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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.*
Since power outages and poor phone service have made it difficult to contact our clients, IJM staff have been visiting the villages where our clients live.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – As the world watches and mobilizes support, the reports and photos that pour out of the Philippines tell a story of devastation and desperation.
Constance and her children are now thriving with protection from IJM Kampala. She can manage her HIV medications and feels empowered to share in her community
KAMPALA, UGANDA – “My in-laws stole ten acres of land from my husband while he was sick with AIDS,” Constance* remembers. “If he had been healthy, that would never have happened.”
For two years, IJM Rwanda's attorneys and social workers supported Paulette and her family as they sought justice against he man who raped her.
KIGALI, RWANDA – Last week, a Rwandan girl named Paulette* found justice after a “very emotional” two years in court. She had been sexually assaulted at age 14 by a friend’s brother—a young man she trusted—but bravely reported the abuse and got immediate medical care.
IJM worked with police to track and arrest a man who allegedly assaulted a young girl on her way home from school.
NAIROBI, KENYA – IJM and police worked together on Friday to successfully arrest a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on her walk home from school this September.
IJM helped rescue more than 30 men, women and children from a life of slavery.
CHENNAI, INDIA – More than thirty people were set free last week from a life of slavery—for some it was the only life they had ever known.
Grace endured years of abuse from relatives who stole her home, but now she is safe.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – After years of theft and threats from her own stepchildren, a Zambian widow named Grace finally has the rights to her home restored.
IJM Cambodia Director Christa Hayden Sharpe (front, left) and Secretary of State H.E Teng Savong sign the official renewal of the memorandum of agreement that formalizes how IJM will support Cambodian law enforcement in combatting human trafficking.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – IJM has been working with Cambodian law enforcement to combat sex trafficking of children since 2003.
IJM helped police rescue girls from two brothels in the heart of Cambodia’s capital city. Both brothels fronted as massage parlors and are apparently part of the same criminal network that traffics and sells Vietnamese girls for sex.
PHONM PENH, CAMBODIA – Last night, IJM helped police rescue girls from two brothels in the heart of Cambodia's capital city. Both brothels fronted as massage parlors and are apparently part of the same criminal network that traffics and sells Vietnamese girls for sex.
Inside the “VIP rooms” where customers could exploit girls for sex. The tiny room was the size of the closet, with no room to stand up straight.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – In a complex operation that required precise planning and careful coordination, IJM helped rescue several girls who had been trafficked to four different bars on the same street.

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