Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ)
Jamaicans for Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizen’s rights organization that advocates for fundamental change in Jamaica’s political, social, judicial and economic systems in order to improve the lives of its citizens.
Contact PersonCarolyn Gomes, Executive Director
Opening HoursMonday – Thursday 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.
JFJ operates a range of programmes to promote good governance and advance the rights of all Jamaican citizens by improving public sector accountability and promoting human rights awareness. In addition, we offer a free library of human rights, legal,social and political literature for the public to access.
Legal Department & Response Team
Routinely monitors myriad ongoing cases that involve alleged abuses by agents of the State.
Assist victims by offering services such as basic legal advice, liaisons with and referrals to other suitable organizations
Providing legal representation in the Coroners’ and Circuit Courts as well as at the Privy Council.
Public Education and Advocacy
JFJ has developed several public education programmes to raise the awareness of citizens - rights.
Human rights presentations in high schools
Human rights training with police recruits
Legal advice and Socioeconomic justice workshops for residents of inner-city communities
Policy and Legislative Advocacy
JFJ works with decision-makers at all levels of society to help bring about positive changes in state mechanism primarily the justice system.
Increasing transparency is also integral to our efforts.
The organization also provides submissions in response to Bills tabled in Parliament so as to improve the quality of legislation being put forward to protect citizen’s rights.
We produce quarterly e-newsletter entitled Reform Matters that highlights current justice issues in Jamaica and is distributed to key industry and public sector decision-makers throughout the society.
A Justice Report as well is produced each year to complement the advocacy efforts. It details current cases, issues and outcomes in the judiciary and law enforcement sectors and provides analysis and recommendations for reform.
We actively monitor the situation in children’s homes to gather data, provide reports and lobby vigorously for the protection of Jamaica’s most vulnerable citizens.