Destination Justice evolved from countless conversations between rule of law and human rights supporters. The themes of these conversations traced many of the principles which are today cornerstones of our unique Destination Justice approach, including the value of a sustainable and holistic approach to rule of law and human rights issues; the potential of technology, and more generally, innovative approaches, to effect positive change; and the value of placing professional development at the core of an organisation’s focus.
These conversations, in turn, evolved into fruitful and exciting informal collaborations. These included informal efforts to fundraise money for victims of a brutal stampede in Cambodia during the annual water festival celebrations in 2010, the coordination of a Asia Pacific regional conference on court officers, and the development of a legal clinic at a French university in order to engage its students on a rule of law project (a project which became the first of Destination Justice’s projects). Our founding team members were also involved in various individual efforts which parallel with the work Destination Justice now undertakes, including human rights advocacy, teaching and training, and mentoring.
In December 2011, our founding team members decided to weave these disparate strands together and create Destination Justice. Its French and Australian associations were established at that time, and an initial team was recruited, working from remote locations. Within six months, Destination Justice opened its Phnom Penh field office. Less than a year later, Destination Justice registered as a Cambodian non-government organisation in order to facilitate a deeper and longer term program of work focused on Cambodia.
Destination Justice is still in the midsts of an exciting start up phase, with our projects ever expanding and our strategic direction continuing to evolve. If you are interested in partnering with us, hiring us or working with us during this phase, please contact us.