NAIROBI, KENYA – On Friday afternoon, an IJM lawyer in Kenya received a much-anticipated phone call: The man who had been charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl was convicted, after significant advocacy from IJM’s legal team.
KIGALI, RWANDA – A Rwandan judge sentenced a local businessman to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. In addition to facing jail time for criminal charges, the perpetrator must pay fines for civil damages that were levied against him at the same time.
KIGALI, RWANDA – This week, a Rwandan judge sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. IJM staff called Carol* and her mother right away to share news of the conviction – the longest ever in an IJM Rwanda case. The perpetrator was also ordered to pay damages to Carol, fined under both the civil and criminal cases.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – This year, IJM Guatemala celebrated a landmark conviction when a man was sentenced to 124 years in prison for sexually abusing two of his daughters. The conviction is the longest sentence in an IJM case since the office opened in 2005 – and it is a significant milestone on the journey of healing for the sisters who endured the abuse.