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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News From Washington - March 2011

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns March 29, 2011

IJM's Vice President of Government Relations Holly Burkhalter gives an update from downtown Washington, DC, about the letter to President Obama that nearly 21,000 individuals from around the country signed, asking the President to make fighting trafficking a priority this year.

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News From Washington - January 2011

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns January 3, 2011

Holly Burkhalter, Vice President of Government Relations at IJM, provides an update on the Child Protection Compact Act and invites your involvement moving into 2011.

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News From Washington - May 2010

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns May 10, 2010

I’m sitting here at my desk with a 650-page, 15-pound letter to President Obama on my lap. It wasn’t that I had a lot to say – the text is only one page long. No, the reason this letter is so huge is because it is signed by 20,300 friends of IJM in 50 states. There are 3,060 Californians, 557 Georgians, 800-plus from Pennsylvania, and over 1,000 from nearby Virginia. These are folks who took the time to respond to an appeal from IJM, and they sent it on to family and friends and neighbors. They tweeted, posted to Facebook, phoned, wrote and e-mailed.

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