MUMBAI, INDIA – Three young girls who were being repeatedly sexually assaulted have been rescued by local police and IJM. The girls are now safe, and their rescue demonstrates a strong partnership against sexual violence between police and NGOs in Mumbai.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Last week, a man who was caught in the act of raping a 13-year-old girl was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for his crime. It took two long years to bring him to justice, but now Ines* knows he cannot hurt her again, and what happened to her was wrong.
A Neighbor's Attack
NAIROBI, KENYA – Late last week, IJM Kenya secured the conviction of a school headmaster found guilty of sexually abusing a student under his care. The guilty verdict stunned the courtroom—a surprise conviction in a case where it appeared everything was stacked against his young victim.
Most impoverished families in Guatemala do not think justice in a court is possible, at least not for them. Families face significant obstacles in order to report a crime or take a case to trial. Even then, the justice system is complicated and intimidating—especially for children.
IJM has seen these obstacles firsthand. Since 2005, a small team of Guatemalan lawyers has been prosecuting cases of child sexual assault, while IJM social workers help the survivors receive holistic care.