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Police Abuse Of Power

In many places, police not only fail to protect vulnerable people from violence, but they are perpetuating the cycle of brutality and violence themselves. IJM Kenya combats police abuse of power.

Police abuse of power is a devastating, global issue.

1 in 3 people in Kenya experienced police abuse or harassment in the last year.

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. Without a lawyer, the innocent person will often wait years for freedom. In the case of extrajudicial killings, surviving family members have started speaking out, demanding an investigation and the delivery of justice. For years, police could expect to get away with these crimes.

707 people have been killed by police or reported missing since 2007.

Missing Voices Kenya

Of those cases, only 26 people have been charged with a crime.

Missing Voices Kenya

IJM Kenya has helped release 279
innocent men and
women from
since 2004

4,849 police, judges, communities and others have been trained on police abuse and child protection.

IJM Kenya


"When I walked into court and saw my lawyer ready to advocate for me, my heart was happy and felt at ease"

Joseph Declared innocent after being wrongfully accused and imprisoned for 16 months by Kenyan Police

Since 2001, IJM has helped free 256 women and men from illegal detention in Kenya.

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[1] Open Society Foundations. Pretrial Detention and Torture: Why Pretrial Detainees Face the Greatest Risk.

[2] Independent Policing Oversight Authority. Baseline Survey on Policing Standards and Gaps in Kenya.

[3] Open Society Justice Initiative. Pretrial Detention and Torture: Why Pretrial Detainees Face the Greatest Risk.

[4] Ibid

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Your generous monthly support will help send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and have perpetrators held accountable.


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