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.
KIGALI, RWANDA – Last month, a Rwandan judge took a powerful stand for vulnerable children like Colette* by sentencing the man who raped her to life in prison. It was the strongest sentence possible under the law—letting others will know that abusing children is a serious crime that will not be tolerated.
KIGALI, RWANDA – Last month, justice was secured for Lorraine,* a brave young girl who became pregnant after being assaulted by her neighbor. Nearly two years after she had been so violently raped, Lorraine and her IJM Rwanda team watched as a judge convicted the man, affirming that assault against children is a serious crime.
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.