Latin America

IJM Guatemala Secures Conviction: "The Scales of Justice Were Tipped Towards the Truth"

GUATEMALA CITY – This week in a Guatemalan courtroom, "the scales of justice were tipped towards the truth," says IJM lawyer, Mabel Gutiérrez. Justice was secured for 14-year-old Kassia* when her stepbrother was convicted of continuous rape and sentenced to over ten years in prison.

IJM helped police locate the 34-year-old man and ensure his arrest last June. IJM lawyers helped develop a strong case, documenting the medical evidence and helping Kassia get ready to share the truth in the trial.

Man Convicted for Kidnapping and Raping Guatemalan Girl

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced to 35 years in prison last month in Guatemala. The conviction secures justice for Beatriz,* who is now 13 years old and living in a safe and loving children's home.

At 12 years old, Beatriz was offered a job in the city as a domestic helper last year. She was eager for an opportunity to escape that poverty that had defined her young life, and she moved into the home of a woman who needed help caring for her baby in Guatemala City.