“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.”
— Job 36:3
Praise God for the successful creation of a police training manual in Uganda that will prepare officers to handle cases of land theft perpetrated against widows and orphans. The IJM team has worked closely with partners in the criminal justice system to develop this training that will ensure victims can go to police with confidence that their rights to safety in their homes and on their land will be protected. Pray for smooth roll-out of the training, and for officers to embrace their role in protecting women and children from violent land theft.
Please join us in celebrating that Guatemalan courts brought an end to two cases of sexual violence against children with outstanding sentences at the end of December. IJM has been working collaboratively with local authorities for the past three years on these cases. With IJM’s aftercare support and the court’s ruling, the survivors — Priscilla* and three other young women — can continue to make great strides in their healing process and can walk freely knowing that their aggressors can no longer hurt them. Pray that in the year ahead Guatemalan courts would continue ruling with justice. Read the full story.
Please pray for a study we are conducting to document changes in sex trafficking prevalence through our projects. This study will try to paint a better picture of trafficking over the last 20 years, which can be difficult if records weren’t kept and stakeholders all have different experiences. Pray we can work together as an anti-trafficking community to gain a real understanding of how this crime has changed and where we need to keep fighting in the years ahead.
Praise God for last month’s ‘Voice of the Stateless’ event in Northern Thailand. The event, held in Mae Hong Son province, brought partners together to celebrate the great progress made in securing citizenship for thousands of stateless people living in the province. Hill tribe members living in Northern Thailand often lack the citizenship that is promised to them under Thai law, and without the legal status that is rightfully theirs, they often can’t access education, medical care or other benefits from the government, and are restricted from traveling outside of their home communities. Over 1,500 people from various tribes gathered at the event to celebrate and hear about the hope that is offered to them through the work of IJM, our partners and their government leaders.
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Please pray for wisdom and creativity for our volunteer teams in cities across the U.S. Pray for these volunteers as they plan for the year, outlining goals and strategies to rally financial resources, advocacy momentum and prayer support for the work of justice. Ask God to give them great joy as they build the movement to end slavery and stand up for the oppressed.