“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
— Psalm 18:19
Praise God that we are seeing an increasing number of police officers in Kenya taken to court and held accountable for abusing their power. So far this year, the government has charged 14 police and won 2 convictions of police officers for violence in non-IJM cases. Pray that this momentum continues, and that police reforms would be institutionalized and an effective public justice system would reliably hold police to account.
Praise God that our first local partner in El Salvador has taken on their first case to represent and support a young survivor of violence. An elementary age school girl was sexually abused by a man in her community. Her mother knew they couldn’t seek justice on their own so they reached out to our local partner for help. Immediately, our partner helped them report the case to local authorities and is now providing them with the legal and aftercare support that they need. Because they are not walking alone, the family is already seeing glimpses of hope: the aggressor has been arrested and will remain in custody until the end of his trial! Pray for a date to be assigned soon so the trial can start. Pray for our local partner as they take this case through the system until justice for this young girl is achieved. And finally, pray for our staff in El Salvador as they continue to walk alongside this local partner, providing mentorship and expert technical assistance.
Please pray for our efforts to improve standards of care at shelter homes for survivors of sex trafficking. Many of these shelters are overburdened and under-resourced, which can leave their staff unmotivated to embrace new ideas. Pray for breakthrough in getting shelter staff excited about new ways they can serve survivors, and that we would get permission from the government to test out new programs to help these girls and young women heal.
Praise God for a landmark ruling in Thailand — IJM’s first forced labor trafficking case to result in a conviction! The convicted perpetrator, a Thailand port-based trafficker, collaborated as a key player within a cross-border trafficking network responsible for transporting hundreds, if not thousands, of Cambodian migrant workers and selling them to captains and owners of Thai fishing vessels. This conviction brings justice to the five Cambodian survivors who testified in the trial, and sets a promising precedent for future prosecutions in cross-border cases of trafficking into the Thai fishing industry.
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 all of our HQ and advancement offices. Pray for God’s favor, wisdom and creativity as they seek to rally financial resources, advocacy momentum and prayer support for the work of justice in their countries.