Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, #EndSlaveryAct, EMSI, Holly's News January 28, 2016
Updates for Justice Advocates from Washington on politics, policy, and human rights. By Holly Burkhalter of International Justice Mission (IJM).

We’re still digging out from Washington’s fourth largest blizzard in history, “Snowzilla.” It’s mandatory to disparage our nation’s Capitol when it snows—especially if you migrated here from the Midwest. Well, I’m from the Midwest—I grew up in Ohio and Iowa—and I love my adopted, southern city. Precisely because it is a southern city, it’s not economical to lay in the plows and trucks that Chicago and Cleveland depend on. So when we get a really big storm, it means our Metro mass transit system closes, the federal government closes, and our cars are buried for days. My neighborhood, Capitol Hill, had a party atmosphere, with nothing but kids and their sleds and neighborhood dogs on the roads. Folks helped each other shovel their sidewalks.

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#7 in our series: Meet the Team! Here's Rene Vazquez.

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Meet the team, IJM staff, organizing, Advocacy January 28, 2016
Rene Vazquez is an organizer with International Justice Mission (IJM).

Image note: Rene began his career with IJM in the Guatemala office (where this picture was taken), where we are working to protect children from sexual violence. To find out more about IJM's work in Guatemala, please see this page on our website.

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On Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the story of "An Unlikely Hero"

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking, modern day slavery, #EndSlaveryAct January 11, 2016
Story of an Unlikely Hero by International Justice Mission on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay, dedicated to spreading the word about this huge challenge of our time and inspiring those around us to join in taking action to help stop human trafficking and end modern-day slavery.

The first thing that can be shocking is that these things are even happening—and on such a large scale in terms of people and places affected. There are more people living in slavery today than at any other time in history.

The second thing that can be surprising is that each of us, no matter who we are, actually has the ability to do something to help stop human trafficking and end modern-day slavery. 

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