Posts by James


Posted on Jul 27, 2017 | Comments Off on AN OPEN MIND, AND AN OPEN HEART.

I have always thought any decent photographer should be able to work outside of their comfort zone. That one of the marks of my personal progress is to be a familiar name beyond Kenya. To be a ‘photographer without borders’. My perception of success changed on a very hot June in the middle of Nairobi when two lady photographers were left in my care for 2 weeks. Two professionals from the real Photographers Without Borders. At first site, Daniella, vibrant, super energetic, all smiles and hugs walking towards me at the airport from Canada. A day later came Mattie from Massachusetts, very...

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Posted on Jul 25, 2017 | Comments Off on REGIONAL CSO FORUM.

On the 3rd of July to the 6th of July 2017 HAART in partnership with GIZ held a conference for CSOs dealing with aspects of migration with a focus on human trafficking. The conference was held in Nairobi Kenya and it saw participants from East Africa and Horn of Africa attend. The participating countries were namely: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. The participants were about 34 in number. We also had guest from Expertise France, UNODC, IOM and GIZ Better Migration Management program implementing partners from Ethiopia and Sudan. The forum...

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Life in the victims department.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Life in the victims department.

A DAY AT THE OFFICE It’s been four months since I joined HAART Kenya in the Victims department. “Multiple phone rings at the office everyone too busy to pick up, as they try to find a solution to a case or solve an urgent victim’s problem. I pick up a minute later to my surprise it’s a referral case. The person on the phone states “I need to understand what you do as an Organization.” I explain what HAART Kenya does in relevance to human trafficking cases then my caller hangs up. I dial back and the caller says that they need help to resolve a case on child neglect. I am quick to remember a...

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HAART’s shelter inception; perspectives from the manager.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 | Comments Off on HAART’s shelter inception; perspectives from the manager.

”The first time I visited this place [HAART shelter] I was thinking – it just has it all for those girls. It is a place for healing and it is just a homely place… It is just what they need and it is a place with silence… I totally loved it” The idea of creating a HAART shelter came about when I was meeting another employee at HAART through a different job. I remember; I was talking to her and asked – “why is HAART not starting their own shelter?” I remember that after we had that conversation and she said; “You wait. We will think about it” One month later, she called me and...

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Human Trafficking in the Courtroom.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Human Trafficking in the Courtroom.

It is the third week since I arrived in Kenya. I am sitting in a wooden bench, in a courtroom located somewhere in Nairobi, surrounded by an expectant crowd that patiently listens to the Judge, the clerks, the prosecutor and the involved parties of each one of the cases. I do not understand Kiswahili yet, so I cannot really tell what is going on. However, Julie, my colleague, explains to me the development of each case as we wait for ours. We are there to accompany and provide support to one of the victims that receive HAART Kenya’s services at our shelter. Her name is Paula (fake name). She...

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