Africa

IJM Uganda: Justice Starts with…Paperwork?

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Faces obscured with dust masks streamed back and forth between a Ugandan courthouse and the large white tent dominating its yard. Volunteers hauled armfuls of dust-covered files to the tent's long tables, where another group carefully labeled each with a neat legal code.

Together with local staff from IJM Uganda, these volunteers organized more than 100,000 important records at two local courthouses this way. Though tired and dirty—with white latex gloves turned dirt brown—they knew their tedious work was crucial.

IJM Rwanda and Police Secure Justice for Josette Only Months After Abuse

KIGALI, RWANDA – IJM recently helped to secure the conviction of a Rwandan man for sexually assaulting 14-year-old Josette* in their neighborhood. The judge delivered a strong sentence of 20 years to make sure this man cannot hurt other girls again.

In May 2013, Josette's father heard her shouting from a neighbor's house and ran to see what was wrong. His discovery was shocking: a man he knew had grabbed Josette and was raping her. The attacker fled, and Josette's father took her to a local hospital for urgent medical care.

New Study: In 2 out of 3 Felony Cases, Kenyans Put on Trial Without Sufficient Evidence

NAIROBI, KENYA – This week, Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) made history, releasing its first and a first-of-its kind study that exposes a stunning reality: In nearly two-thirds of felony cases reviewed, men and women had been tried for crimes even though law enforcement had not gathered enough evidence to even charge them.

Stunning Results

Jane, a grandmother who lives in a small corrugated metal home in a massive Kenyan slum, knows the truth the study has revealed.

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