VOICES FROM THE KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL

Voices from the ECCC collects, preserves, and publishes testimonies of former officials, stakeholders, and parties who participated in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The project focuses on collecting video interviews that explore the perspectives and experiences of those who worked with the ECCC. Primarily, the project will interview former court officials, including attorneys, judges, and administrative and other staff. In addition, the project will seek to interview other stakeholders, including organizations that support the ECCC as well as Cambodian government, other government, and United Nations’ representatives. The project’s goal is to serve as an educational tool on the ECCC, as well as a resource for further scholarship and debate on the ECCC’s success, lessons learned, and legacy. All video interviews and transcripts collected thus far are available below.

I have dedicated over twenty years of my life to the pursuit of justice for Khmer Rouge victims and survivors, and my work with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (otherwise known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)) has given me a diverse spectrum of professional skills and experiences that make me well-qualified to be a team leader at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). Between 1998 and 2007 (10 years) I worked for DC-Cam and between 2007 through 2018 (11 years) I worked for the ECCC, before returning to DC-Cam on 1 January 2019 as Director for Documentation and Democracy project. I am a child survivor and I have lost the majority of my close family members to the Khmer Rouge. My mother was executed during the Khmer Rouge regime and my brother disappeared. To this day, I have little information on what happened to my brother. In addition, both my father and sister died from malaria during the Khmer Rouge period, so in many ways it is my life’s work to give back to victims and survivors so their memory lives on. While I have worked predominantly in the fields of case analysis, data coding, and research in support of the ECCC and DC-Cam, I have been involved in a wide variety of grassroots projects and I have extensive experience in oral history research. While employed with DC-Cam, I interviewed over a hundred Cambodian and Cham victims, survivors, and Khmer Rouge cadres. I appreciate the importance of education, particularly because it is what gives teams and organizations the core competencies that are crucial to successful communication, learning, and future professional development. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Education and a Master of Law and Political Science degree from the University of Build Bright (BBU), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To me, leading teams means creating leaders on my team who understand the importance of our collective work. Ultimately, while the desired end state in projects must be measurable and documented for the public and the project’s supporters to see the progress in victims, survivors, and society, it is those small, intimate connections with the people we serve that really makes the value of our service tangible, as well as personally rewarding. I aspire to be the kind of team leader that not only can push teams to exceed the targets for projects but also see the tangible improvements to the individuals we serve.

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