IJM Secures Justice in a Courtroom in Zambia

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Late last week, IJM secured justice for Brian in a courtroom in Zambia: The man who had stolen Brian's inheritance – and his means of survival – was convicted and now awaits sentencing.

Mere days after Brian's father passed away, a distant relative seized the estate and claimed the benefits that Brian and his two siblings should have inherited. Suddenly Brian had nothing, and he was forced to drop out of school because he could no longer afford the monthly fees.

IJM Guatemala Wins 2-Year Battle in Court and Matilda Heals in Safety

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – IJM Guatemala social worker Miriam Cruz was eager to call Matilda's* mother and share the news: The 2-year court battle had ended with a just ruling. The man who had repeatedly raped Matilda had been sentenced to twelve years in prison without parole.

The relief was obvious in the woman's voice as she replied to Miriam, who has supported the family in the difficult months since the abuse was discovered: "If it weren't for you, we could have never made it this far."

IJM Wins Battle in Court and Three Generations of Women are Safe from Abuse

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, a cycle of violence ended in Manila: After years of violent, hidden abuse, a man has been convicted of child abuse and rape, and sentenced to what will amount to a life term in prison. He started sexually assaulting his granddaughter Jemma* when she was barely a teenager – and had been abusing her mother and grandmother for years.

Belle’s Brave Testimony Secures Justice: Child Molester Convicted in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Belle* took a deep breath. The 13-year-old girl was sitting in an unfamiliar courtroom in Guatemala. The defense lawyer had just asked her a simple question, to point out a man. This was a culminating moment for Belle, who had been abused by the man in 2009.

She lifted her hand and pointed directly at the perpetrator, who had been an appliance delivery man in her small neighborhood. Belle spoke in a clear voice: "It was that man there." Then the young girl sank into the bench, overcome with a flood of emotions.