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First IJM conviction in El Salvador - perpetrator has been sentenced to 26 years


First IJM conviction in El Salvador - perpetrator has been sentenced to 26 years

In El Salvador, one of the most dangerous countries on earth, IJM partners have supported local courts to convict a perpetrator to 26 years for sexually assaulting two girls aged 9 and 14.

Nancy* and Liseth*, grew up in a community so violent that even police dared not enter. But sadly it was violence in their home they needed to escape from: their abusive step-father.

Bravely, it was the girls' mother, Nancy, who filed the complaint – which was taken forward by the local police, trained by IJM El Salvador. When the aggressor was finally sentenced, it felt like some kind of miracle.

“I can’t even believe it," Nancy, the girls mother shared. "Everybody in the neighborhood was blaming my children. Justice has been done and now we will walk the streets fearless”.

Through the support of IJM's partner, the Salvadorian court sentenced the aggressor to 26-years - the maximum sentence possible by local laws.

*Pseudonyms used. Stock image used: Bruno Thethe.


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