Sexual Violence

Two Convictions in IJM Guatemala Cases: Both Clients Bravely Testify

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Earlier this week, after a hearing had been cancelled and rescheduled five times, the man who abused Samanta* when she was 5 years old was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months in prison for continued sexual aggression. Her brave testimony was the final piece of evidence that solidified the case – and the justice secured was an important step in her family's restoration.

IJM Trains Rwandan Judges and Prosecutors on Best Practices for Child Sexual Assault Cases

KIGALI, RWANDA – This month, IJM Rwanda trained thirty-five Rwandan judges and prosecutors on best practices for handling cases of child sexual assault.

IJM staff led sessions on investigations, evidence collection, forensic interview techniques and the importance of including medical evidence in cases of sexual violence against children. The three-day training was held at the Institute for Legal Practice and Development.

Justice Secured This Week in Guatemala, Two Men No Longer Free to Abuse Children

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Earlier this week, on an otherwise quiet, rainy street, a man was arrested for allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old Guatemalan girl. IJM received the case earlier this summer and has have been supporting Graciela* since, who gave birth to a little girl as a result of the abuse.