Latin America

International Justice Mission Celebrates 10 Years of Combating Sexual Violence in Guatemala

This week International Justice Mission celebrates a decade combating sexual violence in Guatemala.

To kick off the celebration, IJM hosted a special day for boys and girls who we are currently representing in court, and children who have received therapy and care from IJM over the years. The day, named the “Super Day of Joy,” included a comedy show, a short movie, and games.

IJM Bolivia Cases Progress at ‘Rapid Pace’ Following New Law

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — Thanks to a new law, IJM Bolivia has seen “miraculous” developments in the past eight months, according to Greg Tarrant, IJM Bolivia field office director. The Law to “Decongest and Effectivise” Criminal Procedures stole the media spotlight when passed at the end of October 2014, but only time could be the judge of its effectiveness. Law 586 (as it is also known) is a recognition by the Bolivian parliament of the frailties of the justice system and an emphatic statement of the authorities’ commitment to improving justice for all.

Strong Sentencing for Bolivian Uncle Indicates Crackdown on Family Abuse

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — After two years of relentless effort by the IJM team, a Bolivian man has been sentenced to 22.5 years for abusing his 7-year-old niece. Throughout the legal process, the family faced multiple roadblocks, including threats to their safety and an uphill battle in the Bolivian justice system. However, they and the team were determined to seek justice for Irene.*

Abuse Within the Family

The uncle’s abusive acts were first discovered by Irene’s brother, 12-year-old Federico* who reported what he saw to his mother.