One of 9 children, Clarisa has a mental disability, and lives in extreme poverty in a very dangerous part of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Clarisa shared with IJM that she was raped and then sold by her abuser to another man, who raped her again.
Both suspects threatened to hurt Clarisa or her family if she dared to tell anyone. But Clarisa bravely spoke up.
After an investigation, both men were arrested.
However, we believe these two men pose a threat to Clarisa and her family. We worked with the local prosecutor to build a strong case requesting the two men stay in jail until their trial.
While reviewing the final documents for the case, our team and the prosecutor noticed a clerical error that could derail the entire case and allow the suspects to walk free.
They worked quickly to get the small typo—with big implications—fixed.
The morning of the hearing, the mistake was fixed and the court granted the request to keep the suspects in jail while the investigation continues.
This is one of IJM’s first cases in the Dominican Republic. We will continue to work with the local prosecutor to present a case that brings Clarisa the justice she deserves.
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