Looking back at Recipe for Change, and ahead to what's in store

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Recipe for Change; fair food; labor February 18, 2014
recipe for change

We’re reaching the two-year mark of Recipe for Change, IJM’s big campaign to help end slavery in the American tomato industry.  Since 2012, we’ve been supporting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as they raise awareness of the abuse farmworkers have faced in Florida.

Together, we’ve been trying to rally American food suppliers to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), which would protect farmworkers’ rights and guarantee store-bought tomatoes are slavery-free.

Here’s a look back at some highlights from Recipe for Change from the road so far:

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News; The Locust Effect February 18, 2014
Holly Burkhalter

This month was the official launch of our boss Gary Haugen’s new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. It is an extraordinary story about how common crime—“everyday violence,” we call it—undermines the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people in the world. IJM knows this world very well, because these are the children, women and men who are our clients in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

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Mountains of Ice to Melt

by Andie Hines / Topic: Apathy regarding social justice February 16, 2014

My latest blog post with thoughts on apathy and social justice and some starting steps on how to combat apathy.

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These Senators Did Something Awesome - Join us in saying THANK YOU

/ Topic: Guatemala February 14, 2014

These Senators heard YOUR voices and signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to help keep children safe and make justice more accessible and functional for everyone in Guatemala. Thank you for telling them how important this is to you!

Please take a moment today to thank your members of Congress for their leadership in the fight for justice!

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Join Tennessee Titans QB in asking Senator Corker for his support!

In this Letter to the Editor, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker asks Senator Bob Corker for his support on a little bill that could do a lot in the fight against human trafficking. 

If you're from Tennessee, join IJM and Jake in asking your elected representatives for their support on the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act! Just click on the button below to Tweet the following message to Senator Corker.

Hi Senator Corker! As a fellow Tennessean, I would like to ask for your support on S. 1249 and the fight against #humantrafficking. Thanks!

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Time to Celebrate! 2 Important Victories in the Fight to End Modern-Day Slavery

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: modern day slavery; victory; Congress; advocacy January 24, 2014
Many people celebrated last Thursday when Congress reached a bipartisan budget agreement. Avoiding another government shutdown is surely reason to be thankful, but at IJM, we donned our party hats for another reason, too. You see, within the multi-trillion dollar U.S. federal budget, there is a tiny line item that we care about a lot: the budget for the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office). Their budget represents just .0007% of the total federal budget, but they orchestrate all U.S. government efforts to combat slavery worldwide. Last week, Congress voted to substantially increase the TIP Office’s budget. Read More

"Minnetonka, Like the Moccassins": Meet Lauren Walker

by Lauren Walker / Topic: IJM staff; organizing; advocacy January 23, 2014
Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker recently joined IJM’s Government Relations & Advocacy team as our Organizing & Advocacy Fellow for the Midwest. Welcome Lauren!

As the newest member of the team, I’d like to share a little about myself and my path toward working at IJM. I am originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota, and I am excited to connect my home region with this team’s advocacy work that I have come to love. (And if you were wondering, yes, “Minnetonka” like the moccasins.)


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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: News from Washington; Guatemala January 23, 2014
Holly Burkhalter


When I got my start in the international human rights movement in the late 1970s, Guatemala was the country I cared the most about. For the first 20 years of my career, I worked to try to deny U.S. military and police aid to the Guatemalan Government. The reason was clear: in those days the Guatemalan army and police were vicious death squads, responsible for hundreds of thousands of murders. The victims included university students, democratic political figures, human rights activists, and, overwhelmingly, Mayan children, men and women. 

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A simple way to fight human trafficking

Check out this blog post by Elaine Kim from LOVE146 on how you can take action and support S1823 to fight against human trafficking. http://www.love146.org/blog/one-simple-way-you-can-you-fight-human-traff...

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Ending Slavery: We have the will and there IS a way

by Clara Campbell / Topic: modern day slavery; gary haugen January 10, 2014
What does 2014 hold for the fight against modern-day slavery?

IJM’s Gary Haugen joined The New York Times columnist Nick Kristof and other leaders of anti-trafficking organizations (GEMS, Not For Sale, UNICEF) on a Google Hangout to discuss approaches to combating modern-day slavery.

Recent reports tell us that there are 29.8 million people around the world living in slavery today. Whether in the form of bonded labor or sex trafficking, the number of human beings who are being oppressed is immense.  Human trafficking happens in nearly every country around the world, including the United States.

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