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to end violence against women and children in Central America

By signing this petition and telling Congress to help end violence against women and children in Central America, you will save lives, transform communities and help bring stability to an extremely volatile region of the world.
Children’s lives are on the line

Jakelin is one of many Guatemalan girls who experienced sexual abuse as a child. One night, her mother, Catarina,* woke up and found her spouse about to rape Jakelin in her bedroom.

Horrified, she took Jakelin and her brothers and fled their home and reported the crime to authorities. With IJM’s help, Jakelin’s father was prosecuted and put in jail for his crime. But many cases remain open, and an average of two women are murdered each day in Guatemala.

Everyone can agree that vulnerable women and children deserve protection and justice. Congress is considering bi-partisan legislation that will help strengthen public justice systems so they protect girls like Jakelin from sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Take 30 seconds to tell your elected officials to support this life-saving legislation.

Sign the petition today and say “I AM HERE” with victims and survivors of sexual violence in Central America.

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What people are saying

"Many Central American migrants are fleeing the violence of kidnapping, gangs, and rape that local authorities have been powerless to stop. But targeted investment in police, courts, prosecutors, and widespread engagement of civil society can make a measurable difference in the lives of the poorest. Central America needs more of that United States investment rather than less." - IJM CEO Gary Haugen

Read the articleRead the full article in the hill

"There are innovative, effective programs—many funded by the US government—that are addressing this violence and instability. The win-win of such programs is that they not only serve vulnerable people often forced to run for their lives, but they also make staying home a real possibility for many people who, violence aside, have no desire to migrate." - IJM VP of Spiritual Formation Jim Martin

Read the articleRead the full article in Christianity Today

Faith Sign-On Letter

Pastors and faith leaders from across the country are standing together to urge Congress to take action to protect vulnerable women and children from violence in Central America. If you are a pastor or faith leader, add your name to this letter today!

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