Welcome To Kituo Cha Sheria
Kituo Cha Sheria (KITUO) is a human rights non-governmental organization. It was founded on 9th July 1973 as Kituo cha Mashauri by advocates who were committed to helping the disadvantaged and poor people who could not afford the cost of legal services. It is the first legal aid Centre established in Kenya. In 1989, the name was changed to Kituo Cha Sheria, Legal Advice Centre, now “The Centre for Legal empowerment,” and a secretariat established with full time staff. KITUO is largely supported by development partners. The organization nonetheless gets support across the country from Volunteer advocates in terms of their professional services.
KITUO’s services are provided to the poor and marginalized through various strategies, which include but not limited to provision of legal advice, legal representation, litigation, and community mobilization and organization. KITUO’s headquarters is in Nairobi but has a branch office in Jogoo Road and a regional office in Mombasa.
To empower the poor and the marginalized people to effectively access justice and realize their human and people’s rights through; advocacy, networking, lobbying, legal aid, legal education, representation and research.
A Society of JUSTICE and EQUITY for All
Strengthening human resources development and management systems
“There are many inmates who suffer behind bars and some end up dying. There are many issues and struggles facing prisoners”.
Kituo Cha Sheria continues to promote access to Justice through legal empowerment to the poor and marginalized. and Paralegal training is therefore important and cannot be fully appreciated without understanding that the basic human rights most of us take for granted are a battle for prisoners. Fundamental rights, such as: “the right to useful education and training,” “the right to proper medical attention” and “the right to due process in judicial procedures;” It is therefore important to train the prisoners and prison warders on fundamental rights, legal presentation, judicial procedures and ways in accessing legal documents.
Kituo Cha Sheria’s Forced Migration Programme (FMP) trained about 16 security officers from every County of Isiolo, Meru and Nyeri from July, 20 to July, 25, taking two days each in every county respectively. Every training was officially opened by County Commissioners who urged the officers to embrace such trainings as such would build their capacity in demystifying issues sounding refugees and security.
The officers were enlightened on the legal regime on refugee matters in Kenya that is the history of refugee laws in Kenya up to the making of the Refugee Act (2006), Refugee status determination (RSD), the 2009 and 2013 urban policy and alternatives to camp report.