MANILA, PHILIPPINES – One young survivor made great progress on her journey to justice this week, as a Philippine court convicted Marikit's* father for sexually abusing her. He has been in jail since his arrest in 2007, and – with Monday's conviction – he will remain there for at least eight more years.
GUATEMALA CITY – In March 2013, the Guatemalan government launched a critical nationwide policy to better protect child victims of crimes, drafted with the help of IJM Guatemala and UNICEF.
This "General Instruction" policy substantially improves how public prosecutors handle crimes against children – including cases of sexual assault – from the initial report of abuse through the entire legal process.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Last week, a Kenyan man who sexually abused 7-year-old Joel* was officially sentenced to life in prison. Thanks to the quick action of his neighbors and the hard work of IJM Kenya, Joel and his family can look forward to a safer future.
Confronted by a Stranger
In January 2012, Joel was playing with his friends when a man asked him to help carry a parcel in exchange for a small tip. But when Joel went to help, the man led him into a nearby forest and violently sexually assaulted him.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Late last week, a French man who had been posing as an NGO worker based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was convicted for sexually assaulting two brothers. The man had repeatedly lured the pre-teen boys to his house to abuse them.
IJM received the referral about the abuse in 2012, and since then a staff lawyer has provided expertise and guided the case through the court system. Three different prosecutors were assigned to the case, rendering IJM attorney Rittirong Kornrittidej's consistent support all the more critical.