Standing for freedom - Texas style

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: #EndSlaveryAct, #Stand4Freedom April 28, 2015
#EndSlaveryAct and #Stand4Freedom in Texas

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.

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Why global poverty still exists: the new TED talk to watch

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: The Locust Effect, Sustainable Development Goals, poverty, everyday violence April 20, 2015
Gary Haugen, Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission, TED Talk 2015

You can give all manner of goods and services to the poor, but if you don’t restrain the violent bullies from taking it away, we are going to be disappointed by the long-term impact of our efforts.

Gary Haugen gives his first TED talk:
The Hidden Reason For Poverty The World Has Overlooked

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It is TIME to take your #STAND4FREEDOM

Stand For Freedom

This week (April 6 to 10), thousands of advocates around the world and across the U.S. are taking a #Stand4Freedom and asking their members of Congress to help end slavery by supporting the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (or EMSI).

Join in the action and #Stand4Freedom!

We need to tell our elected officials how important ending modern-day slavery is. Help us send the message loud and clear.

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A conversation on the future of fighting human trafficking

by Lacey White / Topic: modern slavery, Human Trafficking March 11, 2015
Holly Burkhalter and Cindy McCain

As a somewhat new member of the Government Relations and Advocacy team at IJM, I am still enchanted by the fact that I get to help fight for freedom on behalf of thousands every day. Social justice has always been a cause to which I have gravitated, and as someone who has been given a voice, I would like to use it in defending others. As a person of faith, a millennial and college student who studied politics and policy, I would say that I was bound to end up fighting for human rights at some time or another. As a young person (or a human being,  in general!), it can be easy to get involved in a cause and then become disenchanted or disinterested after things don’t progress as we would like them to, but human rights and human freedom cannot be won and maintained with that mindset.

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The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 and its journey to become law

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: EMSI, modern day slavery, abolition, Human Trafficking, Congress March 2, 2015
End Slavery Initiative Act

The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (S.553; EMSI) provides a bold, bipartisan opportunity to advance the very best of American ideals to end modern-day slavery. From many years of working in the human rights field, I can tell you it is painfully rare to see opportunities like the one this bill represents: a way to spring forward and fight injustice on a new level. Senator Corker’s bill will make a big difference in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking – if it becomes law.

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Three things you'll love about the new Freedom Commons

by Clara Campbell / Topic: The Freedom Commons, Advocacy, organizing February 20, 2015
Advocate and connect on The Freedom Commons When I’m informed about an issue, but don’t feel equipped to take action on it, I just feel overwhelmed. Just a decade ago, if the newspaper carried a story about someone who was brutalized, even enslaved, it was hard to know how to connect with other people who were similarly concerned.   In today’s digital world, almost everyone we’ve met is just a click away—long-lost third cousins, friends from elementary school, people we chatted up at a conference. Read More

Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News, CPCA, Advocacy Summit February 18, 2015
News from Washington We celebrated here at IJM when Undersecretary Sarah Sewall announced to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 11th that the U.S. Government has chosen Ghana to be the first Child Protection Compact Act focus country!  IJM and our supporters around the U.S. have been working since 2009 to secure this new approach for U.S. Read More

#5 in our series: Meet the Team! Here's Erica Boonstra.

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Meet the team February 12, 2015
Erica Boonstra

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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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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