'Wildlife crime watch Is our "raison d'etre"
SEEJ-AFRICA (Saving Endangered Species Through Education and Justice) has been monitoring wildlife crime cases in the Kenyan courts since 2015. This includes 10 major ivory seizure prosecutions, three of which are ongoing. Of the seven concluded, there has been only one conviction with minimal jail time handed down considering the 3.8 tonnes of ivory seized.
While the criminal justice system in Kenya registers successes in many of the smaller seizures/arrests, it is abundantly clear that any case that involves considerable amounts of contraband or has links to transnational organised crime, is extremely susceptible to ‘interference’.
It is the goal of SEEJ-AFRICA to mitigate the risk of that interference through the monitoring of these cases in the courts and to report on the ongoing status of these prosecutions.
JUST BEING THERE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Judy Wangari - Contributor
LL.M, M.A, LL.B, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
Judy is a Kenyan environmental lawyer specializing in wildlife & forestry crimes who has previously been directly involved in offering prosecutorial support in major wildlife criminal cases. She has undertaken extensive research on the general trends and development of transnational illegal wildlife trade in Kenya and East Africa.
Chris Morris - Contributor
Chris’s background is Canadian law enforcement culminating in 2012-2013 in Afghanistan as an adviser/mentor for the Afghan police through the European Union Police Mission. It was, however, his time as part of the Charles Taylor war crimes investigative team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone that brought him back to Africa. Chris has for the past six years turned his focus of study to international wildlife crime, primarily in Kenya, and more specifically to how it is affected by corruption.
Irene Akinyi Awino - Contributor
Say hello to Irene Akinyi Awino. Irene’s specialty is education and outreach in the wildlife and conservation realm with experience at the Nairobi National Museum of Kenya and Kenyan NGO, Wildlife Direct. Irene brings her community spirit and creative style to the SEEJ-AFRICA team.