GUATEMALA CITY – Delmi Ramírez addresses the women sitting at the table around her: "Every woman here is a brave woman." The 20 women gathered around the table – many still in their work clothes – watch her carefully. Some look down, not used to hearing this kind of encouragement. Delmi, IJM Guatemala's Director of Aftercare, leads this meeting once a month for mothers of children who have been sexually abused.
EL ALTO, BOLIVIA – A Bolivian police officer was arrested late last month, securing justice for his stepdaughter Grecia* and bringing proof to the entire community that no one is above the law.
The case against the police officer had been ongoing since 2008, when he was first arrested for sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter, Grecia. She moved to a children's home, where she could receive the care she needed, and he was placed under house arrest.
GUATEMALA CITY – Almita* and her mother came to IJM's office to visit with Delmi Ramirez, IJM Guatemala's Director of Aftercare.
GUATEMALA CITY – This summer, a Guatemalan man was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl. Norma* is one of IJM's youngest clients ever.