Latin America

5 Ways Guatemala Is Safer For Children Today Than 5 Years Ago

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – IJM has been working alongside local authorities in Guatemala since 2005. We have helped rescue more than 250 children from sexual violence, and we've secured convictions against more than 200 rapists and violent criminals. By pushing individuals cases through the justice system, we have identified key gaps and helped implement reforms that will make justice possible for the entire community where we work.

1. Guatemala now has a law that actually defines a crime of sexual violence.

Despite the Odds, Lana’s Family Finds Justice in Four Months

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Earlier this year, 7-year-old Lana* and her brother went with their mother to have lunch at a friend’s house. While the mothers took a walk around the neighborhood, the friend’s uncle agreed to watch the children.

The afternoon quickly turned into a nightmare: When Lana’s 11-year-old brother heard the terrified screams of his little sister, he ran to help her. He found his friend’s uncle sexually abusing his little sister. He called his mother to come back to the house immediately.

The Harsh Odds for Half the World

IJM Guatemala: Soccer Instructor Sentenced to 111 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

GUATEMALA CITY – A man who offered private soccer lessons to young children was convicted in late May and sentenced to 111 years in prison for sexually abusing five boys and girls. Four of the children were siblings, including 8-year-old twin girls and two brothers, 6 and 15. The fifth boy was 9 years old.