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Irene celebrated with IJM Zambia staff and friends at the end of her 8-year court battle.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Irene feared she would never win back the land her uncle stole from her family years ago. But with the support of IJM Zambia and a special friendship with her IJM social worker, Irene is now able to celebrate this week that her rights are finally restored.
In the midst of Typhoon Nari, six young women were rescued from a bar in the heart of Angeles City's red-light district.
PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – As Typhoon Nari bore down on the Philippines this fall, the destruction made global headlines. But far below the headlines, another drama was playing out against the background of the torrential downpour and power outages.
An IJM Bangalore lawyer leads the families out of the brick factory where they had been enslaved.
BANGALORE, INDIA – Nearly 40 people from one of India's poorest states were rescued this week from a brick factory just outside Bangalore. They said a man had come to their village and offered them jobs and the money to pay for their travel across state borders.
The morning after they were rescued, the survivors watch a video and hear Julita tell her story—how she was rescued from traffickers years ago and is now thriving in freedom.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – In a covert sting operation on Friday night, IJM helped anti-trafficking police rescue a boy and several young women, including three 16-year-old girls. The pimp who had arranged the sale was arrested and is now facing sex trafficking charges.
IJM has supported Muthoni in court and in counseling after she was raped by a neighbor when she was 8 years old.
NAIROBI, KENYA – One little girl's brave decision to speak up about her abuse has helped a Kenyan court put a rapist in jail for life. Safe from the neighbor who attacked her, Muthoni* is now healing and becoming herself once again. Terrifying Abuse from a Neighbor
IJM has been advocating for more than 350 Hill Tribe people for over two years. The villagers wanted to pray with IJM before they went on to the courthouse. Later that afternoon, the court ruled that their pending citizenship applications must be reviewed within 90 days.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – On Christmas Eve, IJM staff traveled into the mountains of Northern Thailand. Their first stop: a tiny village where they gathered with more than 350 people. Their next stop: A courthouse.
One of the beds where a young woman held at the bar slept.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped rescue young women who were being sold for sex and exploited at a rooftop bar in Manila. Four of the survivors—including a 15-year-old girl—are from Samar, a very impoverished province.
The convictions were underscored by the judge’s order to close the brothel, a strong sign that the court is serious about ending human trafficking.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Two brothel keepers were convicted this week in a special court set up for human trafficking cases in Mumbai. The judge sentenced each trafficker to three years in prison and ordered the brothel permanently closed.
With IJM’s help, Rhona was able to stand up to criminals who stole her daughters’ inheritance. Today, the girls are safely in school and doing well.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Rhona was devastated when a powerful relative stole everything her ex-husband had left to support their two daughters. The theft left her impoverished family struggling for more than a decade on their own—unaided by local authorities—until a team from IJM Zambia came to help.
More than 300 people gathered in Bolivia's Central Plaza in November 2013, to commemorate World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Central Plaza is always a hub of activity. Food vendors and street performers vie for the attention of Bolivian families and tourists alike.

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