Defenders of the defenceless

Training paralegals and lawyers within defenceless communities to provide legal services for themselves and others. Because everyone deserves a fair hearing.

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Hear from our founder about why we exist. And our bold vision for the future.
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"There can be
No Peace
without peace, and there can be
No Justice
WiThout Justice"
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Why Justice?

From Uganda to the United States, we are living amidst a global justice crisis.

The lack of access to justice impacts 5.1 billion people worldwide – with effects on families, communities, and society at large. Three million men, women, and children are being held in overcrowded prisons without a trial. Countless voices are lost in the noise. But we are listening. 

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About Us

A common cause with unlikely allies, creating remarkable possibilities for good.

Founded in 2007 as African Prisons Project, Justice Defenders is a movement from all walks of life. As a registered UK charity and US nonprofit working across three African countries, we are a community of prisoners, prison officers, lawyers, judges, and allies. Unlikely companions, working together for justice.

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Our Model

Legal education, training, and practice with communities in conflict with the law.

Some things can only be seen through eyes that have cried. So we work within defenceless communities to offer world-class law degrees, paralegal training, and free legal services to those without. Our defenders are protecting rights while addressing wrongs. 

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Legal aid session for remands at Luzira Prison, Uganda.
Legal aid session for remands at Luzira Prison, Uganda.
The Impact

Transformation of Justice


auxiliary paralegals running legal practices at 32 prisons in Uganda, Kenya and The Gambia.


imprisoned clients without access to justice, served with free legal advice.


incarcerated clients released and returned to their families as a result of our work.


attendances by incarcerated people at legal awareness sessions.

Our Partners

In the spirit of solidarity and radical inclusion.

Lives are lost waiting for justice to arrive. We accelerate progress alongside governments, NGOs, national prison services, funders, the judiciary, universities, and the wider legal fraternity.