Despite all the horrific injustice around the world, there are also a lot of brave people fighting for the justice of victims. Yet it comes at a cost, and sometimes that cost is life.
International Justice Mission is full of these brave people. They work all over the world helping to rescue those who have been victims of violence and oppression. They seek justice by working to capture and prosecute those who inflict harm. They defend those who cannot defend themselves.
Recently, IJM lost one of their staff members, Willie Kimani. He, a client, and a taxi driver were abducted after a court hearing. Their bodies were found dead a week later.
Hear is a message from Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of IJM:
We are deeply mourning the loss of our colleague, Willie, our client, Josephat, and taxi driver, Joseph. We strongly condemn the perpetrators of these murders and the horrific violence inflicted upon these men. IJM exists to protect the poor from violence, and Willie’s life was taken while courageously pursuing that mission.
As we work to provide comfort and support for the families of Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, we are grateful to the U.S. Embassy, the local Kenyan police, and our partners globally and on the ground who responded swiftly and professionally to our requests for help.
We are deeply grateful to our colleagues on the ground who bravely worked in dangerous conditions to try to locate these men, and we are as committed as ever to our IJM Kenya team and to their struggle for justice in their nation. We will seek justice for Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, and will not cease in pursuit of this case until that end is secured.
We mourn with IJM over this tragic loss. You can read more about the details here.
Violence is a daily threat for people living in poverty. They have no protections from the law, whether it is corruption or a dysfunctional justice system. Without that, criminals commit acts of violence like slavery, trafficking and abuse without fear of getting caught.
IJM works with local police and government to bring in criminals, represent victims in court, and strengthen the overall justice system.