Lucille Dejito

Director of IJM Cebu

Lucille spearheads IJM Cebu’s strategic efforts to collaborate with local authorities and other partners to build communities in the Visayas and Mindanao regions in the Philippines where children are safe and protected from online sexual exploitation. She leads the implementation of IJM’s community protection model and global advocacy model in these regions. Her team in Cebu consists of lawyers, investigators, social workers and partnership professionals who work alongside local authorities to rescue victims of OSEC, building aftercare capacity and a network of care to ensure their restoration, securing perpetrator accountability under the law, and building capacity of the criminal justice system to sustainably and effectively scale protection of vulnerable children from online sexual exploitation.

Lucille joined IJM in 2012 and has been with the organization for almost 9 years now. She is a lawyer by training and served as a private prosecutor in cases of commercial sex trafficking of children in Cebu. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of Legal Interventions/Head of Prosecution Development for 5 years, leading a team of lawyers who work alongside the government to prosecute cases of online sexual exploitation of children in court throughout the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Most recently, Lucille won the Woman of the Future in Southeast Asia Award, Professions category, for her incredible work as a prosecutor and in leading her team in intervening on behalf of vulnerable women and children resulting to 83 convictions of traffickers.

She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of San Carlos in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of the Philippines in 2006.