International Justice Mission is a global organisation with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere.
IJM staff partner with local authorities to protect the poor from violence in 17 communities throughout the developing world in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala and South Asia.
We, at St Dionis, specifically support the Dominican Republic office.
IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities in the countries in which they work. They work together to rescue victims, restrain criminals from hurting others, and restore survivors to safety and strength. Working in partnership with government authorities is the best long-term strategy to ensure that the poor are protected from violence.
Please join with us to pray for the work of IJM, in the Dominican Republic and worldwide.
Praise God for...
Give thanks for a new chance to pursue justice for Yessica*, a survivor of sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic — our team secured a successful appeal in court for her case! Yessica was drugged, sexually abused and later sold for sex to other men for days by a neighbor and his friend. Since 2016, our team has walked with Yessica and her family, representing her in court and providing therapy. Last year the two suspect perpetrators were not held accountable when the case was dismissed after many roadblocks. But our team didn't take a no for an answer and submitted an appeal. This week the appeal was accepted, and a new trial will open. Praise God for this incredible open door and pray that the judge appointed to the trial will rule with justice.
In 2017, you prayed with us as we walked with six boys, ages 9 to 14, who were victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in the Dominican Republic. We praised together as our team secured a 10-year sentence - the maximum sentence by law in the Dominican Republic for this crime - against their aggressor. We celebrated later in 2018 that most of the survivors finished their therapy process. Now, we are asking you to continue praying for the legal side of this case. By local laws, their aggressor has two opportunities to appeal his sentence. Praise God that the first time he appealed the judge decided to uphold the sentence. Please continue praying as the second appeal happens, pray that once again the sentence would be upheld and justice would prevail.
Give thanks for Clayton and Ellen Kershaw (from the Los Angeles Dodgers), who, as part of their partnership with IJM, visited our Dominican Republic office to help bring an end to sex trafficking of children. They met with local government officials, local partners and survivors. They also used their platform in the US to shine a light on this issue and ESPN recently released a clip about their visit. Click on the link below to watch: