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.
GUATEMALA CITY – IJM Guatemala's psychologist Miriam Cruz has helped many children prepare to share the truth in court. She remembers standing with brothers Marlon,* 16, and Adrian,* 13. They were getting ready to enter the Gesell Chamber, a special room set up in Guatemalan courts so that children can testify in a comfortable place, instead of in the courtroom where the suspect is present.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – When Marisol* first made the long drive from Manila to the provincial town nearly 80 miles from her home, she thought she was on her way to a better life. The 17-year-old girl was going to be a domestic helper, a chance to make a living and gain independence from the poverty that defined her young life.
GUATEMALA CITY – IJM has been supporting Eugenia* since 2011, when the 14-year-old girl was assaulted and became pregnant. Earlier this month, a difficult trial ended with a just ruling: The man who raped Eugenia was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison.