Holly's Top Ten Tips for Lobbying

Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

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.

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Get social—before the Advocacy Summit!

by Kate Case / Topic: Social media, Twitter, resources September 9, 2015
A selfie at the 2014 Advocacy Summit Using Twitter to contact your members of Congress is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to send a message to your representatives. 

Social media can play a big role in advocacy. You can spread a message, organize, and contact people who may be out of reach otherwise. Twitter is an especially important platform for advocates, because nearly every member of Congress has a Twitter account. We want to make sure our advocates are well-resourced, so we've created this little guide on how to set up your Twitter account and get in on the conversation.

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Have a great day on Capitol Hill! Three top tips from our senior director of advocacy.

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Advocacy Summit, Advocacy, #EndSlaveryAct September 6, 2015
Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

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.

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Grabbing AHOLD of Justice

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Recipe for Change, fair food, labor, Advocacy, modern day slavery August 7, 2015
Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program

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.

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UPDATED: Our take on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: July 9, 2015
The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

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)

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The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report is here—help spread the word!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: TIP Report; action; advocacy; media July 9, 2015
The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

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.

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Prayer Matters (And Advocacy Does, Too)

Ashlee Stafford

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.

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"Offsetting" Slavery

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: #EndSlaveryAct, Holly's News, End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 July 9, 2015
Holly Burkhalter, Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at IJM

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.

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Today is Juneteenth: keep up the fight to end modern-day slavery!

by Clara Campbell / Topic: EMSI, #Stand4Freedom, #EndSlaveryAct June 19, 2015
Juneteenth, #EndSlaveryAct, #Stand4Freedom

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.)

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What we know about development — and what we need to learn

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: #EndViolence, Sustainable Development Goals, The Locust Effect May 11, 2015
Help protect the poor from violence.

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. 

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