Sierra Leone Externship Blog now live!

AdvocAid is running a legal externship programme with the support of Open Society Justice Initiative. The externs are based with 3 legal aid organisations (Defence for Children, LAWYERS and AdvocAid) and gain practical experience working in legal aid and human rights work. You can now follow the experiences of the externs through a blog they have set up with the help of Volunteer Lawyer, Catherine Seldon. Click here to access the...

AdvocAid presents at the International Human Rights Funders Group Conference

AdvocAid was part of a panel at the International Human Rights Funders Group Conference this week in San Francisco. The panel was entitled “Flourish or Wilt? Taking Stock of Women’s Human Rights in an Era of Revolutionary Political Change” and we presented alongside courageous women activists from Egypt, Tunisia and Kazakhstan. We are very grateful to Mama Cash for this...

Monitoring Trip to Makeni

AdvocAid’s Executive Director and Legal Officer paid a visit to Makeni to monitor and support the work of our Makeni paralegal, Victoria Koroma, who is based with Access to Justice Makeni. We paid visits to the Courts and met with police, State Counsel and the newly transferred High Court Judge. We also visited Makeni Prison, Female Section and distributed welfare items, took detailed statements from the inmates and conducted general prison monitoring. We were able to put up posters concerning the Bangkok Rules, UN Standards for the Treatment of Female Detainees. Simitie Lavaly, Legal Officer, performed a bail application for a young female detainee (a former street girl) which was unfortunately refused due to her lack of family ties and fixed abode. We were very pleased with Victoria’s work and her impact in Makeni. Thanks to Open Society Foundations for their support of our work and GIZ who supported creation of the posters. Posters designed by Steph...

Celebrating 10 years of Peace

Today we are celebrating 10 years of peace in Sierra Leone and also remembering all those who suffered during the 11 year long civil war and those who still feel the effects today. Sierra Leone has come a long way since AdvocAid started in 2006 but there are still many challenges, especially for the girls and women we work with. The Peace Bird (c) Sierra Leone Refugee All...

AdvocAid Client Formerly on Death Row Discharged at Re-Trial

Great news to begin the new year! Another woman (formerly on death row) has been discharged. MSK was sentenced to death in 2007. Her conviction was overturned following an appeal by AdvocAid in 2009 and she had to undergo a retrial. An AdvocAid contracted lawyer managed to have her released on bail and she was at least able to be reunited with her family during the long trial process. Just before Christmas, she was discharged by the High Court. Congratulations to the entire AdvocAid Legal Team (especially Lawyer Kamara) and thanks to the Death Penalty...