Guatemalan School Principal Sentenced to Nearly 90 Years

GUATEMALA CITY – An elementary school principal has been sentenced to nearly 90 years in prison for sexually assaulting seven fifth-grade boys under his care. The verdict was announced on December 29, 2014, and it brought IJM’s 200th trial to a close in Guatemala.

Principal abuses his authority to assault fifth-graders 

The abuse took place over several months in 2013—sometimes on campus, other times on field trips. The principal threatened the boys to keep them quiet about the heinous assaults.

British Charity Director Found Guilty for Abusing Street Children in Kenya

A British court found Simon Harris guilty of abusing young Kenyan boys, as well as possessing indecent images of children, when he was working as the director of a children’s charity in their community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK police and human rights agencies, including IJM Kenya. Harris will be sentenced on January 30, 2015.

Three Convictions In Pampanga Show A Country Serious About Stopping Trafficking

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – Two sex trafficking cases ended with convictions today in the Philippines. Both underscore a government serious about stopping this rampant crime.

As one judge wrote in her decision: “While the government continues to gather strength to build a strong foundation against trafficking, let this Decision be its voice saying: stop trafficking in persons now.”