LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Rhona was devastated when a powerful relative stole everything her ex-husband had left to support their two daughters. The theft left her impoverished family struggling for more than a decade on their own - unaided by local authorities - until a team from IJM Zambia came to help.
MUMBAI, INDIA - IJM discovered that a young woman was being held in a brothel and exploited by two to three customers a day. She told IJM she has two children back home in another state, and she had been in the brothel for about six months. When IJM presented the evidence to police, the unit mobilised quickly to rescue her from the brothel.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - Central Plaza is always a hub of activity. Food vendors and street performers vie for the attention of Bolivian families and tourists alike.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES - Two men were convicted this week in Manila and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for raping a young girl named Gwen.* The assaults started when Gwen was 9 years old and lasted a few years. The perpetrators are her uncle and cousin, underscoring the violence with betrayal and pain.
MUMBAI, INDIA - In their first anti-trafficking operation of the year, IJM Mumbai helped police rescue two young women from one of the oldest and most notorious red-light districts in India.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - IJM assisted police with an anti-trafficking operation at a massage parlour on 20th January, 2014. Girls were apparently being sold to customers for sex on site, and two of the young women rescued that night are now at an aftercare shelter that will provide crisis care and assess their long-term needs.
KAMPALA, UGANDA - For the first time in its history, Uganda's police force has deployed a specialised team of investigators with the resources, training and mandate to respond to property grabbing crimes.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - On Christmas Eve, IJM staff traveled into the mountains of Northern Thailand. Their first stop: a tiny village where they gathered with more than 350 people. Their next stop: A courthouse.
NAIROBI, KENYA - As Collins emerged from his cell and walked into the visiting court of Nairobi Remand Prison, he wasn't quite prepared for the message his IJM advocate brought him: well over a thousand cards, notes, and emails of encouragement, all addressed to him from supporters all over the world.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - A three-year legal battle finally ended on Friday when a man was convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The IJM lawyers who fought relentlessly on behalf of their client Rosmery* celebrated the just ruling because of what it means for her.