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IJM Findings and Studies

Proving Justice for the Poor is Possible

We believe the children, families and communities we serve deserve the very best. We owe it to them – and to those who make our work possible – to ensure that our work is effective. That’s why we base the design and management of our programs on evidence we collect through rigorous documentation, monitoring and evaluation.

Here’s how it works:

1) Start with Measurement

When we begin a new program to combat a specific form of violence in a community, we measure the prevalence of the crime we are targeting, and we assess how the justice system responds to it.

2) Track Changes

Throughout our work in a community, we measure and analyze changes in how police, judges and other actors and institutions in the public justice system respond to the crime we are targeting. We also continue to assess how prevalent the crime is, watching for changes.

3) Ensure People are Safer

We use this critical information to ensure that the justice system’s response to the crime is truly improving, and that these improvements are actually making vulnerable people safer from the targeted form of violence – our ultimate goal.

4) Share What We've Learned

We grow the impact by sharing what we’ve learned with key stakeholders in the communities where we work, and with audiences around the world.

Justice Review 2019

Volume 3 of Justice Review, a Journal on Protection and Justice for the Poor
A collection of IJM studies of violence against women and children, including a prevalence study of property expropriation from Ugandan widows, justice system capacity to address sexual violence against children in Guatemala and Bolivia, and learnings from a pilot program in Uganda to address intimate partner violence.

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Justice Review: A Journal of Protection and Justice for the Poor

IJM Justice Review:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Other Study Type
Publication Date August, 2018
Country Multiple Countries
Subject Forced Labor

The second edition of IJM's Justice Review is a compendium of studies of forced, trafficked labor commissioned by International Justice Mission. This edition includes substantial summaries of full-length prevalence reports on bonded labor in Tamil Nadu and Bangalore, India; child labor slavery in Ghana; and trafficked labor in Thailand's fishing industry. It also includes studies of the capacity of the Cambodian and Thai governments' criminal justice systems to address labor trafficking. Links to the majority of the full-length reports are included.

Assessment of Survivor Outcomes Validation Study (ASO)

ASO Validation Study:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Validation Study
Publication Date July, 2018
Country Multiple Countries
Subject Assessment of Survivor Outcomes

The Assessment of Survivor Outcomes (ASO) tool, developed by International Justice Mission is a valid and reliable tool for measuring progress toward restoration and outcomes for survivors who are recovering from various forms of violence and exploitation.

Explore the ASO Tool: www.ijm.org/aso

A Performance Study of the Bolivian Public Justice System

IJM A Performance Study Of The Bolivian Public Justice System:

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IJM Estudio De Rendimiento Del Sistema De Justicia Boliviano:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Public Justice System Performance Study
Publication Date July, 2018
Country Bolivia
Subject Sexual Violence

An investigation conducted in collaboration with the Bolivian Magistrate's Council to assess the criminal process, from start to finish, of cases of sexual violence against children in La Paz, Bolivia.

Investigación realizada en colaboración con el Consejo de la Magistratura de Bolivia para evaluar el proceso penal, de principio a fin, en casos de violencia sexual contra la niñez en La Paz, Bolivia.

Child Sex Trafficking in Metro Manila

Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Crime Prevalence Study
Publication Date May, 2018
Country Philippines
Subject Child Sex Trafficking in Metro Manila

A study measuring the prevalence of children in commercial sexual exploitation in Metro Manila, the Philippines

Not In The Same Boat

IJM Not In The Same Boat:

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Author Issara Institute, International Justice Mission
Resource Type Crime Prevalence Study
Publication Date September, 2017
Country Thailand
Subject Forced Labor

Child Sexual Assault: Practice and Learnings

Inspire CSA Recommendations:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Article or White Paper
Publication Date August, 2017
Country Multiple Countries
Subject Policy recommendations on child sexual assault

By Holly Burkhalter, Senior Advisor for Justice System Transformation. Originally submitted to the World Health Organization as part of a WHO-UNICEF initiative to implement the anti-violence Sustainable Development Goals relating to children. This white paper describes IJM experience and learnings from its field offices which address the issue of sexual assault of children. It discusses child and victim-friendly process throughout investigation and prosecution of child sexual assault and specific criminal justice capacities which are required to protect victims and deter predators.

Labor Trafficking in Cambodia

Labor Trafficking in Cambodia - A Review of the PJSS Response:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Other Study Type
Publication Date November, 2016
Country Cambodia
Subject Forced Labor

A Review of the Public Justice System’s Response to Labor Trafficking in Cambodia

Child Sex Trafficking in Angeles City

IJM Pampanga:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Crime Prevalence Study
Publication Date October, 2016
Country Philippines
Subject Sex trafficking

A study measuring the prevalence of children in commercial sexual exploitation in Angeles City, the Philippines

External Evaluation of IJM’s Program to Combat Sex Trafficking of Children in Cambodia, 2004-2014

2015 Evaluation of IJM CSEC Program in Cambodia (Final Report):

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2015 Evaluation of IJM CSEC Program in Cambodia (Executive Summary):

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Author Dr. Robin Haarr
Resource Type Program Evaluation
Publication Date December, 2015
Country Cambodia
Subject Sex trafficking

An evaluation of IJM’s 10-year program to combat sex trafficking of children in Cambodia

Property Grabbing from Ugandan Widows and the Public Justice System Response

IJM Propery Grabbing From Ugandan Widows And The Justice System:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Crime Prevalence Study, Public Justice System Performance Study
Publication Date October, 2014
Country Uganda
Subject Land theft

A mixed-methods assessment in Mukono County, Uganda assessing the prevalence of land theft (property grabbing) from widows as well as the justice system response to the crime.

Sex Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Perpetrator Accountability

Sex Trafficking, Law Enforcement, and Perpetrator Accountability:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Article or White Paper
Publication Date June, 2012
Country Multiple Countries
Subject Sex trafficking

By IJM Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy Holly Burkhalter. Originally published in The Anti-Trafficking Review.

From Inside Prison Walls

From Inside Prison Walls PDF Study:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Other Study Type
Publication Date October, 2011
Country Cambodia
Subject Sex trafficking

Interviews with incarcerated brothel owners and human traffickers in Cambodia

Project Lantern Results Summary

Cebu "Project Lantern" Results Summary:

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Author International Justice Mission
Resource Type Article or White Paper
Publication Date January, 2011
Country Philippines
Subject Sex trafficking

Summary of four-years of IJM partnership with local justice system actors and other stakeholders in Cebu, the Philippines

Evaluation of "Project Lantern"

Cebu "Project Lantern" Impact Assessment:

Download PDF (2.273 MB)
Author Andrew Jones and Associates
Resource Type Impact Study
Publication Date October, 2010
Country Philippines
Subject Sex trafficking

Assessment of five-year impact and change in the public justice system - Cebu, the Philippines

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