Voice of America – Kenyan Aid Group Hopes to Bring Justice Closer to the Defenceless
Just two months ago, Isaac Ndegwa was behind bars serving a 14-year sentence for a robbery and violent crime. Now released, he speaks to Voice of America as a Justice Defenders legal intern.Read More
Righteous Convictions with Jason Flom – Alexander McLean on providing greater access to justice and the rule of law throughout Africa and beyond
Alexander McLean discusses justice across the world with American music executive Jason Flom.Read More
CNN – One lawyer's mission helping the incarcerated inspires global movement
CNN's Anderson Cooper introduces Alexander McLean as a Champion for Change. A programme shining a spotlight on the innovators, changemakers and pioneers who are challenging the status quo to improve the lives of others.Read More
BBC World Service – Morris Kabeira discusses the death penalty
From death row to Justice Defender legal officer. Following the abolishment of the death penalty in Sierra Leone, Morris Kabeira discusses the need for capital punishment to end across Africa.Read More
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams talks mental health with Alexander McLean
Justice Defenders Founder and CEO Alexander McLean chats with Rowan Williams during the Never Alone Global Mental Health Summit.Read More
CNN Full Circle – Alexander McLean talks with Anderson Cooper
Justice Defenders Founder Alexander McLean explains how technology has helped the fight for justice during the pandemic.Read More
Authority Magazine – Alexander McLean’s Big Idea That Might Change The World
As a part of a series about “Big Ideas That Might Change The World In The Next Few Years” Alexander McLean shares his audacious plan for justice.Read More
CNN Amanpour features Justice Defenders and paralegal Jane
One of our paralegals Jane shared her story with CNN International host Christiane Amanpour and our Founder Alexander McLean.Read More
An inside look into how we launched our work in The Gambia
Our Director of Growth Matteo Cassini how we launched our work in a new country, with new partners, during a pandemic.Read More
The transformational power of legal education in prison.
Our law degree programme is trailblazing. Education Leads Milly and Brenda explain how we’re unlocking talent and educating a new, unlikely generation of justice defenders.Read More
A break in the clouds: silver linings from 2021
Justice Defenders Founder and CEO Alexander McLean reflects on the successes from our year. He shines a light on how the team inside and outside of prison have overcome adversity through bravery, humility and solidarity.Read More
Carol Service 2021
A virtual Christmas celebration with our communities in Uganda, Kenya, The Gambia, UK and USA. Watch the service below. Then learn how you can help us expand to respond to the global awakening for justice.Read More
Celebrating Black academic excellence
This month, as we celebrate with our 28 University of London students who have recently received their exam results, it gives us pause to reflect.Read More
Our manifesto: responding to the grassroots need for justice in the US and beyond
As we respond to the mandate of the people, we remain grounded by our values of solidarity, humility, and bravery. To navigate the immense opportunities to scale our work, we are listening deeply to the grassroots need.Read More
Voices from our paralegals: “Justice means to me…”
Ahead of World Day for International Justice on Saturday 17 July 2021, we asked our trained paralegals in prisons across Kenya and Uganda what justice means to them.Read More
An update on our work during Covid-19
With Covid-19 cases on the rise in East Africa, Justice Defenders Country Directors Karen Saidi and Miriam Wachira provide an insight into how our work has been affected.Read More
Catching up with paralegals in The Gambia one year on.
Hear from three of our paralegals in The Gambia, as we celebrate a year of our work in the country.Read MorE
The unlikely activists. Reforming the criminal justice system from behind prison bars.
Success as Justice Defenders paralegals secure rights for suspects with mental disabilities.Read MorE
Fighting for the rights of mothers with postpartum depression.
Rose, like many mothers across the world, experienced depression. With a lack of medical care, she was treated unfairly by the law. Thanks to our work, she is reunited with her daughter.Read MorE
From death row to presidential palaces. One woman’s incredible fight for justice.
Having graduated with a law degree while incarcerated, Susan now travels the world campaigning against the death sentence.Read MorE
Punitive sentencing for petty offences; vestiges of colonial times.
In East Africa young people are persistently caught up in drug trafficking, loitering and pickpocketing charges, resulting in long periods in prison. Here Draconian laws still apply, yet to be reviewed for the 21st Century. So laws often criminalise and marginalise the people with least in society.Read MorE
“My 13-year imprisonment was a setup. They never wanted us to get married.”
Despite having the paperwork to prove Emily’s age and his innocence, Simon was convicted of aggravated defilement. No court would hear his appeal, so Simon spent 13 years in prison for a crime he, and Emily, says he didn’t commit.Read MorE
The law: Enforcing it, breaking it, studying it. One man's journey
When he used to work as a police officer, Gilbert would take people to prison with little thought about fair trials or sentencing. Until he found himself in conflict with the law he once administered.Read MorE
What's the impact of a university degree, if you still have many years left in prison?
Degrees mean extra responsibilities. Four students and graduates in Kenya and Uganda have been promoted to the highly trusted position of 'trusteeship'.Read MorE