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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Join IJM and #enditmovement: share to help end slavery and support the #EndSlaveryAct!

Today is End It Movement's Shine A Light on Slavery Day. Earlier this week, IJM joined Senator Corker and Entd

Today, IJM joins the country in one of the largest awareness generating events to end slavery: the End It Movement's Shine a Light on Slavery Day. The End It Movement is a coalition of the leading organizations in the fight for freedom.

This year, advocates around the country are taking part in the End It Movement by asking their members of Congress to pass the End Modern Slavery Initiative. This bill will unite leaders across the globe to enact proven anti-slavery models on a worldwide scale—bringing freedom to millions of families who are currently living in slavery.

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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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This news has us—literally—jumping for joy this Christmas!

Congress has passed a budget bill that includes funding for the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act!

Hello from Washington, DC!

One of the great holiday traditions in our nation’s capital is Congress waiting until a final deadline to pass an appropriations bill that will fund the U.S. Government for the next fiscal year. Usually, this is within the last day or two before DC becomes a ghost town for the holidays. This year, the tradition continued. Earlier today, as the sand ran out, Congress voted to approve a budget for 2016.

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