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Gang Rape Of Two Teens Leads To An Unusual Step — A Trial

At the northern border of Somalia and Ethiopia, a group of teenage boys forced two girls — aged 14 and 16 — into a car, drove them to another location, stripped them and raped them. The incident occurred on December 6. This weekend, a community court charged the perpetrators with thousands of dollars in fines, as well as up to 200 lashes and 10 years in jail. That's an unexpected outcome in a country where the perpetrators of rape often pay a

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British Charity Director Found Guilty for Abusing Street Children in Kenya

Today, a British court found Simon Harris guilty of abusing young Kenyan boys, as well as possessing indecent images of children, when he was working as the director of a children’s charity in their community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK police and human rights agencies, including IJM Kenya. Harris will be sentenced on January 30, 2015. BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM, December

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Updates from Kupenda

At our past meeting we heard from Kupenda founder Cindy Bauer.  Kupenda (Swahili for “love”) is a charity formed to meet the needs of handicapped children in the developing world.  In her Oct 9th blog, Cindy shares about how a name was given to a Kenyan baby who was killed at birth because he had a cleft pallet and club feet. “Although this child lived only a few hours, his story is providing life for thousands of children with disabilities

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17 girls r​escued from 4 bars i​n the Philippines

Over the past week, we helped rescue 17 girls and young women from trafficking in four different bars in the Philippines. In the first of two successful operations, we helped local police rescue young women from this karaoke bar in Pampanga. Customers sit at plastic tables and sing karaoke, or choose a girl and take her into one of the dimly lit VIP rooms in the back. One of the young women rescued from this bar said she was 14 when she was first

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Hagar’s Sisters Job Description: Executive Assistant

Hagar’s Sisters is looking for a full-time Executive Assistant. As a trusted church partner we would love to have your help in getting the word out about this very important position in our organization. Position Summary: The Executive Assistant is a full-time position that supports and reports to the President. Position Requirements: The Executive Assistant will work from the office in Acton. Position requirements include: • Deep love and commitment

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Amirah House Job Description: House Coordinator

Job Description: House Coordinator Amirah is dedicated to provide whole person aftercare for survivors of commercial exploitation Working to this end, we: • Deliver complete care, addressing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and vocational needs of survivors through our referral network and in home care. • Provide safe housing with qualified and well-trained staff • Cooperate with law enforcement to support and empower survivors.

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IJM Manila: Five Traffickers Convicted, Building Now Houses a Church, Gym and Restaurant

Praise God for justice this week in the Philippines: Five traffickers were convicted after a two-year trial. If you joined us for the Global Prayer Gathering this year, you prayed for this case in the Manila prayer room. God truly melted mountains. At the end of the trial, we learned that the judge was related to one of the perpetrators. IJM Manila advocated for a new judge who could rule without bias. Praise God that this new judge swiftly reviewed

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Five things you can do to help end exploitation

We are grateful for and inspired by the momentum that is building to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Massachusetts. Thank you to everyone who came out to learn more about human trafficking on May 28th at our special screening of "TRICKED." We were thrilled to have filmmaker Jane Wells join us for a question and answer session following the screening. To learn more about "TRICKED" or her other films go to

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Sign a petition calling the Nigerian Government to Bring Back Our Girls

In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school by a terrorist group, Boko Haram, that may be selling them as brides for $12 each. I am calling on the Nigerian government to save them. This is part of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that has nothing to do with these 200 girls. The abducted young girls are being affected by a conflict they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. I can only imagine what these

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Call Today! Advocate for Conflict-free Minerals Policies

The Massachusetts State House is currently considering legislation that, if passed, would add Massachusetts to the growing list of states, cities, and campuses across the country that are committing to conflict-free minerals policies. We need your help to make Massachusetts conflict-free. Call Speaker DeLeo and ask him to bring “H.2898: An Act Relative to Congo Conflict Minerals” to a vote. H. 2898 was originally filed by former Representative

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