The Mothers of Victims and Survivors Network started in late 2017 and was officially launched on February 20th, 2020. It was formed for the purposes of documenting many cases of mainly extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, police brutality, and other inhumanities by the police.
MSJC’s “Who is Next” report on extrajudicial killings, and which was launched in 2017, contributed to the birth of the Network because it had documented many cases of police killings, and worked to bring together the families of the victims. Since 2017, MSJC has worked to unite the families of victims through meetings, vigils and even planting trees to memorialize the dead. Victims’ families also saw the need to come together and speak out against the violence they had faced or were facing.
We have also tried to provide suitable psychological support, through organizations like the International Justice Movement (IJM) and Peace Brigades International (PBI) who work in solidarity with us.
The Network initially started in Mathare, and later spread to other informal settlements, where the same kind of injustices was being experienced. The leadership of the Network has representation from the different social justice centers.
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Mothers of Victims and Survivors Network: From Victims to Community Defenders Publication