“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my maker.”
— Job 36:3
In Uganda, our teams continue to conduct research into violence that targets women and children, to determine the best design of a program to provide more effective legal protection. As we expand our focus beyond land theft, the team in Kampala has taken on several cases of sexual violence, working with partners to bring the cases to court and to provide for the needs of survivors. Join us in praising God that the survivors in these cases are thriving, and in praying for continued movement toward the resolution of their cases.
Praise God for a 20-year sentence in the Dominican Republic! Our team helped secure this conviction against a German national guilty of trafficking, physical and psychological abuse, and sexual exploitation of two Haitian sisters. Give thanks to the Lord for the Dominican judge who sentenced him to prison and mandated he pay a fine to support the victims’ restoration process. The legal battle was long and challenging — it wasn’t until a year and a half after his arrest that the German national was sentenced. Read the full story.
Praise God for a successful rescue operation led by a grassroots NGO and a proactive team of government officials — both trained by IJM. In this case, five boys had been forced to graze hundreds of goats across a huge tract of rural land. They ate only one small meal a day and slept on grass mats outside. On Monday, the IJM-trained rescue team successfully tracked the boys, interviewed them and brought them to safety, where they got food, medical care and rest. Police also arrested the alleged slave owner. Praise God for freedom in this case, and pray for these boys as they recover. Learn more about this case.
This week, through two back-to-back operations, four boys were rescued from cybersex trafficking in Metro Manila. Praise God for bringing these boys out of exploitation and into safety! As they begin to receive aftercare services, pray for their healing and restoration. Also pray for wisdom for the social workers determining the best options for their long-term care.
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM headquarters is located in the United States. IJM has international advancement offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Please pray for the four Liberate Local events unfolding over the next weeks, beginning with Houston on April 26 and followed by Washington, DCon April 28 and SoCal and the Bay Area in early May. These events will be powerful nights packed with music, story and prayer to help free thousands from slavery. Please pray for smooth travel for IJM staff and the survivor who will be joining the events, and that God would use the events to rally others to the fight.