News from Washington - September 2011

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns September 12, 2011

Every September, Congress returns to Washington after a month-long recess, spent with constituents at town halls and in-district meetings hearing about the issues important to the people in their states and districts. This August, Members of Congress heard a message loud and clear: Americans care about modern-day slavery.  IJM’s friends around the country held 100 meetings with Members, Senators or their staff in 24 states and let them know that ending slavery – and supporting foreign assistance programs that end slavery – is their top priority. Read More

Recap of National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns September 11, 2011

Last week Thursday, September 8, hundreds of advocates around the country called their Senators as part of the National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA. Over 1300 calls have been logged by advocates from 47 states!

Constituents can call their Members of Congress about important issues like this any day (so if you haven’t called yet, you still can!). But a flood of calls on one day really helps draw attention to an issue. Thank you for helping us bring this issue to the forefront! Read More

Your Voice Matters on National Call-in Day

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns September 5, 2011

This spring, students across the country created videos to inspire others to advocate for the passage of the TVPRA. Submissions for the TVPRA Student Video Contest called on citizens to join the movement to end modern-day slavery by calling their Senators on IJM’s National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA.

Check out this inspiring video—the winning submission—from the students at Lipscomb University, and don’t forget to commit to calling your Senators on September 8! Read More

BREAKING NEWS: House Introduces TVPRA!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns September 1, 2011

 Just last week, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bi-partisan bill renews and strengthens the legislation that established U.S. programs to fight slavery at home and abroad. Read More

Join the National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns August 25, 2011

Throughout the month of August, advocates around the country have been meeting with their Senators and Representatives in Congress, asking for their support on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). These meetings are crucial in sending a message to Members of Congress that fighting human trafficking is a priority for their constituents.

On September 6, Congress returns to Washington, and we want to make sure the message is still loud and clear: Americans care about ending modern-day slavery and want their elected leaders to care about it too. Read More

District Meeting Campaign

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns August 21, 2011

Two weeks ago, Congress went on its annual August district recess, a full month where Members of Congress return to their home states to hear from their constituents about the issues they care about. Meeting with a Member of Congress can be intimidating, but hundreds of advocates around the country have taken the leap during our District Meeting Campaign by arranging meetings with their Members of Congress in support of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) - a bill that will renew US efforts to combat slavery at home and abroad.

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Introducing the Justice Campaigns blog!

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns August 13, 2011

Welcome to the new blog for IJM’s Justice Campaigns! Justice Campaigns is the official advocacy and grassroots organizing program of International Justice Mission. We mobilize people around the country in support of US policies that will lead to the abolition of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Learn more about our program here!

We are so excited to offer you this blog as a resource in your work as an advocate for victims of trafficking and slavery worldwide. Check back often to find helpful information like:

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Your Voice Matters – Meet Kate Snow

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns August 12, 2011

Ohio State University student Kate Snow first realized her voice matters in the fight against slavery when she attended an in-district meeting at her Congressman’s office in Ohio. Kate is now helping lead Justice Campaigns’ advocacy efforts in Ohio. Hear her story.

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News From Washington - August 2011

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns August 4, 2011

I am very glad to report that Congress has at last begun to move on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).  IJM staff and friends have been eagerly anticipating this bill for months, and were thrilled when the Senate’s version was introduced on June 29. 

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News From Washington - April 2011

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns April 28, 2011

As the "Battle of the Budget" wore on in Congress earlier this month, we at International Justice Mission had a particular reason to be anxious about the impasse. One hundred and twenty six friends of IJM from around the U.S. were planning to join us in Washington on Monday, April 11 to meet with their elected Senators, Members of Congress, and their legislative aides. IJM staff had worked for months to secure 130 meetings at which these passionate local advocates would convey their support for the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons ("the TIP Office").

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