The Conviction In Rwanda Means Tamara And Her Family Can "Continue On The Road To Recovery"

KIGALI, RWANDA – As the Rwandan judge handed down the sentence, his message was clear: The sexual abuse against Tamara* was wrong, and her attacker would be held accountable for it.

Nearly one year ago, 15-year-old Tamara was sleeping quietly in the front room of her family's small home. Her father's friend, at the family's house for a visit, had fallen asleep in a chair nearby. But in the middle of the night, he woke up and raped Tamara, all while her family slept in the very next room.

IJM Kenya: Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Abusing 8-Year-Old Jess

NAIROBI, KENYA: Though just a small girl, Jess* stood bravely in front of the courtroom.  She was ready to tell the court about the man who had sexually assaulted her. Her courageous testimony helped the Kenyan court convict Jess’ attacker and sentence him to life in prison—the strongest punishment possible for his crime.

IJM Rwanda Helps Mimi Go Home To A New Future

KIGALI, RWANDA When Mimi's* mother watched her 12-year-old daughter walk away from their tiny Rwandan village, she had no idea that it would be five years before she saw her child again. It certainly never crossed her mind that when Mimi returned – brought back to her mother by a team of Rwandan police and IJM social workers – Mimi would have a child of her own, a daughter born as a result of abuse.

Nowhere To Go

Free At Last: Kenyan Woman Imprisoned For 18 Months For A Crime She Did Not Commit

NAIROBI, KENYA – After a year and a half, Maria has finally been released from prison. Thrown in jail after being accused of a crime she never committed, Maria can at last return home to her three children.

Eighteen months ago, as Maria was shopping for groceries with her friend, they heard a man shouting for help as he was attacked and robbed. When police showed up to the crime scene, the man said he had been robbed by two young men. But the police arrested Maria. She and the middle-aged gentleman she was with were sent to prison for the robbery. It was unthinkable.