JFAO

JFAO's Mission


Justice For All aims to strengthen the rule of law by increasing access to justice through the provision of free legal services ...

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JFAO's Vision


To see a peaceful and secure Afghanistan where the rule of law is respected, where democracy is institutionalized...

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About JFAO

JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you! JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you!
JFAO works to strengthen the rule of law and expand access to justice for vulnerable populations in Afghanistan. In particular, JFAO aims to expand the provision of competent legal representation in criminal, civil, and family law cases to marginalized and underserved groups in Afghanistan, particularly the indigent, women, children, and prisoners. JFAO also works to increase awareness among women, children, and families about their legal rights. We also train and develop future women leaders within Afghanistan’s legal and political sectors.

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    JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you! JFAO is not a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. Thus, any donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible, and will go to one of JFAO's volunteers in the U.S. who will transfer the donation to their Afghan account. Thank you!

Donors & Supporters

These are some of the women and children who have benefited from the support and generosity assistance of our partners and donors;

Saima’s Story

On 26 April 2014, around 11 pm, an intruder broke into the home of Saima, daughter of Ewaz Ali, who lives in the Ragh district of Badakhshan. Saima was alone that night because her husband was in another village. She had not yet gone to her bed when she noticed a bright light and then the door opened. The masked man then entered the house. Saima became scared and called out to him, “Who are you?” But he did not answer. She tried to escape, but he held her down and demanded that she have sex with him. Saima recognized him from his voice as Haji Emran. She begged him not to rape her tried her best to make him leave, but he refuses to leave and threatens to kill her. Meanwhile her baby is in the cradle yelling. Saima tells Haji Emran that she needs him to let her go so she can calm down her baby. So he lets her go just to calm the child. What he does not know is that Saima’s husband had hidden a pistol under the baby’s cradle for the protection of the family who lives in a remote area of the forest, far from any neighbors. Saima then took the pistol from its hiding place and shot the intruder to protect herself and her honor. The intruder runs away, and although she did not aim to kill him, Haji Emran ends up dead.

Saima then goes and calls her husband’s second wife. Finally, murder charges were brought against both Saima and her husband, Mr. Faizullah by the prosecutor before the judiciary and justice institutions. The primary court stated that her husband was an accomplice, and the judges convicted both husband and wife and sentenced them to the death penalty. Therefore, on 6/8/2014 Saima’s family members applied to JFAO in order to represent them in an appeal to the court. JFAO appointed a lawyer to represent the couple in the appeal phase. Based on the hard work and as a result of JFAO lawyer’s representation in the appeal phase, her husband was acquitted and Saima’s sentence was reduced from death to 5 years of imprisonment. Afterwards the JFAO lawyer was able to get Saima’s prison sentence reduced, for which Saima was very happy, and she said that it was all due to JFAO’s major help and assistance.

XX’s Story (Does not want her name to be revealed)

She became engaged to a man who was a doctor and they soon had the marriage ceremony performed. She had worked with several local and international human rights organizations prior to her marriage, supporting and defending many women and protecting them from domestic violence. During this time she had taken many trips inside and outside of Afghanistan too, which were all related to her jobs. The husband wanted her not to work outside of the home or travel any more, and instead wanted her to stay home, but she wanted to continue working to support women and human rights in Afghanistan. The husband decided to terminate the marriage, thinking that she doesn’t have any rights, will suffer and have no rights on him. But she applied to JFAO to represent her before the court, and in addition to proving the marriage case which resulted in her take both marriage portions from him, the JFAO lawyer was able to get her divorced from him too.

Farah Naz’s Story

Farah Naz lives in Faiz Abad, graduated from the educational faculty and for many years she has been working at Batash Vocational Training School as an administrator. During this period, a person by the name of Wahida daughter of Gholam Qader who is a teacher in this school becomes pregnant and takes her maternity leave. Beside taking her 4 months maternity leave, she works with another organization doesn’t show up as a teacher and is considered absent. The principal for this school whose name is Mr. Tora Khan uses white-out to falsify the attendance sheet. He then sends the attendance sheet to Ms. Wahida and orders her to sign on the marked places, and the mentioned teacher based on his order, signs the document, not knowing that her salary is being withdrawn by the principal for himself. The principal takes her four month salary for himself in this way. No one is aware of this fraud and wrongdoing because the principal behaves as a dictator, ordering the other headmasters and teachers to ignore the columns and rows of others on the attendance records. He was taking everything for himself. When his fraud was discovered, Ms. Farah Naz was accused as an accomplice for misusing her authority, and she was prosecuted too. She applied to JFAO for help and we appointed Navidullah as a lawyer for her. As a result the hard work of the JFAO lawyer, she was acquitted by the public security tribunal of the city court.

Lila’s Story

Lila is a nine-year old girl from the first district of Herat city. She was found by Police two months ago living on the roadside in Herat city. She was alone and there is no one to care for her, as she has no family. Police brought Lila to the Police station and sold her to Zahir, one of the cleaners at the police station, for 10,000 AFs. While law enforcement is supposed to be combating violence against women and helping marginalized girls, police in this case sold Lila and benefited from it, ignoring all of their responsibilities and disrespecting human dignity. Some days later, the Directorate of Women Affairs in Herat province received a call from an unknown source informing them of this incident. The Directorate of Women Affairs passed on the case to the JFAO program coordinator assigned to their agency. The JFAO program coordinator then contacted the Attorney General to follow up on this case. After an investigation, the Attorney General found the girl and handed her over to the Directorate of Women Affairs. She was later sent to an orphanage, which is where she currently resides. It is worth mentioning that the head of police who sold the girl to his cleaner continues to live freely like he never committed any crime, and he was never charged with any crime for his actions.

Ms. Shakila’s Story

Although Ms. Shakila had not yet reached her legal age, she was already engaged to a person through an arrangement between families. Shakila comes from a poor and disadvantaged family; her elderly father is unable to support their family financially, so Shakila’s mother must solve the family’s housing and other financial problems, and Shakila is the only hope in her mother’s life. Unfortunately, while Shakila was both underage and engaged, she became involved in an illicit relationship with another man. In fact, she became a victim of deception by that individual. As a result of that person’s deception, she escaped (ran away) with that infernal person and committed adultery. Police arrested Shakila and this man and placed them both in prison. Their case was referred to the court and the primary court decided to punish them with 5 years in jail. The outcome of Shakila’s case was intolerable to her mother due in part to the fact that her mother is the only person supporting their family. She was unable to handle the legal technicalities on her daughter’s case and attend to her family at the same time.

Fortunately, while Shakila was imprisoned in the children’s jail, the jail officials reached out to JFAO for help, so her case was referred to JFAO. As a result, JFAO’s defense lawyer defended her case in the appeals court. Fortunately as a result of JFAO’s efforts to free her from jail, the court decided to at least decrease her jail sentence from 5 years to 6 months, which is much more satisfactory to Shakila’s mother and the rest of her family. Shakila’s mother stated that, what JFAO has done for the family in getting her sentence reduced is an acceptable result, and she is very thankful for JFAO’s assistance on the case.

Ms. Shah Gul’s Story

Shah Gul, daughter of Mr. Tordi Nazar, is a 22-year old woman who lives in Baharak district of Takhar province. She was forcibly engaged to a man when she was only 13 years old. Her engagement lasted 9 years, during which time she lived with her parents. When the man became engaged to Shah Gul, he already had two other wives and Shah Gul was his third one. During the engagement period, the man threatened Shah Gul in a number of ways, even kidnapping her several times. Although she was returned after each kidnapping incident, the situation became intolerable for Shah Gul, and she begged Baharak Primary court for a divorce from that infernal person. But that rebellious man was not ready to give her a divorce, and he did not even attend the court to participate in the judiciary meeting and respond to the prosecutor’s questions. Then, the court decided to hire him a lawyer (subjected lawyer). After a judiciary meeting, the court decided that Shah Gul must be divorced, but the man’s lawyer protested and did not agree to the court’s decision so the case was referred to Takhar Appeals Court. Shah Gul had not known anyone in Takhar and there was no one there to help her, so the Appeals Court asked JFAO to hire a defense lawyer for Shah Gul and defend her case in the court. JFAO’s defense lawyer proceeded to defend her case in the Appeals Court and fortunately, the court granted the divorce after conducting an investigation and holding a judiciary meeting, in which JFAO participated. Ms. Shah Gul was therefore granted the divorce and she is no longer in the constraint of that accursed person.