About Us

Prisoners Abroad is the only UK charity caring for the welfare of all British citizens held in foreign prisons.

Mexican PrisonMany British prisoners overseas experience extreme isolation. In developing countries they can face malnutrition too – with inadequate food, no clean water and no proper space to sleep in overcrowded cells.

Serious medical conditions such as diabetes regularly go untreated.

Prisoners Abroad cares for the health and well-being of thousands of British citizens held overseas. We provide essential services such as:

  • vitamins and essential food
  • emergency medical care
  • water filters
  • freepost envelopes to keep in touch with home
  • books and magazines

No other UK charity supports British citizens in in this way. We also work closely with British consular officials who frequently refer prisoners and their families to our services.

Prisoners Abroad was the winner of the 2010 Guardian Public Services Awards – Service Delivery.

  • Helping families

    Help for FamiliesOffering information, guidance or just a listening ear to families with a loved-one in prison abroad. Find out more >>

    Life-saving support for British prisoners overseas

    Support for BritonsFrom life-saving grants for food and medical care, to vitamins and packages of books and magazines. Find out more >>

    Coming home to the UK

    plane-landingHelping people resettle back home after their time in prison – including support with housing and employment. Find out more >>



  • Michael survived a year in a…

    Michael was arrested at the airport in Jamaica. He was on his way home to see his pregnant girlfriend… Find out more >>


    Pat, a mother’s story

    When I first heard of my daughter’s sentence, I was in England. Her lawyer phoned: “I’m… Find out more >>


    Mark in Venezuela

    I was arrested at the airport, on my way home from Venezuela. Because of my long dreadlocks the police… Find out more >>

Read case studies of some of the people we have supported, or why not get involved in helping to improve conditions and safeguard the welfare of British citizens in foreign prisons.