Jaleel, with his wife Banu and one of their children, Roshan
K. Abdul Jaleel passed away on Wednesday 4 March 2020. We have lost a courageous and passionate friend and colleague. We remember all that Jaleel accomplished, the lives he lifted up and communities coming together to protect their young people from exploitation that he inspired.
Jaleel helped to launch the Freedom Fund’s project in Tamil Nadu in 2015 and had been instrumental in supporting and guiding partners and communities there ever since. One of his greatest accomplishments whilst with the Freedom Fund was helping to create a film-based curriculum used to empower young people to prevent exploitation.
Prior to the Freedom Fund, Jaleel worked with Geneva Global and International Justice Mission. For those of us who worked with Jaleel, we remember his unwavering enthusiasm, his determination to tackle any challenge and his consistently positive attitude. We could always count on his support, his sharing of ideas, problem-solving and above all his care for people. His sense of respect and compassion for each person was a core part of his personality and beliefs. We simply enjoyed being with him.
All our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We hope to be able to organise a memorial gathering in Chennai when we can do so.
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