Justice Rapid Response is a discreet professional service provider. This makes us attractive to those that need our help. Yet those with the mandate to carry out investigations must be made aware of our existence as a resource. We reach out to States as well as regional and international institutions to explore the benefits of partnering with Justice Rapid Response, either directly or in their commitment to support other States and institutions.
Outreach also enables us to mobilize resources. We raise funds to both support our operational costs and ensure that no investigation is missed or delayed due to lack of funds. In 2015 we were able to secure funds for the great majority of our missions for which there was no funding available. As such fundraising efforts are time-consuming and not always successful, we have set up an International Investigations Deployment Fund. This Fund is intended to cover any part of the cost of deploying experts when a requesting State or institution is unable, and there is no ready and willing donor. In addition to working with our traditional governmental donors, we continue reaching out to the philanthropic and grant-making institutions.
We maintain a presence in Geneva, New York and The Hague. Our Executive Director and the Chair of our Executive Board regularly brief diplomatic representatives as well as travel to capitals to raise awareness. In 2015, our Executive Director spoke to a wide range of audiences, including: at an Expert Meeting on Documenting International Crimes in Syria, a Panel on the Principle of Do No Harm; at TEDxHamburg “Turning justice denied into justice achieved”; on a Panel Discussion on Strengthening the Fight against Impunity through Partnerships and Cooperation, in the context of the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia; and on a Panel on “Combat impunity, improve accountability and promote survivor centred assistance to victims of SGBV” in the context of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The requests for assistance and our ability to respond have grown exponentially: