For Immediate Release
Sept. 20, 2023
The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is donating $5,000 to the national Prosecutors for Prosecutors campaign, an effort organized nationally to help Afghan colleagues who were left behind in Afghanistan two years ago when the United States evacuated that war-torn country, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
"The rule of law matters," MAPA stated in a press release this week. "It certainly matters in Missouri. Prosecutors in Afghanistan are being targeted and killed for upholding the rule of law, and they need our help to get to safety. In Missouri, we do the right thing even when it is difficult."
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced in July that it has joined Prosecutors for Prosecutors (PFP), organized by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA-US) to save the lives of prosecutors and their families who remain in Afghanistan. This campaign was launched in response to a dire request for from the APA-US counterpart in Afghanistan, which has identified more than 3,800 prosecutors and their staff members who remain in Afghanistan and has reported that 26 have been tortured and killed by the Taliban to date.
“I am proud of this project and the leadership of the APA,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. “There are hundreds of Afghan prosecutors and judges who put their duty ahead of their safety. Now we have a moral duty to act to protect them. My office has committed to offering employment to relocated Afghan prosecutors.”
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Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor