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.