What & why?
The International Justice Mission is planning to hold a ‘Jail Break’ with lawyers from Belfast and beyond to raise money for their work in Kenya. Their work in Kenya is twofold – tackling the endemic sexual abuse of children in Nairobi but also holding the police accountability for abusing their power and preying on the poor. It’s easy for a corrupt or incompetent police officer to frame and imprison an innocent person who can’t afford to pay a bribe. And without a lawyer, the innocent person will often wait years for freedom.
To highlight that so many innocent people are held behind bars in Kenya with insufficient evidence to charge, Avril is going ‘behind bars’ for one afternoon on 29th March. Each "inmate" will be charged with raising bail of £500 before they are released into freedom!
When & where?
1pm, 29th March, 2017 (at the minute, the plan is to meet at 1pm for some photographs and then go ‘behind bars’ before 2pm); Down County Museum Jail (The Mall, English St, Downpatrick)
What do you do now?
Avril would like to raise at least £500 in total on the afternoon International Justice Mission has made a short video which might help you understand here.
Avril's fundraising page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AvrilMcCammon
We hope this campaign will be fun. Whilst IMJ want this fundraiser to be enjoyable, they also want to highlight that their work in Kenya is serious. Last June, their lawyer, their client and their taxi driver, were abducted on their way home from court and found murdered a week later. They want to raise awareness of the issue of police brutality, and raise funds which will go to their office in Kenya to assist in their important work.