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Justicia para Nuestras Hijas, Mexico ( Justice for Our Daughters)

The involvement of organized crime groups in the Mexican state of Chihuahua - and in particular the city of Juarez - has led to the trafficking and subsequent killing of hundreds of girls and women. Most of these trafficking victims are used for the purpose of sexual exploitation and are forced to sell drugs for a few months before being killed.

Against this backdrop, the Mexican NGO 'Justicia para Nuestras Hijas' (JPNH) was recently selected as a recipient under the second call for proposals of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, managed by UNODC. Until this call for proposals, the Trust Fund previously only supported projects working directly with victims, but this case is exceptional as the victims of this heinous act are seldom rescued alive. JPNH provides support to the families of deceased victims, particularly their mothers, through legal assistance.

Even though the number of victims that are rescued alive is very low, those that have been rescued have not wanted to pursue criminal proceedings against their traffickers as the authorities are generally not able to guarantee their safety. Nonetheless, with the grant received from the Trust Fund, JPNH successfully concluded a trial on behalf of the families of four deceased female victims. On 14 April 2015, five traffickers were each sentenced to 697 years in prison, and fined $839,274 each in damages-- a judgment that was deemed historic.

Visit JPNH's website here.