Strong Sentencing for Bolivian Uncle Indicates Crackdown on Family Abuse

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — After two years of relentless effort by the IJM team, a Bolivian man has been sentenced to 22.5 years for abusing his 7-year-old niece. Throughout the legal process, the family faced multiple roadblocks, including threats to their safety and an uphill battle in the Bolivian justice system. However, they and the team were determined to seek justice for Irene.*

Abuse Within the Family

The uncle’s abusive acts were first discovered by Irene’s brother, 12-year-old Federico* who reported what he saw to his mother.

In Bolivia, Justice for 3-Year-Old Mona Seemed Impossible...Until It Happened

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – A three-and-a-half- year trial ended this month in Bolivia with justice for a little girl named Mona.* The trial lasted more than half the length of Mona’s lifetime, and the verdict closes a very painful chapter for her family.

When Mona was just 3 years old, she was raped by her older half-brother.

Seeking Justice Despite The Odds

Impunity Ends in Bolivia: Teachers Convicted for Sexually Assaulting Students Avoided Prison for Years

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – All around the world, school is a place of learning and dreaming. It’s a place where children can reach for opportunities that could alter a family’s future forever.

But for many girls in developing countries, school is a place with threats—the World Health Organization says sexual violence at or on the way to school is common. In fact, according to Human Rights Watch, it’s a main reason girls drop out. The IJM team in Bolivia is working to change this devastating reality.

Silvia’s Case