A Liberian man working for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights in Africa
Jerry Locula is a Liberian and former Human Rights Officer of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. He volunteered for the UN from November 2012 – June 2018. He was primarily involved in investigating and documenting human rights violations against civilians and advocating with government officials to promote and protect human rights. He is a Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Good Governance, Protection, Gender and Peace building Expert.
In 2011 and 2012, Jerry lectured at the University of Liberia’s Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation. He briefly worked for the Independent National Commission on Human Rights of Liberia in 2012 as Human Rights Monitor before joining the UN team in South Sudan where he spent five years and seven months working in three field offices with frequent assignments in the fields and headquarters.
Having profound passion for the work he does, Jerry delivered on all assigned tasks in monitoring, investigating and reporting on human rights violations and abuses in the fields including crime scenes and advocated for the rights of suspects in police detentions, courts and prison cells. His result-orientedness, hard work, and thoroughness contributed to redressing human rights violations including in Liberia from 2003 to 2012, and the Republic of South Sudan from 2012 to 2018. In South Sudan, he helped local authorities passed law for the rights of girls to education, protection for women’s rights – including women’s rights to participation in government. He was instrumental in ending girl child compensation (blood compensation) and fought against early girl child marriage in Eastern Equatoria State. He also worked with leaders of local communities in peace building and helped end suicide amongst women in desperate domestic encounters/situations. Jerry provided special protection for unaccompanied children who came in conflict with the law which led to the release of many children who were in detentions. Jerry also influenced the release of people in illegal detention including women and foreign nationals.
We are looking forward to having Jerry with us and hope you will join us for this unique opportunity.