Kabota Chipopola

2022 Fellow from Zambia

Kabota Chipopola is a child rights lawyer with five years of experience in child justice in Zambia. He promotes access to justice for children and vulnerable people deprived of their liberty. Currently, he is senior legal officer and team leader at Undikumbukire Project Zambia, a human rights organization focused on children in conflict with the law who are detained in correctional facilities. Kabota facilitates free legal representation, advice, and education for children at all stages of the criminal justice process and ensures that they are not detained for prolonged periods. He studied at the University of Wales and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Lusaka. Kabota is committed to reducing the overcriminalization of children and limiting the use of detention. He believes detention is a measure of last resort and should only be used to serve a genuine purpose in a child's best interest. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Kabota intends to apply the lessons, experiences, insights, and connections from the Fellowship toward creating a referral system for lawyers to provide pro bono services to Zambian children and advocating for the implementation of the restorative justice mechanism for children.

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