Latin America

IJM Guatemala: Helping Children Heal, One Mother At A Time

GUATEMALA CITY – Delmi Ramírez addresses the women sitting at the table around her: "Every woman here is a brave woman." The 20 women gathered around the table – many still in their work clothes – watch her carefully. Some look down, not used to hearing this kind of encouragement. Delmi, IJM Guatemala's Director of Aftercare, leads this meeting once a month for mothers of children who have been sexually abused.

IJM Bolivia: Police Officer Faces 10 Years In Prison For Sexually Abusing His Stepdaughter

EL ALTO, BOLIVIA – A Bolivian police officer was arrested late last month, securing justice for his stepdaughter Grecia* and bringing proof to the entire community that no one is above the law.

The case against the police officer had been ongoing since 2008, when he was first arrested for sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter, Grecia. She moved to a children's home, where she could receive the care she needed, and he was placed under house arrest.