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Mary was terrified when a neighbor tried to steal her small home. “When IJM took on my case,” she says, “I felt that God had brought me a rescuer.”
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Mary lived on the same small plot of land in her rural village in Uganda for 50 years. It was where she raised her children, grew her family’s food, and where she buried her husband when he died.
Debra Hobbs, a fellow with IJM Kampala, describes court improvements to Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine at the Open Court day on May 2.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – For decades, widows and orphans in Mukono District had little hope of getting help in court when criminals violently stole their homes or land.
Fiona was rescued in IJM’s first anti-trafficking operation with local authorities in Cebu. Thankfully, she was rescued before she was ever abused.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Seven years after IJM Cebu rescued five young women in our very first operation in the city, two traffickers have been convicted. Both pimps pled guilty, admitting that they had tried to traffic teenage girls and young women for sex.
After ten years of service, IJM is phasing out its work in Zambia, where we have protected vulnerable widows and orphans threatened with the illegal theft of their homes and property.
IJM Guatemala helped the boys enroll in another soccer league, where they were able to play the game they love, form healthy friendships and rebuild trust with new coaches.
GUATEMALA CITY – A man who offered private soccer lessons to young children was convicted in late May and sentenced to 111 years in prison for sexually abusing five boys and girls. Four of the children were siblings, including 8-year-old twin girls and two brothers, 6 and 15.
On June 3, one day after Telengana became India's 29th state, officials led an operation to rescue 179 from a life of slavery.
DELHI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.
IJM Kenya staff, including attorney James Kironjo (right) and social worker Rose Muthee, helped support Zakayo in court and secured his release from a year in prison.
NAIROBI, KENYA – With a single gunshot, Zakayo’s life changed forever. Just minutes before, the young father had climbed into a crowded bus at the end of a long workday in Nairobi. His wife, Joyce, and four children were waiting at home.
Customers could pay to take a girl into this “VIP room” above the bar.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued young women from a three-story video-karaoke bar, including one 16-year-old girl.
A bar on Fields Avenue in Pampanga, the Philippines
PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – After more than a year of searching, IJM helped police locate and arrest a woman who had tried to sell young teens to an American man, without realizing she was talking to a news reporter and cameras were rolling.
Watch Griselda's story: IJM.org/Griseldas-story
GUATEMALA CITY – Griselda* was walking home with her mother and brother from a Mother’s Day celebration at church. Suddenly, a blue car cut in front of the family. A man jumped out, grabbed 13-year-old Griselda, and sped away.

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