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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!
Emily Yount is the leader of the IJM student chapter at Vanderbilt University. Her group and their neighboring chapters at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities were instrumental in orchestrating the first ever “IJM Day,” that took place on October 1, 2013, in Nashville, TN. They also collected over 700 signed postcards, addressed to Senator Corker, asking him to support the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. Emily is majoring in social work and will graduate in 2014.
Sara Pomeroy is the founder of Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI), an organization of volunteer modern-day abolitionists who use their gifts and talents in the fight against human trafficking. On September 5, 2013, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced great strides in taking on the problem of human trafficking. Sara and her group celebrated this progress but also emphasized the need for continued action. She agreed to share with us about her experiences as an advocate and how her faith has motivated her in her work.Read More
As part of the launch of The Freedom Commons, Justice Campaigns will be featuring a state advocate leader monthly. We have asked them to share their stories about what makes them passionate about the anti-slavery work and how they became an advocate for justice.
Sara Meadows Tolleson - IJM Justice Campaigns State Leader - Louisiana
“It is an absolutely sacred act that we do when we advocate for people who we will never meet but who have been completely stripped of their dignity, their humanity and clearly their freedom.”Read More