Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US in order to work as a defence lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan.
She is the first and only foreign lawyer who litigates in Afghanistan’s courts. Kimberley defends Western and Afghan clients accused of criminal actions.
To begin with, Kimberley came to Afghanistan for the money. But then it became about something else; Kimberley – who had never before left the US – saw how poorly the legal system in Afghanistan was run and how this part of the Afghan society had been totally neglected by the international community.
For over five years now, human rights cases and troubled expats have motivated her to stay, but personal threats, and the general condition in the country, makes it harder and harder for Kimberly to continue her work.
Kimberley has sacrificed much to reach her goals. Her three children, aged 8,13 and 17, live in the U.S.and she sees them 3 months a year.
But Kimberley is working towards creating a better future, also for them. Being a woman who grew up in poverty herself, she strives to become a strong role model as well as being able to financially secure her kids’ future.
What was initially a financially driven personal decision has quickly developed into an obligation towards the underdeveloped Afghan legalsystem. The lack of women rights, human rights abuses, and the corruption in Afghanistan in general, has awoken in her an unexpected desire to fight for AFGHAN JUSTICE.
But time is running out. Nobody knows what will happen in Afghanistan when the international troops leave. Or when the risk will be too high for Kimberley to stay and continue her work for justice?