Christmas Welfare Donations to Women and their Children in Prison

AdvocAid donated welfare items (such as toiletries) to women and their children in Freetown Female Prison. We gave each woman her own “lappa” (cloth) which can be used for clothing, as a blanket etc We played some music and shared food, including fruit which is hardly part of the prison diet. However, our Christmas welfare donations were made more complicated as the female prison population in Freetown had almost doubled due to a police raid on a poor area of town. Thanks to your donations, we just managed to give most women a few welfare items each. We spent the rest of the day taking statements from the women with our Legal Officer, Legal Volunteer and law...

Monitoring and Welfare Visit to Bo and Kenema

AdvocAid’s Executive Director, Legal Officer and Volunteer Lawyer spent several days in Bo and Kenema to monitor and support the work of our paralegal in the Easter region. The visit included prison monitoring, distributing key welfare items to women and their children in Bo and Kenema prison as well as legal support and supervision of our paralegal. We also conducted meetings with several key stakeholders such as the police, courts and NGOs in order to strengthen relationships and partner networks.   The visit included two legal education radio programmes, with live call in sessions, conducted by Simitie Lavaly (Legal Officer) on Eastern Radio and SLBC Eastern. Several people called in and the discussions were very lively. Simitie covered issues such as rights when you are arrested, accessing bail and women in prison for debt.   The visit sparked the interest of the Premier News journalist who covered our visit. Click here to read more.     Photos taken by Catherine Seldon (Volunteer Lawyer) Project supported by a grant from Open Society Foundations...