NEW DELHI, INDIA – The call to end modern-day slavery grew louder this week in India when government and NGO leaders convened to discuss the reality of forced labor. It was the first time an official national consultation has been dedicated to the issue since IJM began working in India to combat modern-day slavery more than a decade ago—and perhaps the first time ever.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – A cycle of violence was broken with a single text message last week in Manila: Rubilyn* got a text from her 16-year-old sister asking for help. She said their stepfather was abusing her—just like he had done to Rubilyn years before.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Forty people were rescued from a life of slavery last week, thanks to a government official who responded to the evidence presented by IJM and its local partner, the Association for Rural Development (ARD).
IJM's Director of National Interventions, Anu George, said one woman came up to her and said through tears: "I thought I was going to die here, until you came and rescued us."
KIGALI, RWANDA – IJM recently helped to secure the conviction of a Rwandan man for sexually assaulting 14-year-old Josette* in their neighborhood. The judge delivered a strong sentence of 20 years to make sure this man cannot hurt other girls again.
In May 2013, Josette's father heard her shouting from a neighbor's house and ran to see what was wrong. His discovery was shocking: a man he knew had grabbed Josette and was raping her. The attacker fled, and Josette's father took her to a local hospital for urgent medical care.