Sexual Violence

International Justice Mission Celebrates 10 Years of Combating Sexual Violence in Guatemala

This week International Justice Mission celebrates a decade combating sexual violence in Guatemala.

To kick off the celebration, IJM hosted a special day for boys and girls who we are currently representing in court, and children who have received therapy and care from IJM over the years. The day, named the “Super Day of Joy,” included a comedy show, a short movie, and games.

IJM Bolivia Cases Progress at ‘Rapid Pace’ Following New Law

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — Thanks to a new law, IJM Bolivia has seen “miraculous” developments in the past eight months, according to Greg Tarrant, IJM Bolivia field office director. The Law to “Decongest and Effectivise” Criminal Procedures stole the media spotlight when passed at the end of October 2014, but only time could be the judge of its effectiveness. Law 586 (as it is also known) is a recognition by the Bolivian parliament of the frailties of the justice system and an emphatic statement of the authorities’ commitment to improving justice for all.

Life Sentencing for American Expat Sends Strong Message to Sex Offenders Overseas

WASHINGTON, DC — An American expat will spend the rest of his life behind bars for child sexual abuse crimes committed in the Philippines. A Los Angeles federal court handed down the life imprisonment sentence on Monday, May 18, following a lengthy, eight-year battle in the courts to prosecute Stanley Reczko under the PROTECT Act. The PROTECT Act criminalizes sexual abuse of children by a U.S. citizen in a foreign country.

British High Commission Commends IJM for Outstanding Support in Abuse Case

NAIROBI, KENYA – In December 2014, a British court convicted Simon Harris for sexually abusing Kenyan street boys and possessing indecent images of children. He had been working as the director of a children’s charity in a rural Kenyan community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK authorities, Kenyan police and human rights organizations like IJM. (Read about the case here.)

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