IJM prayer update from the DR Field Office:

Please continue to pray for successful high-impact capacity building sessions with justice system officials that will continue throughout all of 2019. Pray that God may guide those facilitating, grant them wisdom and the ability to communicate effectively. Also, pray that participants in these sessions will embrace the teachings and make the very real issue of sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic their issue and continue to support/join IJM in the fight against this horrendous crime.

Pray for male survivors of sexual violence, sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Latin America. Through the years, our teams and partners in the field have been supporting them with legal services and trauma therapy. We have seen that male survivors experience violence and show trauma in a different way, and this requires the creation of different plans to provide them with the critical tools they need to reach restoration. Often, there is extra pressure for survivors who are males as their sexuality and manhood is questioned when they are interviewed in the different stages of their legal process by officials who haven’t received critical training in trauma-informed care or by people close to them who don’t fully understand what they went through. Please pray that all male survivors who we serve will experience true breakthrough in their healing process as we continue to seek justice in their cases.