Latin America

IJM Bolivia Supports A Mother's Desperate Plea For Her Daughter: "She Deserves Justice"

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Last week, a man who was caught in the act of raping a 13-year-old girl was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for his crime. It took two long years to bring him to justice, but now Ines* knows he cannot hurt her again, and what happened to her was wrong.

A Neighbor's Attack

IJM Guatemala: Best Practices Become Permanent Reforms in the Justice System

Most impoverished families in Guatemala do not think justice in a court is possible, at least not for them. Families face significant obstacles in order to report a crime or take a case to trial. Even then, the justice system is complicated and intimidating—especially for children.

IJM has seen these obstacles firsthand. Since 2005, a small team of Guatemalan lawyers has been prosecuting cases of child sexual assault, while IJM social workers help the survivors receive holistic care.

IJM Bolivia: Conviction Brings Justice to Micaela and “Hope for a Future”

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Micaela* has endured more suffering in her 18 years than most will experience in a lifetime. Half her young life has been marred by a neighbor who repeatedly assaulted her and forced her to have two abortions. This month, that man was finally found guilty and sentenced to prison.

Secret Abuse, Hidden Pain

IJM Bolivia: The Truth is Finally Declared After Terrible Abuse and a Hidden Pregnancy

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – This August, after terrible abuse, a hidden pregnancy and a complicated birth, Denise* finally got the closure she longed for: Her rapist was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A Violent Attack, A Hidden Pregnancy

When IJM first met Denise in 2010, she was eight months pregnant. Denise had just recently learned about her pregnancy—the result of a violent attack.

For months, she had dared not tell anyone about the night that her neighbor had attacked her.