Prior to the incorporation of Justice and Environment Foundation, ‘JEF’; the founders of JEF were already involved in the Mau Mau litigation working with other entities in 2011 and as result, over 8,000 victims were registered. JEF is currently involved (working with other UK solicitors) in the ongoing Group Litigation in the UK seeking reparation against the British Government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London-UK). The suit concerns Mau Mau victims who were tortured during the British Emergency period between 1952-1963.
The JEF team is simply a group of people who work together to achieve a common purpose. This special team is assembled to perform tasks that plan or find ways to improve the lives of those in the community of its targeted group. At JEF, we have the rare ability to set aside personal prejudices and the willingness to take responsibility as a group.
Our work is characterized by having a sense of purpose to achieve a clear, specific goal that all members believe is important to attain.
This team consists of members who are capable of contributing to the achievement of the goal based on their level of knowledge or expertise.
Our success is brought about by a spirit of cooperation. All members work together to achieve a specific goal. The JEF team has strong leaders who can keep everybody on the same page.
We also have a set of rules that determines our operating procedures. These rules help to keep the team on track and eliminate ambiguities. All decisions, as a rule, is debated by the team members on a decision before it can be implemented.
The JEF team is held accountable as a whole for their failures as well as their successes. The Team leaders foster an environment within the team where its members are free to offer praise and criticism of other members with the idea that team results are what matters, not individual contributions.
WHAT WE DO
We offer assistance to people who may be otherwise unable to afford and/or unaware of their rightful legal representation and access to the court system. We regard our legal aid as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial.
Through this process, JEF aims to influence public and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. This includes many activities that JEF undertakes as an organization including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or polls or the filing of an amicus brief. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on issues, which play a significant role in policy formulation and also to facilitate civic engagement and collective action.
What makes us different
Client focus and the ability to remain strong and diverse are the main aspects of our organisation that make us stand out from everybody else because they are Closely aligned with our core values. These attributes reflect what our clients tell us in person and through our ongoing customer survey programme and service provision.
Godfrey Otieno Onyango who is currently pursuing his PhD in Environmental Science at Maseno University, holds a Masters in Environmental Science and a Bsc Agricultural Education (Egerton University). He is currently in-charge of research and logistics operations in the Mau Mau project. His research Master’s Thesis and publication has been instrumental in this flower farm project. He is a lead expert with NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority) and a co-founder of JEF , initially serving in the capacity of Secretary General, currently the Chairman of the NGO.
Ms. Loureen Imelda Achieng is a Lawyer working with Parliament of Kenya. She is the Executive Officer for Parliamentary Association on Sustainable Development Goals and Business and a Former Legal Consultant at International Development Law Organization ( IDLO) embedded in the Judiciary, at Commercial High Court of Milimani. Ms. Loureen is also a Consultant and trainer in Law and Sustainable Development Strategies and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law from Kabarak University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from The Kenya School of Law . She is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Studies.