KOLKATA, INDIA – When IJM first went with police into the heart of Kolkata's largest red-light district to rescue a young teen named Sashmeeta*, she was hidden away in a locked room.
KIGALI, RWANDA – Justice was secured for 16-year-old Angelique* on Friday, as a judge found the man who repeatedly sexually abused her guilty and sent him to prison. Now raising a baby born from the abuse, Angelique can look forward to a safer future.
IJM advocated for Benita and the other survivors to testify in the Gesell Chamber, a separate room in the court, so children do not have to take the intimidating witness stand in a crowded courtroom.
GUATEMALA CITY – For nearly two years, IJM Guatemala has been advocating for six girls who were victims of brutal sexual violence—aged 6 to 15 years old.
IJM Mumbai celebrated the freedom of two young women rescued during Thanksgiving week.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped rescue two young women during a sting operation near a train station in the bustling city of Mumbai.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Last week, 59 girls were rescued from slavery in a factory that markets itself in the country as a conscientious food supplier of high-quality, organic pickles.
A street in Pampanga, where IJM is bringing rescue and restoration to girls who have been trafficked
PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – Two traffickers arrested earlier this year have been convicted for selling girls on the streets of a city notorious for sex tourism. The trial lasted eight months—amazingly fast for a trial in the Philippines, and IJM's fastest case ever in the country.
IJM Zambia stands up for African widows who have homes and land stolen from them.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – After a ten-year legal battle, one Zambian widow can finally sleep in her home in peace. Just last week, IJM was with Selene* as a judge defended her rights to her home and finally stopped the abusive relatives who were trying to steal it from her.
Sauda, pictured on the day a Ugandan court overturned an earlier ruling and restored the widow to her rightful home. One IJM staff member said, "I've never seen her smile like this before."
KAMPALA, UGANDA – For more than 20 years, Sauda lived under constant fear that her home, land and business would be taken by her abusive stepson. But this week the widow finally has peace after a Ugandan judge ruled in her favor and protected her rights to her land.
IJM helped two police units rescue the girls from a place several hours outside Mumbai.
MUMBAI, INDIA – After a last-minute delay threatened to throw off the entire operation, a small team of police and IJM Mumbai staff rescued girls from a rural inn where they were being sold for sex.
Seven years after IJM met Verla and started advocating for justice in court, the man who abused her was convicted. Verla is now studying to become a social worker, eager to help others who have been hurt like her.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – A trial that has been mired in a broken justice system for nearly seven years finally ended last month: A man was convicted for sexually assaulting his niece, Verla.*