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International Justice Mission: IJM Kampala

Kampala, Uganda
Joined March 2016
Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. IJM’s global team of attorneys, investigators, social workers, and other professionals, combat property grabbing, slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police abuse of power, and other forms of injustice.

In Uganda, IJM focuses on combating the rampant abuse of property grabbing from widows and orphans in Mukono County and Amuru and Gulu Districts. IJM partners the Ugandan justice system in Collaborative Casework, taking cases of individual victims of property grabbing through the justice system and providing hands-on training and mentoring to public justice system actors in the course of resolving each case. In partnership with local authorities, IJM secures property ownership for individual victims, restrains and prosecutes property grabbing offenders through the formal criminal justice system, and supports victims of property grabbing through the provision of aftercare services.

In addition to Collaborative Casework, IJM also engages in System Reform, a comprehensive initiative to strengthen the justice system response in order to more sustainably protect vulnerable people from violence. In 2012, IJM Kampala launched Project Empaanyi in Mukono County to strengthen the Ugandan justice system’s capacity torespond to, deter, and prevent property grabbing. IJM’s office in Kampala is registered as a non-governmental organization and legal aid service provider.

People Associated With This Organization

Nina Asiimwe

International Justice Mission: IJM...
Joined April 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
I am a lawyer with a masters degree in human rights law. I have been involved in human rights work for eight years. I have especially worked with women and children in ensuring that their property /land rights are realized to the fullest. I have been involved in direct casework but most especially I have designed training material and also done multiple trainings for all the relevant stake holders involved in seeing to it that women and children have access to property. I am looking forward to learning from other people who are doing similar work and I also want to share with others what I have learned over the years.

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Shelley Martin

International Justice Mission: IJM...
Joined March 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
I'm Shelley Martin, currently System Reform Fellow with International Justice Mission in Kampala, Uganda. Working to both empower the community and strengthen the public justice system to protect the poor from violence. In Uganda IJM is engaged in a multi-pronged project utilizing legal case work and comprehensive system reform, specifically elevating the GBV issue of succession-related property grabbing from widows and orphans. I'm passionate about human rights advocacy, empowerment of girls and women, and innovating human development programs that celebrate culture while protecting, prosecuting, and preventing violence.
Shelley Martin is the network champion (main point of contact) for International Justice Mission: IJM Kampala.

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