OP-ED | Missing from the UN's agenda: Everyday Violence

by Erica Boonstra, Tim Gehring / Topic: The Locust Effect, everyday violence, UN, MDG September 10, 2014

Earlier this month, UNICEF released a staggering report on violence against children. The report, Hidden in Plain Sight, reveals that violence is as much a part of poverty as hunger, illness, or lack of access to education, but it is much harder to see.  Its publication is timely, as the UN General Assembly convenes in New York City later this month to mark one year until the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals are announced. These goals will set a new global agenda for governments, development agencies and NGOs to address poverty and promote sustainable development.

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Highways and Byways: A motorcycle ride for justice

by Lauren Walker / Topic: justice August 28, 2014
Lauren Walker

The end of the summer brings last-minute trips to the beach, bonfires at night and crispness in the air. For two IJM advocates, though, the end of summer also marks the beginning of an exciting adventure: a motorcycle trip for justice!

 

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California: It's time to call Governor Brown!

by Kate Case / Topic: Child Sex Trafficking in California, Safe Harbor August 27, 2014
Call Governor Brown!

Hello, Californians!

 

We need YOU to join IJM in speaking up against human trafficking today. Will you help us by making a phone call to Governor Brown?

It's really easy, and we've got all the information you need. Here's what to do:

Dial Governor Brown's office at +1 (916) 445-2841

When the office answers the phone, say the following, replacing text in BOLD with the appropriate details.

Hi! My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR HOME TOWN], California.

Would you be willing to pass along a message to Governor Brown? 

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Washington: We need you to call your senators today!

Phone

Hello, Washington!

 

We need YOU to join IJM in speaking up against human trafficking today. Will you help us by making 2 phone calls?

It's really easy, and we've got all the information you need. Here's what to do:

Dial 1 866 720 FREE (3733)

Ask for (1) Senator CANTWELL and for the next call, (2) Senator MURRAY.

When the office answers the phone, say the following, replacing text in BOLD with the appropriate details.

Hi! My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR HOME TOWN], Washington.

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We've got unfinished business: keep our issues alive during the August recess!

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: H.R.2283, S.1249, Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, Holly's News, Congress August 13, 2014
Holly Burkhalter

It’s August and Washington, DC has slowed down considerably – especially if you’re in traffic and trying to make it to Nationals Stadium in time for the first pitch.  The House and Senate are on recess and overworked legislative staff who haven’t seen daylight for months have either left town altogether or are wearing jeans to work and taking it sloooow…

Legislators may have put policy issues behind them this month, but there are big problems waiting for them when they return after Labor Day. None of the annual spending bills have passed the Senate, the emergency supplemental aid to address the Central American immigration crisis hasn’t been passed, and there are hundreds of Presidential appointments to various government posts that await Senate confirmation.

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What the majority of people may not know - and what you can do to change that

by Nahrie Chung / Topic: modern day slavery, Human Trafficking, Congress August 13, 2014
looking out the window

A bright, amicable woman stood out in the hallway and waved excitedly to us.

 

“Are you here for the documentary screening?” she asked eagerly, and when Tim and I nodded, she introduced herself as Jaime Saul, executive producer of the film we were about to watch. Inside what is normally a full-fledged committee hearing room, the film’s director, Grant Knisely, welcomed us warmly and thanked us for coming. As the House had passed a package of trafficking bills (our HTPA bill included) just days before, and given the anticipation of the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, the timing of this film could not have not been better.

 

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#2 in our series: Meet the team! Here's Melanie Beilfuss.

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Meet the team, Government Relations and Advocacy August 13, 2014
Melanie delivers advocacy postcards

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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Humans of New York, the Locust Effect, and Our Global Fight to End Poverty

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: The Locust Effect, Millennium Development Goals August 13, 2014
Erica Boonstra

I’ve long been a fan of Brandon Stanton’s blog, Humans of New York*, for the thought-provoking profiles he captures that give us a glimpse into the characters that make up the U.S.A.’s most populous city. I was thrilled when Brandon announced his 50-day “World Tour” in partnership with the United Nations, aimed at raising awareness through a series of photos about the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals.

The photographs would achieve an important goal: humanizing these goals that represent a global effort to address those things that prevent human flourishing—maternal mortality, extreme poverty, lack of clean water.

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The House passed this bill - thanks to you!

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R.2283, Advocacy, victory July 23, 2014

Guess what? We've got great news. Your voices were heard.

On July 23, the House of Representatives passed the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R.2283).

You supported it every step of the way, and we want to thank you for raising your voice, so we made you a video!

 Now, onward to the Senate!

 

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Make the Call!

by Andie Hines / Topic: H.R. 2283 July 22, 2014

H.R. 2283 The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act is going to the floor for a vote this week. Check out this blog post for more information.

http://do-walk-love.blogspot.com/2014/07/use-today.html

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