International Bridges to Justice’s (IBJ) 2010 Asia JusticeMakers Competition, brought to you by the Lien Institute for Social Innovation, will search for and fund grassroots initiatives in Asian communities to promote criminal justice and ensure the legal rights of all men, women and children. The event builds on the success of a similar global initiative in 2008. A panel of eight judges will evaluate proposals based on a set of Judging Criteria, looking for those that demonstrate the most innovation, efficacy, practicability and sustainability. Eight competitors will be awarded $5,000 fellowships, seven by the judges, and one through a public rating process that will allow people to cast votes on final projects.

Organizations also have the opportunity to partner with the 2010 JM Competition, helping to generate and facilitate participation. With customized promotional materials and ongoing support from JusticeMakers staff, you will find partnering to be a straightforward and painless process. Some organizations such as Echoing Green, Global Giving, Give2Asia, Asian Philanthropy Forum and 1-Focus have already gotten involved in the competition and extended their support. Click here for more information on how your organization can be a part of the ’10 Asia JusticeMakers Competition.

For a glance at the other ideas of the 2008 JusticeMaker Fellows, click here. Rommell Alim Abitria is one of those fellows, implementing a paralegal project in the Philippines. Rommell has witnessed barriers to the delivery of justice first-hand, particularly where individuals could not afford access to counsel or were unaware of their rights. With the help of IBJ and JusticeMakers, he is tackling these issues by training inmates to become paralegals who can represent themselves in court and advise their peers. Click here to learn more Rommell’s project.

2010 JusticeMakers Fellows will be flown to the Singapore Criminal Justice Training Center (SJTC) to receive initial training from the JM panel of judges prior to the beginning of their project. In addition, during the implementation of their project, IBJ will provide Fellows with documentary photojournalists to record and raise the profile of their efforts.

The 2010 JusticeMakers Competition is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2010 and conclude in May 2010.

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