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Empower HBBA Raise $25,000 to represent 250 Nigerians

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Hey there, I'm Yemisi Ojo, and I'm reaching out to you about a cause close to my heart.
Before I left Nigeria for further studies, I spent about 3 years volunteering for Hope Behind Bars Africa, which provides free legal representation to poor people awaiting trial in Nigerian prisons. I got to meet Chris, a young man who was randomly picked up by the police and tortured in SARS custody for months. He ended up spending five years awaiting trial in prison for a crime he did not commit because he was too poor to afford a lawyer. It only took one appearance by a pro-bono lawyer from Hope Behind Bars Africa to get him out.
Today, Chris has been able to rebuild his life and is advocating for justice.


Why It's Important to Me:
This cause hits home for me because I grew up in Sokoto, Nigeria and I experienced firsthand the impact of injustice within our communities, especially for people with meagre socio-economic backgrounds.
As a volunteer, I watched the passion of Hope Behind Bars Africa probono lawyers working tirelessly to provide legal representation. Sometimes they had to use their funds to handle certain cases.
Every individual deserves access to justice regardless of their circumstances. The pro bono lawyers are the frontline warriors fighting for the rights of the marginalised. However, they face financial obstacles that can hinder their efforts, especially with the current economic realities in Nigeria. . This is where you come in.

How the Funds Will Be Used:
The funds we raise will directly support the pro bono lawyers, covering vital expenses like transportation of the lawyers to court, filing fees and other necessities. Some part of the money will also be used for paying minor fines for those with petty crimes- like hawking or loitering. It will shock to know that fines as low as $10 or $20 keep people behind bars.

By easing these financial burdens, we empower the pro-bono lawyers to continue providing legal aid to those most need it. Your contribution isn't just a donation; it's a lifeline for individuals seeking help behind bars.

Let's stand together and make a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by our criminal justice system.
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