Meet the team

AdvocAid is an organisation for women, led by women. Founded in 2006, it grew out of the work of the ‘Pademba Road Monitoring Group’, made up of four women involved in human rights and justice sector reform in Sierra Leone.

Sabrina Mahtani

Sabrina Mahtani

Board Member and Co-Founder

Sabrina Mahtani is AdvocAid’s Founder and former Executive Director, stepping down in July 2014 to become a member of the Board. Sabrina is a lawyer specialising in Penal Reform and Women’s Rights, now working for Amnesty International (based in Dakar, Senegal) as their West Africa Researcher.

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Simitie Lavaly

Simitie Lavaly

Executive Director

Simitie Lavaly is Executive Director of AdvocAid and a Women’s Rights specialist. Simitie’s belief in women’s rights and fair legal representation drew her to work for AdvocAid in 2009 firstly as a paralegal and later as Legal Officer, where she successfully represented the country’s longest standing death row inmate.

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Julie Mariama Sesay

Julie Mariama Sesay

Freetown Programme Officer (Senior Management Team)

Juliana Wilson

Juliana Wilson

Finance Officer (Senior Management Team)

Julie Wilson is our Finance and Administrative Officer. Before becoming part of the AdvocAid family, Julie worked with both the Brookfields Community Hospital and Rokel Commercial Bank.

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Jalahan Amara

Jalahan Amara

Kenema Programme Officer (Senior Management Team)

Serah Marah

Serah Marah

Social Worker (Senior Management Team)

Abdul Bundu

Abdul Bundu

Freetown Office Assistant (voluntary)

Abdulai M. Bangura

Abdulai M. Bangura

Bo and Kenema Duty Lawyer

Alimamy Koroma

Alimamy Koroma

AdvocAid Supported Law Graduate

Signe Roelsgaard

Signe Roelsgaard

Development Associate (Senior Management Team)

Amie Kondowa

Amie Kondowa

Kono Literacy Teacher

Augustine Samura

Augustine Samura

Kono Duty Lawyer

Ayo Max-Dixon

Ayo Max-Dixon

Freetown Paralegal

Ben Jalloh (C & J Partners)

Ben Jalloh (C & J Partners)

Makeni Duty Lawyer

Esther Sesay

Esther Sesay

Makeni Literacy Teacher

Gabriel Baion

Gabriel Baion

Freetown Associate Lawyer

George Sheriff

George Sheriff

Law student and Freetown paralegal (voluntary)

Hajwan Gbla

Hajwan Gbla

Freetown Literacy Teacher

Isata Mansaray

Isata Mansaray

Database Administrator

Ishmael Mammie

Ishmael Mammie

Freetown Duty Lawyer

Issa Sesay

Issa Sesay

Project Driver (National)

Katumu Kamara

Katumu Kamara

Kenema Paralegal

Lucy Bockarie

Lucy Bockarie

Bo Paralegal

Mariama Sheriff

Mariama Sheriff

Kenema Literacy Teacher

Marvel Lombi

Marvel Lombi

Freetown Paralegal

Namsa Thoronka

Namsa Thoronka

Freetown Paralegal

Nenny Kargbo

Nenny Kargbo

Makeni Paralegal

Patrick Steven

Patrick Steven

Freetown Office Assistant

Ramailieu Worneh

Ramailieu Worneh

Freetown Literacy Teacher

Ruth Bindi

Ruth Bindi

Kono Office Assistant (voluntary)

Sia Fatmata Deen

Sia Fatmata Deen

Go Bifo President (Voluntary)

Sidi Sowa

Sidi Sowa

Kono Paralegal

Tejan Jah

Tejan Jah

Freetown Duty Lawyer

Victoria Koroma

Victoria Koroma

AdvocAid Supported Law Student

Widad Worneh

Widad Worneh

Freetown Literacy Teacher