IJM Cebu: Groundbreaking Convictions Against Two Traffickers

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, two traffickers were convicted for sex trafficking crimes against two adult women and sentenced to twenty years in prison.

The just ruling is "ground breaking," according to IJM Cebu Director of Legal, Mark Anthony Del Mundo. "It sets the standard for cases that involve adult, rather than minor, victims," he explains.

IJM Guatemala Secures Conviction: "The Scales of Justice Were Tipped Towards the Truth"

GUATEMALA CITY – This week in a Guatemalan courtroom, "the scales of justice were tipped towards the truth," says IJM lawyer, Mabel Gutiérrez. Justice was secured for 14-year-old Kassia* when her stepbrother was convicted of continuous rape and sentenced to over ten years in prison.

IJM helped police locate the 34-year-old man and ensure his arrest last June. IJM lawyers helped develop a strong case, documenting the medical evidence and helping Kassia get ready to share the truth in the trial.

Man Convicted for Kidnapping and Raping Guatemalan Girl

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced to 35 years in prison last month in Guatemala. The conviction secures justice for Beatriz,* who is now 13 years old and living in a safe and loving children's home.

At 12 years old, Beatriz was offered a job in the city as a domestic helper last year. She was eager for an opportunity to escape that poverty that had defined her young life, and she moved into the home of a woman who needed help caring for her baby in Guatemala City.