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IJM meets with the President of the Supreme Court in El Salvador

April 2024

Earlier this month, IJM El Salvador’s Country Director met with the Supreme Court President to reiterate our commitment to helping stop violence against women and children.

Almost 3/4 women in El Salvador have suffered some type of physical or sexual violence. That’s why, in 2020, IJM El Salvador and the Supreme Court signed a cooperation agreement, enabling IJM to support specialized judges, forensic personnel, psychologists, and social service professionals who interact with survivors.

Since then, IJM has carried out a nationwide baseline study to identify the training needs of public justice officials dealing with cases of violence against women and children.

The study allowed IJM to begin designing a training programme for judges across El Salvador. A cohort of 50 judges graduated from the first module of this programme in September 2023.

During the recent meeting, IJM confirmed its commitment to continue the design of this successful programme. A new cohort of judges is expected to begin their training in the summer of 2024.

Since IJM began working in El Salvador in 2018, we’ve helped police bring over 1,000 women and children to safety from violence. We’ve also supported authorities to hold over 460 perpetrators of violence to account.

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