village 5, Sangkat Kampong Leav, Prey Veng City, Prey Veng province, Cambodia
Prak Phin – Provincial Lawyer
Phin joined IBJ in September 2013 as a provincial lawyer in Prey Veng province. He was born in Svay Rieng province, he graduated a Diploma Degree of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in 1962 and completed the Certificate Degree of Higher pedagogical in 1964. He can speak French. Prior joining IBJ, Phin had worked as a teacher for 11 years, as deputy prosecutor for 6 years, as district governor for 12 years in Svay Rieng province. He had changed his job as a lawyer in Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC) for 8 years. Then he moved to work in Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) for 5 years. He started to work in IBJ because he wanted to gain more experiences of representation the accused person. And he is really like to work in IBJ due he used to work in LAC in such similar tasks.
Leang Sina – Provincial Investigator
Leang Sina is 38 years old, from Tean Ploueng Village in the Smong Commune of the Kamchaymea District of the Prey Veng Province. He moved to the Prey Veng Province in Phnom Penh in 1980, finished high school in 1988, and has taken law related courses.He served in the army as a soldier for seven years. He has also taken computer courses and has studied the English language. In 1995 he worked as an investigator in the Human Rights field in Cambodia for two years. In 1998 he worked as an Assistant to a Lawyer for Legal Aid Cambodia (LAC) in the Kandal Province until 2009. Sina desired to work at IBJ to gain increased experience and knowledge about the law. At IBJ he helps to dissiminate Rights Awareness Campaign materials, which serve to assist the Accused when they are taken to court.He hopes to contribute to the implementation of justice throughout Cambodia.
Seang Sarika – Office Administrator
Seang Sarika is 22 years old and was born in the Kompong Chhnang Province in Cambodia. She completed her studies at Soramarith high school located in the Kompong Chhnang Province. In 2007 she graduated from the Center for Banking Studies (CBS) in Phnom Penh with a degree in Banking.She also graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business and Economic Science in Finance and Banking at the Cham Roeun University of Poly-Technology in Phnom Penh. In 2007 she completed a training course in Secretarial and Administrative affairs at the Asia Euro Organization, and also completed a computer course. Sarika wanted to work at IBJ because she desired to use her knowledge by working within the community. She hopes to improve the development of the nation and to serve people who need to have their legal rights protected. She recognizes that tribunals are often unfair and that lawyers are essential to protecting the rights of individuals.Working at IBJ Sarika will also have the opportunity to learn more about the law and to gain relevant legal experience.
IBJ Cambodia – Rattanakiri Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 4)
Ou Kontil Village, Boeung Kanseng, Banlong City, Rattanakiri province, Cambodia
Mao Sary – Provincial Lawyer
Mao Sary is a lawyer at IBJ”s office in Rattanakiri. He started working IBJ in October 2010. He is currently the only permanent legal aid lawyer in Rattanakiri province. Sary was motivated to work for IBJ because it is an organization that will help poor people who do not have ability to hire the lawyer to represent their cases in the court and he want to help charged person who are charged in offense. Moreover IBJ focus on represent the accused person who got detention in prison and IBJ provide lawyer to represent to charged and accused person.Prior to working for IBJ, he worked as lawyer assistant at CDP for two year as part time job and he worked as judge assistant for 3 years as part time job as part as well. Sary studied at the Lawyer Training Center from 2005 to 2007.He worked as a Lawyer for LAC from 2007 to 2010. Sary graduated with a Bachelors of Law from Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh in 2004.
Phon Sophoes – Provincial Investigator
Since May 2011, Sophoes is an Investigator at IBJ”s office in Rattanakiri province. Sophoes was motivated to work for IBJ to develop his knowledge of law and help citizens in remote areas to know about their rights and laws in Cambodia.In the future, Sophoes would like to be a lawyer in Cambodia. From October 2010 to April 2011 he was a Lawyer Assistant Intern in Phnom Penh. Prior to intern at IBJ he has been a lawyer Assistant at BS lawyer office from 2008 to 2009. He was born in Phnom Penh. Sophoes completed his certificate at Chumpuvorn High School in 2006, and graduated bachelor degree of law at the royal university of law and economic in Phnom Penh in 2010.
Seang Sokly – Office Administrator
Seang Sokly joined IBJ in January 2012 as the Office Assistant in Rattanakiri. Sokly was keen to join IBJ to develop her accounting and administrative skills that she developed as a student. As a student at the Cambridge School on Writing Skills, Sokly developed skills in written and spoken English. Sokly has also completed a Certificate of Council in Microsoft Word and Excel, and a certificate of General Accounting, Takeo. In 2011, Sokly completed her Bachelors of Banking and Finance at Build Bright University, Takeo.Sokly was born in Takeo province where she also completed year 12 at Hun Sen Slakou High School.
IBJ Cambodia – Mondulkiri Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 5)
Doemsral Village, Sangkat Monorom, Sen Monorom City, Mondulkiri province, Cambodia
Chheang Makara – Provincial Lawyer
Chheang Makara is a lawyer at IBJ”s office in Mondulkiri. He started working IBJ in October 2010. He is currently the only permanent legal aid lawyer in Mondulkiri, a province in the remote and mountainous west of Cambodia.Makara was motivated to work for IBJ because it is an organization that will help him to develop his skills and knowledge as a legal practitioner and to provide a valuable legal service to society. Prior to working for IBJ, he worked as an intern lawyer at Gold Service Law Firm for one year as part of his qualification to practice.Makara studied at the Lawyer Training Center from 2008 to 2009. He worked as a Lawyer Assistant for Avocats Sans Frontieres from 2006 to 2008. Makara graduated with a Bachelors of Law from Build Bright University in Phnom Penh in 2005.
Cheang Sopheav – Provincial Investigator
Since joining IBJ in April 2009, Sopheav has worked as an investigator in IBJ’s DRCs in Pursat, Takeo and most recently Mondulkiri.Sopheav was motivated to work for IBJ by the opportunity his position provides to apply his knowledge of law that he developed as a student. The most rewarding aspects of his job are helping citizens in remote areas to learn about the law and their rights, and it makes hm very happy when the lawyer he works with is able to get justice for a person IBJ is representing. In the future, Sopheav would like to continue his legal education and qualify to practice as a lawyer in Cambodia.Prior to joining IBJ he has been a Legal assistant for over a year learning much about court cases and legal issue analyses Sopheav holds a Bachelor of law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh. He was born in Pursat, and completed his certificate at Boeung Kengkong High School in Phnom Penh.
Um Sovanna – Office Administrator
Since joining IBJ in January 2011, Sovanna has worked as an Office Assistant in IBJ”s DRCs in Mondulkiri.Sovanna was motivated to work for IBJ because she want to get more experience , she can support for her living and she can help to citizen who need legal assistant. Prior to joining IBJ, she has been worked in department of women “s affair for one year.She was born in Mondulkiri, and completed her certificate at Hun Sen Mondulkiri High School in Mondulkiri province.
IBJ Cambodia – Battambang provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 6)
Kamarkar Village, Svay Por Commune, Battambang City, Battambang Province, Cambodia
Ngoun Sothea – Provincial Lawyer
Sothea joined IBJ in September 2013 as a provincial lawyer in Battambang province. Born in Phnom Penh city, he graduated bachelor degree of law from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in 2009. In the same time he completed bachelor degree of English. He also completed master degree of law in RULE in 2011. He completed the Certificate of Lawyer Professional Attitude in 2011. Prior joining IBJ, Sothea had worked as an attorney in private company for 2 years, as a teacher of law major for 1 year, as a teacher of English for 1 year. He interested to work in IBJ because IBJ in a non government organization which provides legal services to Cambodian people especially accused person whom vulnerably law abuse when they were accused by authority and court official. He finds out IBJ”s vision in involving justice sector and the rule of law in Cambodia especially, IBJ fund much budget and time in contribution with Cambodia government. As he is the one citizen and a lawyer, he could has opportunity involving with IBJ to help Cambodian citizen and government.
Ouk Kalyan – Provincial Investigator
As Provincial Investigator, Kalyan will be assisting defenders by gathering evidence and researching cases. She is passionate about working with the poor and providing them better access within the justice system. Prior to IBJ, Kalyan worked at Development Partnership in Action (DPA), an organization that advocates on behalf of Cambodia”s rural poor. Kalyan studied law at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh.
Men Phearun – Office Administrator
Men Phearun is 33 years old and was born in Phnom Penh. He joined International Bridges of Justice (IBJ) as a Finance Accountant Assistant volunteer in the Phnom Penh office in May 2013. Recently, Men was promoted to a permanent position at IBJ as an office Administrator in IBJ”s DRC in Battambang province, in January 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Banking from the National University of Management in Phnom Penh. Moreover, he also completed a computer course where his focus was on mastering his skills in the use of Quick book, Microsoft access, Excel, Word, and internet or email applications.
He was motivated to work at IBJ because he would like to help poor people understand Cambodia’s laws. In addition he would like to gain more experience in the area of finance.
IBJ Cambodia – Banteay Meanchey Provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 7)
Korethan Village, Ou Ambil Commune, Serey Sophorn City, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia
Nop Kunthol – Provincial Lawyer
Kunthol started to work for IBJ in January 2013 as a provincial lawyer in Banteay Meanchey (DRC7).
Born in Kampot province, she graduated a Bachelor degree of law in 2008 from the Royal University of Law and Economics. She also completed numerous courses including secretary and administrative affairs, computer courses, general accounting and project management. She worked for 3 years with the National Authority for Combating Drug (NACD) at the Ministry of Interior where she performed legal and administrative tasks. In 2009 she worked 2 years as an office assistant for lawyers and then as a Lawyer for the Khmer Apsara Law firm House for 1 year.
With her legal experience, Kunthol wanted to work for IBJ because she is well aware about the fact that numerous poor Cambodian citizens are abused or threatened and in the need of legal services. As a lawyer she felt she has to help them, to help the society in giving free legal assistance and prevent unlawful actions. In this way, IBJ perfectly meets her professional and personal expectations.
Chhim Rat – Provincial Investigator
Chhim Rat has worked at IBJ”s office in Banteay Meanchey province since June 2012. He was born in the Dorntoung District of Kampot province. Rat graduated from Build Bright University in 2005 with a Bachelor”s degree in Accounting and Finance. He has also completed certificates in computing, credit operation, management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Prior to joining IBJ, Rat worked in marketing for a private company for approximately 10 years. After working for the private company for so long, he became interested in working for a legal organization and found IBJ. He is proud to work for IBJ because he is involved in spreading legal awareness to Cambodian citizens. Also, he is motivated by IBJ”s mission to help less fortunate criminal defendants obtain better access to legal representation.
Kin Sreynuon – Office Assistant
Kin Sreynuon has worked for IBJ in Banteay Meanchey province since June 2012. Sreynuon was born in Takeo province, and she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor”s degree in Accounting. Additionally, she has obtained certifications in Financial Accounting, General Accounting, Computerized Accounting Software (Peachtree), Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Prior to joining IBJ, Sreynuon worked as a data encoder for VisionFund, from July 2010 to August 2011. With VisionFund, she was responsible for reviewing loan documents before entering them into the tracking system. She also handled various administrative tasks as directed by her supervisor, managed checking account repayment, and found timely solutions for problems encountered. From November 2011 to March 2012, Sreynuon worked in the recruitment sector of Amret, a microfinance institution. Now, she enjoys working for IBJ because it helps ensure a fair trial for poor citizens, and she is able to learn about the Cambodian law.
IBJ Cambodia – Kampong Thom provincial Defender Resource Center (DRC 8)
Village 7, Kampong Thom Commune, Steung Seng City, Kampong Thom province, Cambodia
Nou Chandeth – Provincial Lawyer
Chandeth joined IBJ in December 2012 as a provincial lawyer in Kampong Thom province with the wish to gain valuable experience, particularly in criminal representation for accused persons.
Born in Kandal province, he graduated a Bachelor Degree of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in 2007 and completed the Certificate of Lawyer Professional Attitude in 2010.
Prior joining IBJ, Chandeth worked for the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia as a legal assistant in providing legal services in numerous fields, notably in drafting commercial and labor contracts, and in filing litigation on labor, civil, or criminal cases.
He feels that working with IBJ is a great way to help poor accused persons and he is proud to be part of it.
Kan Senghouth – Provincial Investigator
Mr. Senghouth was born in Pursat province in 1990. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor”s Degree of law as a senior student at the Royal University of Law (RULE). Mr. Senghouth is particularly interested in Constitutional, Criminal and Human Rights Law. He also participated in workshops, legal trainings, and other events related to his work.
Mr. Senghouth started to work at IBJ as an intern for the Court of Appeal in October 2012, and then as an IBJ security guard in June 2013 while he was still studying. In December 2013, he took the position of Provincial Investigator in Kampong Thom province. He chose to work for IBJ because he wants to apply and improve his legal awareness in line with practical law enforcement. He strongly believes that his intense effort and commitment to the justice sector will help to reduce human rights violations. Moreover he wants to expand his legal experience by helping citizens in remote areas understand their rights in Cambodia. In the future he hopes to become a pro-bono defense lawyer with the goal of representing people accused of criminal offenses and achieve the right to a fair trial. As a lawyer’s assistant in Kampong Thom office, he works at the Court of First Instance, where he meets justice stakeholders, follows up on cases, investigates, interviews clients and assists the provincial lawyer in his daily tasks.
Lign Lida – Office Assistant
Lign Lida returned to IBJ in June 2012 as an office administrator in the Kampong Thom office, having previously volunteered as a finance assistant for six months. Other experience includes six months in the accountancy division of the company Sok Heng.Lida obtained a Bachelor”s degree in Accounting from Vanda Institute in 2011. She also holds an Association Degree in English Literature from Human Resource University (HRU). She attended high school in Kampong Thom province.