Africa

Innocent Prisoners Waiting for Justice Find Unprecedented Support from Local Kenyan Churches

NAIROBI, KENYA – Less than ten miles from Nairobi’s main city square, Kariobangi is one of its most densely-populated slums. More than 150,000 people live in a hodge-podge of high rise apartments and shanties built from corrugated metal and other scrap supplies.

The marks of poverty are obvious: lack of actual roads, poor sanitation systems, communal toilets, high unemployment, and overcrowding, and the poor do not expect police to come running when they are in trouble.

IJM Kenya: Abusive Police Officer Arrested After Two Years in Hiding

NAIROBI, KENYA – More than two years after Derek* felt the pain of a police officer’s metal rod across his body, the high-ranking officer who allegedly beat him was finally arrested for his crimes and will stand trial later this year.

“There is a change occurring in these extremely hard cases of holding police accountable,” says IJM Kenya Field Office Director Shawn Kohl. “We have hope that the result will be justice for the poor.”

Brutally Beaten in His Own Neighborhood

IJM’s First Cases In the Dominican Republic Result in Two Arrests & Justice for 14-Year-Old Girl

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – For a young teen named Clarisa* and her family, the fact that two men are in prison facing sex trafficking charges brings a sense of safety that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago. And for the IJM team in the Dominican Republic—established late last year and fully operational only for a few months—these arrests are critical to seeking justice in one of IJM’s first cases in the country.

Traffickers Prey On The Most Vulnerable

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