Joy in Kenya
Joy has a passion for justice.
From the look of the homes belonging to her colleagues and lawyer friends, Joy could be living quite comfortably. Instead, she has chosen to run a legal aid service funded by the Kenya Christian Lawyers Association. She finds pro-bono lawyers to help poor men and women – mostly men – who have been arrested and held without trial, or without counsel.
Joy is pushing for a legal amendment that would credit pre-arraignment detention against any sentence, allowing the prisoners to go free if they served their potential sentence before trial.
Recruiting lawyers and others to help educate the poor about their rights and campaigning against violence toward women are top-drawer concerns for her.
Are restored lives more important than a lavish home? Joy would say ‘Definitely.’
Story attributed to: Wade Channell, USAID