Texas, we need your help: make a phone call for freedom today!

Make a call for freedom and ask your senator to let the EMSI come to a vote.

The fight to end slavery needs your help: will you make one phone call for freedom today?

Senator Cruz is preventing the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) from coming to a vote. The EMSI is a game-changer. This bill will bring freedom to millions of people living in slavery today—but ONLY if it passes.

THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:Please ask Senator Cruz to allow the EMSI to come to a vote.DIAL:

1 (866) 720-FREE (3733).

Ask to be connected to Senator Cruz's office.

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Join IJM and #enditmovement: share to help end slavery and support the #EndSlaveryAct!

Today is End It Movement's Shine A Light on Slavery Day. Earlier this week, IJM joined Senator Corker and Entd

Today, IJM joins the country in one of the largest awareness generating events to end slavery: the End It Movement's Shine a Light on Slavery Day. The End It Movement is a coalition of the leading organizations in the fight for freedom.

This year, advocates around the country are taking part in the End It Movement by asking their members of Congress to pass the End Modern Slavery Initiative. This bill will unite leaders across the globe to enact proven anti-slavery models on a worldwide scale—bringing freedom to millions of families who are currently living in slavery.

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, #EndSlaveryAct, EMSI, Holly's News January 28, 2016
Updates for Justice Advocates from Washington on politics, policy, and human rights. By Holly Burkhalter of International Justice Mission (IJM).

We’re still digging out from Washington’s fourth largest blizzard in history, “Snowzilla.” It’s mandatory to disparage our nation’s Capitol when it snows—especially if you migrated here from the Midwest. Well, I’m from the Midwest—I grew up in Ohio and Iowa—and I love my adopted, southern city. Precisely because it is a southern city, it’s not economical to lay in the plows and trucks that Chicago and Cleveland depend on. So when we get a really big storm, it means our Metro mass transit system closes, the federal government closes, and our cars are buried for days. My neighborhood, Capitol Hill, had a party atmosphere, with nothing but kids and their sleds and neighborhood dogs on the roads. Folks helped each other shovel their sidewalks.

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This news has us—literally—jumping for joy this Christmas!

Congress has passed a budget bill that includes funding for the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act!

Hello from Washington, DC!

One of the great holiday traditions in our nation’s capital is Congress waiting until a final deadline to pass an appropriations bill that will fund the U.S. Government for the next fiscal year. Usually, this is within the last day or two before DC becomes a ghost town for the holidays. This year, the tradition continued. Earlier today, as the sand ran out, Congress voted to approve a budget for 2016.

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Things to be thankful for:

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, EMSI, #EndSlaveryAct, Advocacy November 23, 2015
Thanksgiving thankful list by IJM's Holly Burkhalter

The last couple of Thanksgivings, my husband and our two daughters, Josie and Grace (who are now 18 and 20) have started a new tradition for our big dinner. We threw over turkey, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes and instead had a “Favorite Things” dinner. Everybody in the family, including the dogs, gets to have their favorite thing on the menu. Last year, we had macaroni and cheese, crab Norfolk, homemade whoopee pies, and—my favorite—Pacific Lime Mold, an appalling lime-pineapple-cottage cheese concoction from the 1950’s that my Mom used to make and only I eat today.

I’ve been thinking of favorite things a lot these days. We have so much to be grateful for in the past year.

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Advocating #OnBehalfOf Change: how a Millennial learned to make a change the old-fashioned way

by Meredith Schellin / Topic: Advocacy Summit, #EndSlaveryAct, End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, Advocacy October 27, 2015
Meredith Schellin shares about IJM's Advocacy Summit

As a millennial, I think I can change the world. My generation knows how to grab attention through Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. We’re used to viral videos, ice-bucket campaigns and instant “likes” to move people to action. And don’t get me wrong, I believe social media really does have the capacity to make an impact. Recently, however, during IJM’s Advocacy Summit, I learned how to affect change the old-fashioned way: through face-to-face conversations. I also learned that sometimes, change is a long, hard road.

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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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Three Things To Know About the #EndSlaveryAct

The 2015 IJM Advocacy Summit A note from our Research and Policy Manager, Tim Gehring:

We are less than two weeks away until IJM's Advocacy Summit, and we know this is a busy time for everyone. As summer winds down and the school year ramps up, hundreds of advocates from across the country are preparing to come to Washington, DC, to meet with their representatives and senators. There are bags to pack, flights to catch, drives to make and various other details to pull together. Why all the bother, even amidst the hustle and bustle of the fall?

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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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