Please follow my journey in Nairobi, Kenya, as I spend 2010 working with International Justice Mission (IJM) to spread the message of justice to victims of violent oppression.

IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Our lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.  IJM Kenya specifically focuses on cases of child sexual violence and illegal detention.

IJM justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.

Our investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities.By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice.

In all of its casework, IJM has a four-fold purpose:

1. Victim Relief

IJM’s first priority in its casework is immediate relief for the victim of the abuse being committed.

2. Perpetrator Accountability

IJM seeks to hold perpetrators accountable for their abuse in their local justice systems. Accountability changes the fear equation: When would-be perpetrators are rightly afraid of the consequences of their abuse, the vulnerable do not need to fear them.

3. Victim Aftercare

IJM aftercare staff and trusted local aftercare partners work to ensure that victims of oppression are equipped to rebuild their lives and respond to the complex emotional and physical needs that are often the result of abuse.

4. Structural Transformation

IJM seeks to prevent abuse from being committed against others at risk by strengthening the community factors and local judicial systems that will deter potential oppressors.

For more information on seeking justice, check out www.ijm.org.

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