Tito Magoti

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Criminal Justice Reforms - Quest for Universal Right to BailTanzania

Tito Magoti is a business and human rights researcher, legal aid provider, human rights campaigner, trainer and writer. Tito's research interest is human rights, criminal justice reform and the role of the internet as an alternative space for democratic activism. He recently spent a year in Tanzanian maximum-security prison for his human rights works. As a columnist, Tito contributes to discussions on current legal and political affairs in Tanzania. He has also written on criminal justice focusing on pretrial detentions and the state of prisons in Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. 

IVLP Impact Award Project: Criminal Justice Reforms - Quest for Universal Right to Bail

The project was designed to raise awareness about the state of the criminal justice system in Tanzania. The project consisted of workshops to inform lawyers and activists about the right to bail for all offenses. In addition, lawyers and activists conducted radio and TV shows to raise public awareness on the right to bail. Self-help books discussing bail were also distributed to the public.

50 lawyers and activists participated in the trainings about the right to bail and 20 radio and talk show sessions were held to improve community knowledge about the right to bail. Due to the project, there is now strong public awareness of criminal justice reforms in the country. The president has commissioned a taskforce to oversee the current system and recommend reforms.

"We need to mobilize resources and bring more lawyers to [these] kinds of programs, for their understanding and for the bigger advocacy ahead." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience

Tito was a participant in the IVLP Project A Global Moment in Time: Peace and Justice, organized by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education.

Tito's exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "IVLP was a great experience. I was able to connect with U.S. culture and learn about governance and human rights."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Los Angeles, CA; San Diego. CA; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY; New York City, NY; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Tulsa, OK; Philadelphia, PA

Country: Tanzania

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