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Association Justice and Mercy, AJEM, was founded in 1996, our main concern is inhuman detention conditions.
We are an NGO that is non-profit, apolitical and non-confessional.
We are mainly concerned with the respect of human rights, the fight against torture and cruel treatments and the work for the abolition of capital punishment.
Our team scope of work includes:
-Social and psychological support to prisoners, ex –prisoners, drug-users and Homeless -men.
(We conduct awareness sessions and provide therapy for prevention, mentoring, rehabilitation and post release- monitoring, we publish cases studies, quantitative and comparative studies.).
(We provide free individual legal counseling for prisoners in places of deprivation of freedom and follow-up on legal cases and files of prisoners who cannot hire a lawyer, we raise awareness about important legal topics relevant to the detainees needs).
- Medical support
(Advise prisoners on hygiene and arrange prisons to support the development and preservation of the hygiene of the places, we provide medication…)-Social and psychological support to prisoners, ex –prisoners, drug-users and Homeless -men. (We conduct awareness sessions and provide therapy for prevention, mentoring, rehabilitation and post release- monitoring, we publish cases studies, quantitative and comparative studies.).
(Training and language lessons and cultural /sports activities)
-Research and development
(To increase knowledge and improve practices in several areas such as health, legal and social…)
Our Head office is located in Antelias, and a reception center facing Roumieh central prison in addition to the Ajem Rabieh shelter (ARS) at Rabieh where former detainees and drug users are offered to live before being reintegrated into society.
AJEM’s Opioid Substitution Treatment Program (OST) first launched in 2012 within the Harm Reduction Program receive patients currently at the Rabieh Shelter.
The OST program’s main aim is to reduce the harm of drug misuse, such as the risk of transmitting blood-borne infections from injecting needles and sharing injection kits, by offering a substitution treatment for opiate-dependent people, over 18, who have suffered from multiple relapses and failed to remain abstinent.
The program is offered in collaboration and under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon where beneficiaries can be treated and supported to remain healthy and achieve psychosocial stability.