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Poor Man’s Friend Justice Centre (PMFJC)

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joined December 2018

Our mission is to meet the justice needs of indigents, vulnerable and marginalized members of society in Sierra Leone through quality, accessible, and sustainable free socio-legal aid services.

Presence in: Sierra Leone
Focus: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Poor Man’s Friend Justice Centre (PMFJC) is an organization that enhances justice by providing free community and criminal legal aid services to poor, marginalized and vulnerable people living in deprived communities in Freetown. The organization was founded in February 2017 by its Executive Director, Sonia Osho-Williams (Ms) in memory of her beloved father, the late Hon. Cecil Osho-Williams who was fondly known as the ‘Poor Man’s Friend / Lawyer’ and one of the pioneers of pro-bono legal aid services in Sierra Leone.

Barely two years since PMFJC was established, the Centre has provided documented support to over 3,100 people.

People Associated With This Organization

Sonia Osho-Williams

Sierra Leone  
Poor Man’s Friend Justice Centre...
Joined November 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a legal practitioner, founder and Executive Director of The Poor Man’s Friend Justice Centre, an organization providing free socio-legal services to poor, marginalised and vulnerabe peole living in deprived communities in Sierra, Leone. The organisation also provides legal aid services to the Milton Margai School for the Blind and the National Union for Disability Issues. I have worked in the legal aid sector for over a decade and have also worked for other legal aid organizations such as the Sierra Leone Bar Association’s Legal Aid Scheme and AdvocAid. I served the Bar Association as an Executive member for 5 years and also as the Association’s Head of Programmes.

Presently I am the Bar Association's representative on The Legal Aid Board and I am also working on establishing the Bar Association's first Probono Unit.

I am looking for networking opportunities, experience sharing and learning more from the network.
Sonia Osho-Williams is the network champion (main point of contact) for Poor Man’s Friend Justice Centre (PMFJC).

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