Legal Aid & Support for 450 Women in Sierra Leone

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AdvocAid will provide legal aid, literacy classes and critical welfare support to 450 vulnerable girls & women detained in prisons across Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. Without a legal aid system, many women are arrested for reasons of poverty or abuse. They can spend years in prison waiting for their cases to be heard, often for minor crimes they did not commit. AdvocAid will provide free legal services, ensuring women's rights are protected, along with critical welfare items to support their well being whilst in prison and literacy classes to help them prepare for life after prison.


Paralegals and lawyers provide legal aid for women in detention. Trained teachers provide literacy classes to women in prison. A social worker distributes key welfare items, such as soap, sanitary towels or items for babies in prison with their mothers.

Long-Term Impact

We will deliver legal aid, education and welfare support to 450 girls and women providing them with justice, dignity and a chance to rebuild their lives.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


AdvocAid's Facebook Page
BBC Radio Interview with Former Death Row Prisoner
IRIN News "Women, Debt & Detention"
Voice of America Article about AdvocAid's Work

Organization Information


Location: Freetown, Western Region - Sierra Leone
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @advocaid
Project Leader:
Simitie Lavaly
Freetown, Western Area Sierra Leone

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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