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Standing up for the Innocent

In Kenya, it’s easy for a corrupt or incompetent police officer to falsely accuse and imprison, or even kill an innocent person who can't afford to pay a bribe.

Kenyan prisons are overcrowded and full of innocent people, but without a lawyer to fight for their release, they have no way out—and police who abuse their power to falsely arrest, extort or murder innocent men and women are not held accountable. Learn more about Police Abuse of Power.

There’s another side to the problem—when law enforcement does not arrest the real perpetrators of crime, violent criminals are not brought to justice. As a result, sexual predators assault children without fear of any consequences; sexual violence is rampant.

We’re strengthening the ability of law enforcement to protect vulnerable children and helping police to hold abusive officers accountable.

In 2018, IJM celebrated the first conviction of a senior police officer for murder. READ MORE.

We train and mentor prosecutors so that they can identify fraudulent charges, dismiss bad cases and prosecute abusive police officers.

We are training investigators from Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority to conduct strong investigations into police abuse that lead to successful prosecutions.

We are also training investigators from the National Police Service Commission’s newly constituted Internal Affairs Unit to conduct strong investigations into police abuse and to hold police officers accountable.

Our Team in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

Field Office Director: Benson Shamala
Focus: Police Abuse of Power, Sexual Violence Against Children

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