Who we are

About Us

AdvocAid works with girls and women caught up in Sierra Leone’s unjust legal system. We are the only organisation in West Africa providing holistic access to justice via free legal representation, education empowerment, detainee support and a moving forward programme, ensuring detainees leave as stronger women with brighter prospects.


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Where we work

AdvocAid works across Sierra Leone, providing vital support to women in conflict with the law. We currently operate in ten locations including: Freetown, Waterloo, Masiaka, Bo, Kenema, Port Loko, Makeni, Moyamba, Magburaka and Kono. Our head office is based in Freetown.

Find the contact details for all AdvocAid offices.


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

Advocaid's Founder

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Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson

Advocaid's Co-founder

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Simitie Lavaly

Simitie Lavaly

Executive Director

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Our Partners

AdvocAid is proud to be working with numerous partners to deliver holistic and comprehensive support to women in conflict with the law in Sierra Leone. We know that by working together, we can have a greater reach and impact, whilst ensuring more organisations understand the legal landscape in Sierra Leone, in turn enhancing their service delivery.


British Council in Sierra Leone


Mama Cash

Open Society Initiative


If you’d like to feature AdvocAid in an upcoming news feature, are keen to run a story on our work, or would like to interview a member of our staff, please get in touch using our contact form, and select ‘News/Media‘ from the drop down options. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

You’ll find AdvocAid actively on both Twitter and Facebook, where we post about current affairs, issues facing girls and women, and all that we’re up to.

You can find all of our Press Releases and announcements on the AdvocAid Blog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions, to see if they answer your query. If your question remains unanswered, please get in touch either by completing our contact form, or calling one of our offices. You can find all of our details here.


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Get in touch

Are you?

We always enjoy hearing from supporters, partners, researchers and anyone interested in our work.

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions, which may answer your enquiry. If not, then please contact us using the below details.

AdvocAid Head Office:

1st Floor, 39 Brook Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 (0)33 572 526

To contact us by email, please complete the form to the left.

Our Stories

Find out more about AdvocAid through the stories of some of the girls and women we have represented