Founded in 1999, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance and improvements in state accountability and transparency. JFJ primarily works with victims whose rights have been breached by members of the security forces spanning unlawful search or detention, to excessive use of force and extra-judicial killings. The organisation tries to help everyone who seeks it help.
In addition to providing legal support via giving advice and providing legal representation in Coroners’ Courts JFJ operates a variety of programmes to promote good governance and advance the rights of all Jamaican citizens. The organisation also has a library of human rights, legal, social and political literature for the public to access.
Through the works of our action group we will bring about fundamental change in Jamaica’s judicial, economic, social and political systems in order to improve the present and future lives of all Jamaicans.
A Jamaica where the rights of all are ensured; where there is equal opportunity for citizens to realize their full potential and enjoy a sense of wellbeing; and where our culture is enhanced and respect shared.
Truth, Transparency, Integrity, Empathy, Humility, Respect.
Justice is the bedrock of any civilized and progressive society and all Jamaicans must have equal access to fair and impartial treatment.
Jamaicans are decent, law-abiding citizens; that each person is innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law, and that each citizen deserves respect, freedom and the right to enjoy a peaceful existence.
We believe in the protection of the Constitutional rights of every human being. Not only an organizational credo, our belief in protecting the basic rights of all citizens of Jamaica is reinforced by the recognition and acceptance of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The work of JFJ is carried out by its Secretariat which comprises members of staff and volunteers. Oversight of the organization and its activities is undertaken by a Board of Directors which is chosen from its membership. The Board of Directors and membership work in various committees to carry out special tasks.