Online Court Hearing in the Midst of Pandemic

The prolonged pandemic in the Philippines has created issues that required necessary adjustments, especially for the women and children in The Blessed Project who are still in school and/or have ongoing court cases.

Kara (name changed for privacy and protection), who was also previously featured in one of our blogs, was rescued during an entrapment operation by authorities in 2020. She was then transferred to the Blessed Project where she received counselling and support to heal and rebuild her life, while also awaiting progress on her ongoing case against her perpetrator.

Our partners in International Justice Mission usually help in assisting the women in their court hearings. However, due to the pandemic and the implemented lockdown, Kara’s court hearing had to be conducted online via video conference.

Blessed Project’s social worker assisted Kara in this new experience. They reviewed important details that might be brought up before the hearing. The social worker also stayed with her throughout the hearing to assist with technical needs and provide emotional support. After the session, Kara received the much needed support to process her emotions as she was asked difficult questions. Despite the many adjustments needed with this new experience, Kara was able to effectively identify and testify against her perpetrator.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

If you would like to sponsor Kara or other women at the Blessed House please contact us at sponsorship@captivating.org. Your monthly support of USD 40 / AUD 48 will help support them through the rehabilitation process, and bring restoration while they rebuild their lives.

You may also join us in our ongoing fundraising event – The Workout Challenge. Click on the links below to know more.

    

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