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Protecting Children From Sexual Violence

Despite the beauty of Guatemala, there is a hidden plague of sexual violence against children. In some neighborhoods, 1 in 4 adolescent girls is a victim of sexual violence.

Many of the children we serve are from "red zones". Governments designate these areas as particularly dangerous because they are prone to natural disaster—but in this case, they are colored red because of extreme violence.

When IJM began exploring opening an office in 2005, human rights experts said the system was too broken and would never protect the poor—that our mission would be impossible. Nearly a decade later, a stronger law and a new Sex Crimes Unit exist, evidence of a country getting serious about tackling the crime.

“Today we have the opportunity to pass on a brighter future to the children of Guatemala: a future with better protection against sexual violence. The time is right to join forces and take action!”

Vinicio Zuquino IJM Guatemala Deputy Director

Alongside our government partners, we are proving every day that change is possible for children in Guatemala. In 2012, we helped secure more than 1 out of every 3 convictions against pedophiles in the state where we work.

Our Progress

We are an active member of an influential coalition aimed at increasing the awareness of child sexual assault and influencing government actors to implement policies to address the problem.

In 2012, IJM helped secure more than 1 out of every 3 convictions against pedophiles in the state where we work.

In August of 2014, the Guatemalan Vice President and the Interior Minister signed an agreement to partner with IJM for four years to strengthen the specialized Sex Crimes Unit of the National Civil Police.

Our Team in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Field Office Director: Brad Twedt
Established: 2005
Focus: Sexual Violence

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