Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL), formerly the Prisoners Assistance Program (PAP), is a national human rights,Penal/prison reform and anti-torture and Death penalty advocacy and torture victims rehabilitation NGO. Since its establishment in 1994, RAL has been promoting, protecting and advocating human rights, especially those of prisoners’ rights, and providing assistance to victims of human rights violations and abuses. PAP, now RAL, was established in response to the dire needs of inmates and to bring to national and international attention the appalling conditions of prison inmates.
Over the years, RAL has been conducting a constituency outreach/legislative-constituents interactive fora in Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties and the overreaching indicators speak of overwhelming passion amongst local communities to demand greater participation, accountability and transparency from their leaders. Though there exists tremendous enthusiasm to participate in policy debates and dialogue, that they become knowledgeable of effective and constructive engagement in governance cannot be understated. Given this revealed needs for civil intervention, PAP metamorphosed as the Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) in 2008 to engender this needed broader focus and in other thematic areas such as governance and political reforms initiatives in order to inform a paradigm shift in the political landscape in contemporary Liberia.
What we do and how we do them
In the quest for creating a democratically wholesome society characterized by absolute freedom and the respect for justice, the rule of law and civil liberties,
Advocate the rights of inmates where there is evidence of cruel and nonstandard treatments in their areas of detentions
Provide both psychosocial counseling and medical services to victims of tortures and other forms of threats and inhumane treatments.
Providing alternatives to protecting human rights, promoting and defending democracy and rescuing victims
Reaching out to the unreached with alternatives for democratic/good governance, human rights protection, penal/prison reform, torture abolition and detention alternatives for children/youth in conflict with the law in Liberia.
To engage in massive civic and voter education activities within and outside of Liberia;
To promote/create awareness on the issues of governance in Liberia;
To monitor, investigate, document and report on abuses and violations of prisoners’ rights and the vulnerable;
To engage in the psychosocial (mental) rehabilitation and counseling of prisoners and victims of torture and children/youth that are in conflict with the law;
Engage in any activities for the abolition of torture and capital punishments;
Provide economic and sustainable livelihood ventures for prisoners and/or former prisoners and vulnerable persons;
To strengthen the rule of law and governance system; and
To empower communities in dealing with human rights and governance issues.
RAL currently runs four programs (Advocacy, Torture Victims’ Rehabilitation, Youth in Human Rights and Governance and Public Money) in Three of Liberia’s fifteen Counties.