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Introduction

Too often we encounter people imprisoned for months or years before their trial even starts, who have no idea of their rights, no comprehension of the legal system and no legal aid to help them pay for a lawyer or interpreter.

From our offices in London, Brussels, and Washington, D.C., Fair Trials’ small team of dedicated and professional staff and volunteers make an enormous difference to people’s lives. We have helped thousands of people to defend the right to a fair trial. With your support we will continue to fight individual cases of injustice and will campaign for fair trials for people all over the world.

Campaigning is an integral part of our work improving fair trial rights around the world. In Europe, we are campaigning to put fair trials at the heart of EU justice. Every day in courts and police stations across Europe, hundreds of people experience violations of their basic rights. Although the EU has made important progress in addressing the persistent problems with criminal justice systems, there is still much more work to do before it can fulfil its vision of justice, freedom and security for all its citizens.

As a charity, Fair Trials relies entirely on the generosity of our supporters to carry out our important work. Without the donation of time and money, we would not be able to help the hundreds of people each year who contact us about being arrested, or work to transform fair trial rights around the world.

We also need help to spread the word online about our work. You can get involved by sharing our Tweets, posts, videos and articles with your friends, and keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest developments in our work by signing up to our newsletter, and following the News section of our website.

How Can I Help?

  • Raise the profile of a case: Share it online.
  • Campaign: Write to your local representative to request action on protecting fair trial rights.
  • Donate to our work: Fair Trials does not charge for its services and relies on your support to help hundreds of people each year. You may also wish to consider organising your own fundraising events. We are always happy to hear what people are doing to raise funds, and help out however we can. 
  • Inform others: Tell colleagues, friends and family about how we work for a world where every person’s right to a fair trial is respected.

I would like to know more

  • Sign up for our newsletters - you'll see on campaign pages opportunities to sign up for updates on specific issues to stay up to date on our latest cases and campaign work
  • You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Volunteering

Like many other charities, Fair Trials draws on key support from volunteers to increase its impact. This takes many forms, from our LEAP network, to students who are able arrange internships through their institutions for academic credit. We also work closely with a number of city law firms whose staff work on different campaign areas with us. 

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering for Fair Trials and contributing to our work, or visit the vacancies page.

Fundraising

Organising a sponsored event is a great way to help us raise money, whilst raising awareness of fair trial issues in your local community.

Fair Trials is grateful to those supporters who help us meet our fundraising challenge – it could be anything, from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to holding a bake sale. The sort of event you host is only limited by your imagination – so make sure it is something you will enjoy!

If you'd like to know more, then drop us an email. Here is our advice for successful fundraising:

  • Set yourself a target: Come up with a figure you would like to reach and let potential sponsors know.
  • Spread the word: The more people who know about what you are doing, the more sponsors you will get. Let everyone know – after all, you are doing it for a good cause.
  • Be prepared: Have more information on the work of Fair Trials to give to people and also how they can get involved.
  • Gift aid: If you're in the UK, make sure that your UK donors sign a gift aid declaration. This allows us to claim an extra 25p on each £1 you raise.
  • Use Justgiving: The site allows people to easily and securely donate online, removing the inconvenience of collecting cash from individual sponsors. The site also automatically calculates and includes Giftaid for UK donors. Visit Fair Trials' section on Justgiving to create your own page.

We are always happy to hear what people are doing to raise funds.

Legacies

Leave a gift in your will

Since it was first established in 1992, Fair Trials has helped thousands of people imprisoned in countries across the world. We have prevented many high-profile miscarriages of justice and helped people return home to their families and loved ones.

One way to help us continue this important work for years to come is to consider leaving a gift in your will. Every legacy we receive can have a significant impact on our work, offering a lifeline to many more people.

If you are interested in leaving a lasting gift and would like to speak to someone from Fair Trials about it, please do not hesitate to be in touch. 

Social Media – How to stay in touch with us

Our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn channels will keep you up to date on our work and let you know how you can get involved.

You can connect with us on our social media channels to keep up to date with our latest news, advice and case studies.

Have you seen a story that you think we should care about? Then get in touch and let us know. Increasingly, as we’ve seen through movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter – using your voice on social media can really make a difference.

Throughout our site you’ll find links to share our stories or information to make it as easy as possible.

We don’t use our social media for any kind of direct assistance, so if you’re looking for help in your own case its better to first look through the information in our Need Help section, and if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, then follow the prompts to get in touch with us over email.

Follow us on Twitter here.

You can also find individual staff members’ twitter accounts on their own staff pages.

Like us on Facebook here.

Connect with us on LinkedIn here.

While you’re at it, you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

That’s it for now, but we’ll let you know if and when we set up a Pinterest, or go back to our MySpace.

Opportunities to work with us

 

Office and Projects Administrator (Brussels)

Responsible to: Director of Finance and Operations (London)
Hours: Full Time 38 hours per week (Part time considered)    
Salary: Gross salary, commensurate with experience    
            
PURPOSE

To provide support to Fair Trials’ Brussels office and its charitable activities. The role will work closely with the Brussels team of lawyers and communications experts and the London-based finance and operations team to ensure the Brussels office and its activities are efficiently managed. This will include helping administer the office environment and supporting key processes and activities including finances, conferences and grants.

The role is important and integral to the sound functioning of the Brussels office, it’s team and projects and will require an individual with a flexible, can-do mindset.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the local Brussels team to manage the office including:
    • Correspondence and filing
    • Suppliers and office supplies including utilities
    • The work environment
  • Support the Brussels team with projects including
    • Conferences and events
    • Liaison with partner NGOs
    • Liaison with the European Commission
  • With support from the finance and operations team in London, support management of local financial and other processes including
    • Back-up for payments and approvals
    • Back-up for payroll and approvals
    • Holiday records
    • Credit card and petty cash administration
    • Personnel records
    • Banking
    • Financial reporting on grants
    • Compliance with Belgian governance requirements
  • Carry out any other duties that may be required by local or London-based management.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • The right to work in Belgium
  • Experience of working in an office environment
  • Competency with Microsoft Office based IT (including Excel)
  • Highly organised and systematic with effective time-management skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written, with fluency in English and French or Dutch
  • A quick learner used to working well under pressure
  • Self-confident and an ability to take the initiative, manage own time and workload
  • A team-player and a willingness to be flexible according to the current demands of the charity

Desirable

  • Experience of Belgian regulatory regime
  • Experience of EU funding
  • Experience of coordinating or supporting events and partnership projects

To Apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by Friday 12th April 2019.

Download the job description here.

 


 

Like many charities Fair Trials relies on the support of volunteers to do its work. These positions at Fair Trials have a massive impact on the charitable work we do and are an opportunity to gain an excellent insight into our work and develop extensive professional skills. 

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