What We Do
IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law.
Collaborative Casework Model
IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities.
By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice.
IJM seeks 4 outcomes on behalf of those we serve:
1. Victim Relief
IJM's first priority in its casework is immediate relief for the victim of the abuse being committed.
2. Perpetrator Accountability
IJM seeks to hold perpetrators accountable for their abuse in their local justice systems. Accountability changes the fear equation: When would-be perpetrators are rightly afraid of the consequences of their abuse, the vulnerable do not need to fear them.
3. Survivor Aftercare
IJM aftercare staff and trusted local aftercare partners work to ensure that victims of oppression are equipped to rebuild their lives and respond to the complex emotional and physical needs that are often the result of abuse.
4. Structural Transformation
IJM seeks to prevent abuse from being committed against others at risk by strengthening the community factors and local judicial systems that will deter potential oppressors.
This Ugandan classroom sat empty after it was stolen from its owner, who, like 1 of every 5 Ugandan widows and orphans, was a victim of illegal property seizure.
Miriam (lower right) watches her great-granddaughter sing a song for IJM staff celebrating IJM's help in restoring her family's property after wealthy neighbors attempted to seize it. The legal battle for Miriam's property rights lasted over five years, and her victory made national headlines in Kenya.
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