Aftercare

IJM Rwanda Social Worker’s Story as a Genocide Survivor Helps her Bring Healing to Others

KIGALI, RWANDA – Brigitte takes a deep breath and smiles as she speaks. Always warm and quick to laugh, it’s clear she loves what she does. As a social worker with IJM Rwanda, Brigitte helps children and their families process trauma and find restoration after sexual violence.

“I give all my time to hear their stories. Telling and sharing is part of healing.”

IJM Cebu: Trafficking Survivor Returns to her Hometown to Help Rebuild After Typhoon

Two years ago, Angelita* was rescued from a karaoke bar where she had been trafficked and sold for sex at just 14 years old.

Angelita has experienced more suffering and hardship than most will see in a lifetime, and yet her story is marked by resilience. Since IJM helped rescue her, she has begun to process the violence she suffered at the bar, as well as many painful experiences from her childhood.

IJM Guatemala Seeks Justice for Young Mother, Helps Her Find Strength

GUATEMALA CITY – When Iris* speaks about her daughter, she can’t help but smile with pride. At 17 years old, Iris is a young mother.

Her baby was born as a result of rape, but Iris refuses to let that violence define her or her daughter’s life. She says, “[My daughter] gives me the strength to go on and I have the desire to improve my life.”

Living in Fear

Therapy Workshops Help Survivors in Mumbai Gain Confidence and Build Trust

MUMBAI, INDIA – Teenage girls are seated in a small circle, each one holding a section of the newspaper. But they're not reading; they're thinking. A therapist instructs the girls to imagine all the "bad news" in their lives and to picture the negative things they've been told, as if they were printed on the page. Then, the girls tear up that newspaper and toss the pieces into the middle of the room.

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