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Assembling on short notice – the word spreading rapidly via Twitter and Facebook – thousands filled the sanctuary at Passion City Church in Atlanta. A handful of seats even held more than one guest.
Beatriz was only 12 years old when she was kidnapped and raped. The conviction against the perpetrator is an important step in her own healing process.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced to 35 years in prison last month in Guatemala. The conviction secures justice for Beatriz,* who is now 13 years old and living in a safe and loving children's home.
One of the men who was rescued from slavery in the rice mill said he had not been allowed to visit his home for almost four years -- even though his home is five minutes from the mill.
CHENNAI, INDIA – A dozen men and women and their children were freed from slavery in a rice mill over the weekend. Local authorities partnered with IJM to rescue the families and restore them to freedom.
Right now, many of our elected policymakers are setting their priorities as they campaign for elections in November - and you have a major opportunity to impact those priorities.
Two traffickers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for recruiting and selling girls for sex in a large entertainment bar in Manila.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Yesterday, two traffickers were sentenced to life in prison for trafficking minors for sex. IJM represented the survivors of this abuse in the four-year trial.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who raped his 6-year-old niece was convicted and brought to justice late last week. Because the victim of the sexual violence was so young, the judges doubled the required sentence, ordering the rapist to serve 24 years in prison.
Annick Febrey, IJM's Legislative Affairs Manager, and I had the honor of meeting with Samantha Power, Special Assistant to President Obama on Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs and her deputy, Rob Berschinski, on Wednesday, February 22.
"This man is dangerous, not only to his own daughters, but to the little girls of this country," explains an IJM Guatemala lawyer.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his 15-year-old daughter. The sexual abuse started when Danika* was 11 years old. The man threatened Danika that he would hurt her brothers and sisters if she told anyone about the violent assaults.
The men were both arrested exactly two years ago and charged with robbery with violence – forced to languish in a Kenyan prison for a crime neither had committed.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Two young men were released from prison late last week after being held unjustly for two years behind bars. The men were both arrested exactly two years ago and charged with robbery with violence – forced to languish in a Kenyan prison for a crime neither had committed.
The families walk into the government office where they will receive official release certificates declaring them free from slavery.
BANGALORE, INDIA – This week, IJM Bangalore helped government officials to rescue families forced to work as slaves in an abusive brick kiln.

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