International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. The largest non-profit organization of its kind, IJM combats slavery, sex trafficking, property grabbing, police abuse of power and sexual violence, working in nearly 20 communities throughout South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. IJM is headquartered in Washington, DC. IJM’s program to combat child sexual assault (CSA) in Guatemala began in 2005. Through collaborative casework and targeted system reform projects, IJM has worked to increase the capacity of the Guatemala public justice system (PJS) to intervene on behalf of child sexual assault victims, with intent to reduce the prevalence of child sexual assault and to improve results in the PJS approach, attention and results of PJS cases.
IJM’s program in Guatemala pursued the following Outcomes:
Key stakeholders in Guatemala included: Ministry of Interior, National Civil Police, Presidential Commission for Police Reform, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Judicial Branch, UNICEF, World Vision, Compassion International, U.S. Department of State and UN Women.
At the end of 2017, IJM concluded Phase 1 and Phase 2 of its CSA program in Guatemala City through reducing casework, and focused on handover to partner organizations and government partners. With reduced casework in Guatemala City, IJM continued its program focused on equipping partner organizations and PJS actors in Quetzaltenango, Alta Verapaz and Escuintla.
The evaluation identified changes in the Guatemala PJS since the program’s launch in 2005; assessed changes in the prevalence of child sexual assault in target areas; and evaluated the extent to which IJM’s activities contributed to these changes. The evaluation assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact in each of IJM’s project areas