IJM Guatemala Seeks Justice for Young Mother, Helps Her Find Strength

GUATEMALA CITY – When Iris* speaks about her daughter, she can’t help but smile with pride. At 17 years old, Iris is a young mother.

Her baby was born as a result of rape, but Iris refuses to let that violence define her or her daughter’s life. She says, “[My daughter] gives me the strength to go on and I have the desire to improve my life.”

Living in Fear

IJM Kenya: Justice Secured for Libby, Now a Young Mom

NAIROBI, KENYA – Libby’s* life was upended when an older relative sexually assaulted her in their impoverished Kenyan community. Though he tried to cover up the attack, Libby bravely testified against him and kept the baby born from the abuse.

This week, Libby’s attacker was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Now, this young mother can build a new, safer life with help from IJM Kenya and her family’s faithful support.

Scared into Silence after Multiple Attacks

IJM Manila: This Conviction Marks a Turning Point in Survivor’s Journey of Healing

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 40 years in prison and convicted for raping his daughter, Marikit.*

IJM has been working on this case since 2008, and IJM Manila attorney Ralph Catedral was grateful to make the phone call to tell Marikit and her mother the news.

“This victory is a testament to Marikit’s perseverance, our team’s relentless pursuit of justice, and our government’s commitment to the rule of law,” Catedral said, adding that his greatest hope is that “this victory would be a turning point in Marikit’s journey of healing.”

IJM Bolivia: Man Sentenced to A Decade in Prison After Confessing to Sexually Abusing Young Sisters

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – A year after a man broke into his neighbors' home and sexually assaulted 6-year-old Vivi* and her 8-year-old sister, Mery*, he pled guilty and confessed to the violent crime. He was sentenced to a decade in prison in a plea bargain settled on March 7, 2014.

Seeking Justice for Vivi and Mery