Advocacy for incarcerated families is insurance for our own incidental incarceration. We all as a community are an incarceration awaiting to happen. Ought we not to say when we encounter one behind bars; there goes I but for grace? None is immune to incarceration. Any of us can be a guest of the state. This realization humbles. Knowing this, what manner of humility need we have towards the whole question of incarceration?
It is the legacy we leave behind that is passed on to posterity and determines treatments and reactions towards families left behind when incarceration strikes. This, in essence is akin to saying, as you do to others, so shall it be done unto you.
Needless to say, families (women and children) of incarcerated men, suffer untold misery triggered off by the act of imprisonment. It calls for the need of an entity to come in and serve as a bastion of hope and resilience. The occasioned need requires an integrated comprehensive system to address both immediate and long term challenges. AFIFA- the Advocacy for incarcerated families carries the impression of a family behind bars. Is the family in essence behind bars? Indeed it is. Marooned by the instant and evolving myriad challenges and needs, labelled and ostracised by their community of residence, they are locked up in a seemingly open prison. As the man serves his due sentence as a criminal, his unconvicted family is serving a worse sentence in the community. This is a protracted insidious injustice that should be stemmed. We at AFIFA are privileged to be associated with the service of palliating the backlash of incarceration on the family.
We appeal to all and sundry who envision such vulnerability to join us in the bid to better our society by rendering the family resilient to the effects of incarceration.
Mr. Joseph okuya.
A certified professional mediator, an author, an educator, a nurse and a sociologist.