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Peru - International Justice Mission———————————

During the summer of 2008, Ruth traveled to Huánuco, Peru for the first time at the special request of the International Justice Mission to provide education on sexual assault evidence collection to community leaders in health care and law enforcement.

She returns each year with a multidisciplinary team to provide trainings in Huánuco and Lima on the maltreatment of women and children. This is a collaborative effort of the International Justice Mission in Washington DC, The River Church Community in San Jose, California and Paz y Esperanza in Huánuco and Lima. The mission supports Paz y Esperanza, a Christian human rights organization, as they work tirelessly to fight against an epidemic of sexual violence against children and domestic violence against women.

Their passion for seeking justice is truly an inspiration.

The team provides trainings for lawyers, investigators, forensic physicians, therapists, community organizers and pastors, supporting their efforts to make systemic changes to the justice system in Huánuco. While in Lima, they provide similar trainings and meet with Peruvian dignitaries to support the work of Paz y Esperanza.

Paz y Esperanza -subtitulos inglÚs from Paz y Esperanza on Vimeo.

An article on Ruth’s work in Peru can be found if you scroll down the page to “International Association of Forensic Nurses Member Impart Forensic Knowledge and Practices in Peru” Click to Read on the IAFN Website or Here for the PDF version.

Fundraising efforts for the 2014 trip are underway. Ruth raises her own support for the trip, but if you would like to be a part of this exciting work in Peru, click here and email Ruth today to help support the cause.

For More Information on how to make a tax deductible contribution for the International Justice Mission to Peru please follow this special Weblink and type Peru (Ruth Downing) in the note section or if sending a check...put it in the memo area on your check!


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Each year the mission continues in trainings and to encourage the amazing healthcare and legal professionals in Huánuco and Lima. They are passionate in their work as they strive to improve justice for women and children and are truly an inspiration.

Plans for Peru each year are very exciting. They are currently making arrangements to bring child sexual abuse experts with them to accelerate the trainings. More to come on this exciting collaborative effort to address child maltreatment in Huánuco, Peru.

By the way, the group is looking for interpreters to accompany us to Peru. If you know anyone fluent in Latin American Spanish, send them our way by emailing or giving us a call at 740-815-8167!

Healthcare is truly the missing link in seeking justice for our patients!