At just over five feet tall, Urmila is tiny. But on 10th April, 2014 this 75-year-old former slave stood tall as a first-time voter in the world's largest democracy. Her story was so compelling that it propelled her to the front page of the 1st May edition of one of the nation's largest newspapers, The Hindu.
GUATEMALA CITY - A man who offered private soccer lessons to young children was convicted in late May and sentenced to 111 years in prison for sexually abusing five boys and girls. Four of the children were siblings, including 8-year-old twin girls and two brothers, 6 and 15. The fifth boy was 9 years old.
MUMBAI, INDIA - Last month, 92 young women received eye glasses for the first time, thanks to the National Association for the Blind (NAB), and with support from IJM Mumbai.
DELHI, INDIA - Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.
NAIROBI, KENYA - With a single gunshot, Zakayo's life changed forever.
Just minutes before, the young father had climbed into a crowded bus at the end of a long workday in Nairobi. His wife, Joyce, and four children were waiting at home.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES - Last month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued young women from a three-story video-karaoke bar, including one 16-year-old girl. Half a dozen suspects were arrested during the operation and may face charges under the Philippines' strong anti-trafficking law.
PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES - After more than a year of searching, IJM helped police locate and arrest a woman who had tried to sell young teens to an American man, without realising she was talking to a news reporter and cameras were rolling.
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - For the first time, pastors and police joined together in one of Cambodia's Northern provinces to discuss human trafficking.
BANGALORE, INDIA - Kumar became a slave when he was just 7 years old. Like millions of others in forced labour slavery in India, Kumar was trapped. He worked seven days a week, exhausted and afraid.
KIGALI, RWANDA - At 15 years old, Rochelle* had already experienced plenty of hardship in her young life: She was born without the ability to speak as well as a slight mental disability, and became an orphan at a young age.
Without a voice, Rochelle was left deeply vulnerable. A neighbour took note of her struggles - not to help her, but to harm her.