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Justice Defenders

London, United Kingdom
Joined March 2015

Defenders of the Defenceless

Presence in: Kenya, Uganda
Focus: Criminal Justice

Justice Defenders (formerly known as African Prisons Project) is a UK-based charity and movement of defenders working to provide legal education, training, and practice within defenceless communities. Founded in 2007, we work across 40+ prisons in Africa where prisoners and officers train and provide legal services for themselves and others.

People Associated With This Organization

Agnes Nakirya

Uganda  
Justice Defenders
Joined December 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
Agnes is an Academic Lawyer & Human Rights Advocate with experience in Access to Justice at grassroots levels, Public Policy Advocacy, Networking, Grassroots Capacity Building, Project Design & Management. She has been a contributor on national and international platforms and media on matters relating to Access to Justice and prisons. She was a presenter at the inaugural UN Solutions Summit in New York, the BBC Focus on Africa and TVC Trends Nigeria. Her long term goal is to help better realise a just, equal, global and socially inter-connected society where the principles of Equality, Human Rights and a belief in the inherent dignity of every human being inform all key decisions. Agnes is the Programme Coordinator at the African Prisons Project where she is responsible for the development of short and long term plans for programmes, monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance. She is hoping to share and learn more about the different innovative approaches to access to justice and human rights implementation.

Alexander McLean

United Kingdom  
Justice Defenders
Joined December 2016
Interests: Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Generalist Legal Services, Governance
I founded and direct the African Prions Project (www.africanprisons.org). Our work is to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison. We work to develop change makers amongst prisoners and prisons staff, especially through providing legal education and supporting members of the prison community in providing legal services to their peers.

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Alexander McLean

United Kingdom  
Justice Defenders
Joined July 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice
I am the Founder and Director General of Justice Defenders - formerly the African Prisons Project - committed to closing the justice gap for marginalized prisoners in Kenya and Uganda.

Bea Simpson

Uganda  
Justice Defenders (Unverified)
Joined January 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education
I am access to justice and equity related programmes and networks where sharing of information and strategies can be realised.

Briony Martin

Justice Defenders
Joined March 2015
Healthcare, Education, Access to Justice

Ehsanul Oarith

Uganda  
Justice Defenders (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice
African Prisons Project (APP) is an organization that works to promote hope, dignity and access to justice for individuals inside African prisons. As the Project Manager for Legal Aid Services, I am responsible for management of the Legal Aid Clinic established by APP inside the only maximum-security prison of Uganda. I oversee legal aid service delivery at the Clinic, which serves 1,500 clients inside the prison. I manage a team of six lawyers and ensure that the proper structure is in place to provide legal services from inside the peculiar environment of prisons. I also work on criminal appeal cases to Court of Appeal, where I examine possible grounds of appeal, advise clients and draft written submissions on their behalf. As the Public Interest Litigation lead, I am also responsible for identifying test cases that have the potential to stimulate policy change and challenge laws within the Ugandan Legal system that do not comply with the constitution or International Human Rights standards. I am currently representing 18 individuals who have been indefinitely detained in prison despite the fact that they were found to have a mental illness at the pre-trial stage. I am responsible for conducting the litigation process for each case, finding partners who will support APP in this process and building an advocacy plan that will maximize the impact of our achievements in each case.

John Muthuri

Kenya  
Justice Defenders
Joined July 2018
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
John Muthuri is a Human Rights and Access to Justice champion, Project Manager, Criminal Justice Reform advocate and a Legal Aid expert. He holds a Bachelor degree in Law and is currently finalising on his Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management. Muthuri has also been trained on Trial Advocacy, Commercial Litigation and Countering Violent Extremism.
He is currently the Legal Aid Manager at African Prison Project (APP), a UK based Charity organization that seeks to bring hope and dignity to men, women and children living and working in prisons across Africa. Ensuring that prisons in Africa become places of positive transformation which base their approach on human rights and rehabilitation through access to justice, legal education and improving prison conditions.
He is interested in the network for purposes of learning best practice, networking and sharing dthe best practice from his work of empowering inmates with legal skills and knowledge.

Matteo Cassini

United Kingdom  
Justice Defenders
Joined June 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice
Matteo is Justice Defenders' Community Development Manager. He is responsible for growing the Justice Defenders' community, overseeing its programmatic activities in the UK and for leading on the organisation's strategic development beyond East Africa. Matteo holds a Master's degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and has extensive experience in developing and coordinating projects in East Africa and the UK. Matteo is a value-driven programme manager with a proven track record of innovative solutions. He is a highly effective facilitator, a motivated coach, a creative problem-solver and a resilient human who is passionate about enabling social innovators to transform their communities. By Joining the Legal Empowerment Network community, Matteo hopes to expand his knowledge and networks to serve and empower justice defenders around the world to bring constructive change in their communities.

Peter Tibigambwa

Uganda  
Justice Defenders (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice
I am currently working towards advocating for a fairer justice system across all levels in Kenya and Uganda where more than half the prison population is on remand and more than 90% of those accused cannot afford legal representation. I am working towards ensuring that detainees have access to quality legal representation, prison staff are empowered to support in case resolution, and judicial officials are able to dispense justice through informed interaction with prisoners.

I have been privileged to earn the recognition of the Judiciary in Uganda as the best collaborator and partner with Justice Law and Order sector in Uganda on behalf of APP in 2018.

Willis Ochieng

Kenya  
Justice Defenders
Joined May 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice
I am an ex-prisoner who studied law while in prison. After attaining a degree in law while in prison, I was released. While I was in prison I got to understand the suffering that many people undergo while in prison due to ignorance of the law. I have been passionate about helping the vulnerable in society. After my release from prison, I secured an opportunity to continue helping inmates through the Organization which sponsored me for the LBB. The Organization was initially called African Prisons Project but has rebranded to Justice Defenders. I am working as a Legal Aid (Intern)in one of the clinics set by the Organization in a prison in Kenya.

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