NAIROBI, KENYA: Though just a small girl, Jess* stood bravely in front of the courtroom. She was ready to tell the court about the man who had sexually assaulted her. Her courageous testimony helped the Kenyan court convict Jess’ attacker and sentence him to life in prison—the strongest punishment possible for his crime.
KIGALI, RWANDA When Mimi's* mother watched her 12-year-old daughter walk away from their tiny Rwandan village, she had no idea that it would be five years before she saw her child again. It certainly never crossed her mind that when Mimi returned – brought back to her mother by a team of Rwandan police and IJM social workers – Mimi would have a child of her own, a daughter born as a result of abuse.
Nowhere To Go
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – 5-year-old Yulisa* woke up from a horrific nightmare. She was in a dark hole. She was in pain. Hours earlier, her uncle had grabbed her from her room and sexually assaulted her. Then he tried to strangle her and threw her in the hole, leaving her for dead. But Yulisa was alive.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Sua's* family and friends from her church crowded into the small courtroom. They were eager yet nervous for the judge to read the verdict. The protection of the law is not a guarantee for many living in poverty in Thailand.