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IJM Kenya: After A Year And A Day In Prison, Joseph Is Finally Declared Innocent

NAIROBI, KENYA – Today, after spending exactly one year and one day in prison for a crime he had not committed, Joseph was set free.

Last year, Joseph stepped off a matutu – a mini-bus used for public transportation – and stepped into some kind of public brawl. Suddenly, Joseph was hit by a stone. The next thing he knew, the man who threw the rock was accusing Joseph of stealing his phone. Police nearby overheard, and suddenly the mob turned on Joseph. Joseph still had no idea what was going on.

IJM Guatemala: Three Men Convicted of Rape After 14-Year-Old Stella's Brave Testimony

GUATEMALA CITY – This week, three men were convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping Stella*, a 14-year-old Guatemalan girl.

Stella was in a convenience store buying medicine for her headache when three men started heckling her. She left the store, but the men followed her. Stella was beginning to panic when they grabbed her and brought her to an abandoned house. There, she was held at gunpoint and raped by each of the men.

After 75 Days in Prison, Two Innocent Men are Set Free in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA – On April 18, two innocent men were set free after spending 75 days in prison – though they were never charged with an actual crime.

The chief police inspector told the court he was investigating a series of crimes, but didn’t have sufficient evidence to charge suspects. With the inspector’s unproven suspicions as the only evidence, Shadrack and Joseph were thrown in prison. The only way out was to post bail – about $1,200 – an impossible amount for the impoverished men.

Former Slaves Commissioned As Community Leaders In IJM Training

CHENNAI, INDIA – For the first time in the field office's history, IJM Chennai convened an ambitious, three-day Leadership Training event to coach new leaders from among freed forced laborers. More than 110 former slaves braved cyclonic weather to attend this landmark event, signifying their successful completion of IJM's 24-month aftercare program.