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CPL names Karen Tse winner of international activist award

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Founder of International Bridges to Justice to receive award from CPL

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL) has named legal pioneer Karen Tse as this year’s recipient of the Gleitsman International Activist Award for her efforts on behalf of people around the world who are refused their legal rights through arbitrary arrests, torture, and denial of counsel or a fair trial.

Tse, the founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), received the award and a $125,000 prize at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on Sept. 29.

As a lawyer working abroad for the United Nations, Tse saw the need that prisoners around the world had for proper legal representation — even in countries with established judicial systems. In 2000 Tse formed IBJ, an international nongovernmental organization established in Geneva to address these injustices.

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