KIM­BER­LEY MOT­LEY

The 40-year-old Amer­i­can lawyer splits her time be­tween the US, where her fam­ily lives, and Kabul, where she works in the Afghanistani crim­i­nal courts, risk­ing vi­o­lence and death threats to en­sure jus­tice is served

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @WORK -

What rst rought you to Ka ul I went as a con­trac­tor to train Afghan at­tor­neys in 2008. But then I re­alised how great the need was, so in 2009, I opened my own prac­tice in Kabul. Why do you stay A lot of peo­ple come to me in des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions, and it’s hard to turn them away. I met with a woman whose hus­band put an axe in her head. The po­lice were only think­ing about ques­tion­ing him be­fore I got in­volved. Tell us a out your new ini­tia­tive,The Just­ness ro ect It’s a means to give the law back to the peo­ple. Many for­get the law be­longs to them. I want to cre­ate a blue­print for how I have tack­led hu­man-rights cases, so peo­ple can learn from my ex­pe­ri­ences. I’m also work­ing on a web­site where peo­ple can look up the laws of their coun­try in their na­tive lan­guage, and I’m launch­ing a comic-book se­ries so we can ed­u­cate kids on the law. What is the most mean­ing­ful case you’ve tried Sa­har Gul, a teenage bride who was tor­tured by her hus­band and his fam­ily. Know­ing where she was when we rst met – a shy, dam­aged girl – to watch­ing her speak up for her­self in front of the Supreme Court made me very proud. [Her in-laws were sen­tenced to 10 years her hus­band ed. You were in Ka ul’s Serena Ho­tel in when Tali an gun­men killed nine eo le Did the at­tack make you dou t your de­ci­sion to do this work

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