KIGALI, RWANDA – A Rwandan judge sentenced a local businessman to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. In addition to facing jail time for criminal charges, the perpetrator must pay fines for civil damages that were levied against him at the same time.
Happy New Year, dear friends! I had a lovely break over Christmas but am glad to be back at my desk. We have so much good work to look forward to in 2012, but before we do, I wanted to take a look back at 2011. It was an extraordinary year for IJM, filled with more blessings than I can count.
Last month, IJM was thrilled to announce its partnership with Polaris Project and Slavery Footprint on a unified initiative to mobilize millions of Americans in the fight to end modern-day slavery.
Trafficking survivors attend classes outside the aftercare home where they are thriving and learning to dream.
KOLKATA, INDIA – A group of girls kicks the dirt with their toes and whisper excitedly as they wait together for a school bus. Going to school is not just a chance to prepare for the future, but evidence of freedom from a horrific past.  These students are sex trafficking survivors.
After spending 850 days unjustly detained in a Nairobi prison for a crime they had not committed, Benson, Victor and Francis are finally free.
NAIROBI, KENYA – After spending over two years in a Nairobi jail – falsely imprisoned for a crime they never committed – Benson, Victor and Francis were finally freed last month.
Today is a new day in Cambodia: Four men were convicted for trafficking crimes, including the former chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Trafficking Unit.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – In a landmark case that will echo throughout trafficking rings around the capital city of Cambodia, the former chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police was found guilty as an accomplice to aggravated procurement of prostitution
Several of the officers who participated in the training were part of an operation the following day to rescue a young woman who had been trafficked for sex.
MUMBAI, INDIA – "You have come alongside us rescued girls, and most importantly, you have helped us fulfill our dreams." The young woman who spoke confidently stood before 34 police officers in uniform.
This week, a man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl – the longest ever in an IJM Rwanda case.
KIGALI, RWANDA – This week, a Rwandan judge sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. IJM staff called Carol* and her mother right away to share news of the conviction – the longest ever in an IJM Rwanda case.
Earlier this fall, we invited you to write letters of support to our client, Joseph, an innocent man who has been incarcerated and has awaited trial in Nairobi, Kenya, since December 2010.
The day after IJM led a training for Mumbai police, a team of IJM staff and local police rescued a young woman from a brothel where she had been trafficked, beaten and sexually exploited.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Last week, IJM Mumbai assisted local police to rescue a woman who had been trafficked to a brothel, routinely beaten and exploited by customers who paid to rape her. Police arrested the brothel keeper, who will face trafficking charges.