IJM Kenya: Abusive Police Officer Arrested After Two Years in Hiding

NAIROBI, KENYA – More than two years after Derek* felt the pain of a police officer’s metal rod across his body, the high-ranking officer who allegedly beat him was finally arrested for his crimes and will stand trial later this year.

“There is a change occurring in these extremely hard cases of holding police accountable,” says IJM Kenya Field Office Director Shawn Kohl. “We have hope that the result will be justice for the poor.”

Brutally Beaten in His Own Neighborhood

IJM’s First Cases In the Dominican Republic Result in Two Arrests & Justice for 14-Year-Old Girl

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – For a young teen named Clarisa* and her family, the fact that two men are in prison facing sex trafficking charges brings a sense of safety that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago. And for the IJM team in the Dominican Republic—established late last year and fully operational only for a few months—these arrests are critical to seeking justice in one of IJM’s first cases in the country.

Traffickers Prey On The Most Vulnerable

Here’s How an Arrest Can Happen in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA – Verity’s* mother immediately sensed something was wrong. Just home from the market, she found her 7-year-old clutching a small coin, terrified.

Verity bravely shared where she got the money: She said her father raped her that morning and bribed her silence with the coin, and that he threatened to beat her if she spoke out. Even more shocking—she said this was not the first time.

It was any mother’s worst nightmare. She quickly brought Verity to the police and to the hospital, but it would be six long months before the father was arrested.

IJM Kenya: Man Arrested for Assaulting 6-Year-Old Girl

NAIROBI, KENYA – IJM and police worked together on Friday to successfully arrest a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on her walk home from school this September.

The young girl and her mother reported the attack to police, and a family friend referred them to IJM Kenya for the legal help they needed.

As the family sought help, the attacker fled—traveling nearly 250 miles away to western Kenya when he heard a police report had been made. He had powerful connections within his community, making him even more difficult to track.