Justice Rapid Response is a creative answer to a gap in the effective delivery of human rights and international justice. While started by States, today we are a multi-stakeholder facility that brings together States, international and regional institutions, civil society and the private sector. This gives Justice Rapid Response a unique ability to deliver. Justice Rapid Response can help investigations that only States can make possible; have the global reach that international institutions can provide; and move with the quickness and flexibility normally associated with non-profit organizations. Being a multilateral platform, together with the diversity of its roster, is key to making Justice Rapid Response’s assistance relevant and politically attractive. Every year, Justice Rapid Response reports back to its constituency of more than 100 participating States, institutions and organizations on its annual results and future goals.
Justice Rapid Response’s Executive Board is composed of the following States, organizations and individuals: the Netherlands (Chair), Argentina, Canada (Observer), Finland, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Switzerland (Vice-Chair), Uganda, UN Women, Ms. Athalia Molokomme and Ms. Yasmin Sooka. Its secretariat carries out operations through two legal entities, Justice Rapid Response Association in Switzerland, and Justice Rapid Response USA in the United States. The secretariat is headed by an Executive Director, who is selected by the Executive Board. Ms. Nina Suomalainen was appointed to this position in May 2018, seconded by Finland. The Justice Rapid Response Executive Board meets twice a year, providing oversight and guidance to the secretariat.
Justice Rapid Response’s Executive Board provides strategic direction and oversight to the Executive Director to whom it has delegated operational management. Justice Rapid Response’s headquarters have been in Geneva since July 2012, on the invitation of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Justice Rapid Response also maintains an office in New York.