IJM’s wonderful Advocacy Summit is coming up fast! We can’t wait to have our friends from around the United States converge on Washington for advocacy training and story-telling followed by a day of meetings with members of Congress, senators and their staff in support of our cherished End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (EMSI, #EndSlaveryAct). Many of those coming to the Advocacy Summit are experienced lobbyists, having visited their Senate and House offices many times. But for some, it will be the first time up on Capitol Hill. Either way, we want to make sure our advocates are well prepared.Read More
Here at IJM, the team is getting ready for our annual Advocacy Summit. The event is made up of two parts: on Day 1, we do in-depth training and development of advocacy skills, and Day 2, we head to Capitol Hill and lobby our members of Congress. It's an opportunity to have a great impact in the fight for freedom, so we want to make sure our advocates are prepared to make the most of their time in Washington. Over the course of a long career in advocacy, I've done more than a few lobby days, and spent my share of time on Capitol Hill.Read More
Three years ago, during the summer of 2012, thousands of you began learning about the very recent history of abuse and exploitation—including slavery—in Florida’s tomato fields. These tomatoes (and the farmworkers who grow and pick them) account for 90% of this country’s off-season (November to May) supply.Read More
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), a diplomatic tool used to fight human trafficking around the world.
Read our response to this year's report here.Read More
The theme for IJM’s Global Prayer Gathering this year was “Prayer Matters.” It was a beautiful testament to God’s work through prayer, and I was entirely on board. I always have been, as imperfectly as I’ve acted on my belief in prayer. IJM doesn’t stop there, though, and in a few months, it will host its annual Advocacy Summit. Its unofficial theme could be “Advocacy Matters.” I’m on board with this too, but I haven’t always been.Read More
We at IJM are thrilled about the introduction in the Senate of S.553, the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI.) Thanks to the leadership of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), EMSI quickly collected bipartisan support in the Senate and was reported out of the Committee unanimously in February. We’re happy to report that 18 Senators are co-sponsors. Many of them heard directly from anti-slavery activists in their states in support of the bill.Read More
UPDATE: On Thursday, August 06, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held an oversight hearing to review the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. You can watch the full hearing here.
"The 2015 report causes me concern. It causes me concern. And I want to get answers today about the 2015 Report. There are upgrades in this report that are hard to understand and I put Malaysia number one on the list." (Senator Cardin, D-MD, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee)Read More
Today is Juneteenth! What, you may ask, is that? Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
In 1865, people didn't find things out instantly by reading a blog post, checking the trends on Twitter or watching a CNN iReport. News traveled slowly. So on June 19 of that year, when Maj. General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston, TX, he was the first (!) to announce that the Confederacy was defeated and all slaves were officially free. (A note for context: this was 2+ years after the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.)Read More
The global fight against poverty gained an unprecedented level of attention in 2000 when the United Nations—and all its member countries—established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were our global roadmap; our plan for creating a future in which men, women, and children worldwide could thrive.
Over the course of the past 15 years, we’ve learned a lot about development:
· We’ve recognized the importance of empowering women, who “hold up half the sky.”
· We’ve witnessed “the girl effect” and have come to understand the necessity of investing in girls’ education.Read More
The cliché practically writes itself at this point: Everything is bigger in Texas. But they’re often clichés because they’re true! And when it came to #Stand4Freedom, Texas truly did it Texas-style.
On Friday, April 10, IJM campus chapters from Texas A&M, Baylor, and University of Texas descended on the Capitol steps in Austin for an extra, collective #Stand4Freedom rally to cap off their individual campus efforts across the state the week prior. They were joined by other Lone Star abolitionists from Waco, Dallas, Burleson, San Antonio, Houston, College Station and Austin.Read More