New ways to connect in 2015

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Advocacy, The Freedom Commons January 22, 2015

2015 is going to be a big year in the fight for freedom and justice – and so much has happened already this January. Pope Francis kicked off the New Year by calling for action against modern-day slavery.* Social media buzzed over Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Across the world, people came together online and offline to mark the important decisions that the United Nations will make later this year in setting new sustainable development goals. 2015 will be an important year in the work of justice, and it has only just begun.

We hope YOU will be a part of the growing justice movement – whether you’re new here or whether you’ve been in it for a long time.

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News, modern day slavery January 22, 2015

Although President Obama devoted the bulk of his State of the Union address on January 20 to domestic concerns, he rightly raised the issue of ISIL and pledged to stop the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Three things I learned from campaign failure

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: HTPA, Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, Congress, Advocacy, H.R. 2283, S.1249 December 18, 2014

Nobody around here likes to accept to defeat. It’s partly how we’re wired—everyone I work with throws their body and soul into their work—but mostly because we know what a victory would have meant for the clients that IJM serves, and thousands like them.

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2 reasons why we are celebrating the CRomnibus

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Guatemala, Congress December 18, 2014

Like many Americans, our Government Relations and Advocacy team watched anxiously as Congress worked to pass its omnibus spending bill, which they did just in time to avert a federal government shutdown. The bill is enormous, so it’s not surprising that many Members were unhappy with the final compromise. But we at IJM had to rejoice, for two reasons.

 

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#3 in our series: Meet the team! Here's Eileen Campbell.

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Meet the team, Government Relations and Advocacy, IJM staff, organizing, Advocacy October 27, 2014

On the Government Relations & Advocacy (GRA) team at IJM, we are always interested in getting to know you and talking about how you can get involved in the fight to end slavery, but we realize that it might be nice for you to get to know our team, too! So, we’ll be doing a little blog series, featuring Q&A with each member of the GRA department. This will be your backstage pass to our legislative and advocacy programs, and an opportunity to learn more about the men and women who make up the team.

How it will work: Clara Campbell, GRA's Online Campaigns Manager, will interview each of the members of the team. There will be a mix of serious and fun questions, and ideally, after reading each post, you'll feel like you have a better idea who we are. 

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Good news from the fields: Just tomatoes are here to stay

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As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously encouraged, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” In other words, courage, prayer and hard work can and will achieve justice in this world, but that journey takes time. A lot of time. Oftentimes, barraged by a seeming endless array of real (or imagined) global crises and injustices in the 24/7 news cycle, it can seem that justice is never coming.

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News, Guatemala October 20, 2014

We had an unprecedented visit to IJM’s office this week: His Excellency Julio Ligorria, Guatemalan Ambassador to the United States, who was accompanied by his Minister Counselor, Edgar Villanueva. We’ve had many meetings at embassies to Washington but this was the first time a foreign Ambassador came to our headquarters to see us. 

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News, Holly's News; Human Trafficking Prioritization Act; Congress September 22, 2014
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The House and Senate adjourned this weekend for a long Congressional recess.  There will likely be a short lame-duck session after the elections, and then the new Congress will be in the saddle in January. 

They left a heap of unfinished business.  A big disappointment was the Senate’s failure to pass S.1249, a bill that would designate the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) a Bureau. The measure breezed through the House in July. We’d hoped that the House adoption would be wind under the Senate’s wings. Another help are the Senate’s own 37 cosponsors – a strong, bipartisan group, which includes 5 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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The people behind the electronics: New study takes a comprehensive look at forced labor in the Malaysia

by Clara Campbell / Topic: forced labor, Slavery September 17, 2014
verite forced labor Today, Verité released a new study, the result of a research project aimed at determining whether forced labor does in fact exist in the production of electronic goods in Malaysia. 

Verité's CEO, Dan Viederman, says, “Verité’s study is the most comprehensive look at forced labor in the Malaysian electronics sector to date. Our report provides a clear sense of the scope of the problem in the industry, as well as the root causes underlying this egregious form of abuse, which center on unlawful and unethical recruitment practices.”

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Close to home: How does YOUR state rate in the fight against human trafficking?

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking, State Polaris Project Rating September 17, 2014
2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws

It can be easy to let ourselves think that human trafficking is solely an international problem, but reports like the one released by Polaris remind us that human trafficking is very much a problem right here in the United States as well. This is all of our fight, and it is critical that we have the information and data we need so that we can consider the best approaches to stopping human trafficking.

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