Amicus is a small charity that helps provide legal representation for those facing execution in the United States.
We believe we can make the greatest difference through frontline work. We place 20-30 trained interns each year in the offices of US capital defence attorneys faced with tight timescales and limited resources and run a casework programme involving up to 200 UK lawyers providing remote support to these attorneys. We also host awareness-raising events throughout the year.
Amicus was founded in 1992 by schoolteacher Jane Officer, in memory of her penpal Andrew Lee Jones - who was executed in Louisiana in 1991.
The death penalty is disproportionately imposed on the most vulnerable in society, violating their right to due process and equal justice before the law. Amicus' aims are to provide better access to justice for capital defendants and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants' rights.
Amicus aims to:
- 1) To provide better access to justice for capital defendants
- 2) To raise awareness of potential abuses of capital defendants' rights
Established: February 1992
Registered Charity Number: 1019651
Board members: 6
Full time staff: 2
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 0207 072 5631
Address: 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JAView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website