A bittersweet goodbye to IJM Organizing Director—East, Seth Wispelwey

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: IJM staff, organizing, Advocacy March 3, 2016
Seth Wispelwey served at IJM for four years.

Goodbyes are hard, which is why I’m completely avoiding this one.

February was my last month with IJM. The ending was bittersweet, and came faster than anyone would want at such a lovely, transformational place, but good things are ahead. Starting in March, I took on a new executive role in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA serving survivors of labor and sex trafficking—I’m still in this fight! And so I get to still write this …

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Holly's News From Washington: time to act!

Students support the #EndSlaveryAct

We at IJM have been working around the clock over the past week to help our anti-slavery champion, Senator Bob Corker, bring the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) to the Senate floor for a vote. It is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 8. EMSI, if enacted, would create a public-private foundation to fund slavery eradication in heavily-burdened countries. EMSI’s approach prioritizes actually freeing slaves and bringing perpetrators to justice. Senator Corker was inspired to develop this legislation by IJM’s anti-slavery casework around the world.

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What Nashville, an Ashton Kutcher movie, and YOU have to do with the end of slavery

"I believe in Nashville" sign.

THE CITY OF NASHVILLE runs along the winding Cumberland River. To the east lie mountain ranges with names that have stories in them, like Great Smoky and Unicoi. Go west on the road to Jackson and Memphis, and you’ll come to the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf Coastal Plain.

Nashville’s flag has a true blue background, said to represent the courage and conviction of the city’s leaders throughout history, and its gold stripe stands for the richness of the city’s land and resources. Named for a general in the American Revolutionary War, there’s no doubt about it: Nashville is indeed wealthy in history, land, and resources.

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Utah, we need your help: make a phone call for freedom today!

Make a call for freedom and ask your senator to let the EMSI come to a vote.

The fight to end slavery needs your help: will you make one phone call for freedom today?

Senator Mike Lee is preventing the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) from coming to a vote. The EMSI is a game-changer. This bill will bring freedom to millions of people living in slavery today—but ONLY if it passes.

THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:Please ask Senator Lee to allow the EMSI to come to a vote.DIAL:

1 (866) 720-FREE (3733).

Ask to be connected to Senator Mike Lee’s office.

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Oklahoma, we need your help: make a phone call for freedom today!

Make a call for freedom and ask your senator to let the EMSI come to a vote.

The fight to end slavery needs your help: will you make one phone call for freedom today?

Senator Lankford is preventing the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) from coming to a vote. The EMSI is a game-changer. This bill will bring freedom to millions of people living in slavery today—but ONLY if it passes.

THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:Please ask Senator Lankford to allow the EMSI to come to a vote.DIAL:

1 (866) 720-FREE (3733).

Ask to be connected to Senator Lankford’s office.

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Texas, we need your help: make a phone call for freedom today!

Make a call for freedom and ask your senator to let the EMSI come to a vote.

The fight to end slavery needs your help: will you make one phone call for freedom today?

Senator Cruz is preventing the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) from coming to a vote. The EMSI is a game-changer. This bill will bring freedom to millions of people living in slavery today—but ONLY if it passes.

THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:Please ask Senator Cruz to allow the EMSI to come to a vote.DIAL:

1 (866) 720-FREE (3733).

Ask to be connected to Senator Cruz's office.

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