Moment at the Mic on a Special Day: Guest Blog

by Ruth Caporello / Topic: July 26, 2013
Ruth and Dan

Just three short months ago, I experienced one of the happiest days of my life when I married my best friend and husband! It was a beautiful day, filled with laughter, tears of joy and gratefulness for the incredible support and love that our family and friends showered on us. I will never forget the advice that a close family friend gave us, “When times get tough in years to come, never forget that you have found what the entire world is looking for.”

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The Last Page: Ambassador CdeBaca Testifies on the Hill

by Clara Campbell / Topic: July 26, 2013

Survivors…are proof that when people come out from behind those closed doors they are powerful and capable. That when there are governments who recognize them, NGOs who support them, and change in the societies that tolerate these abuses, survivors’ voices can be heard not just in courtrooms and police stations, but in the halls of Congress and parliaments.

The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

This month, we got to watch Ambassador Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

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Setbacks and Strategies for California's Safe Harbor Bill

by Kate Case / Topic: July 12, 2013

On June 24, more than 40 advocates from all over the California gathered in Sacramento to participate in our second annual California lobby day. We advocated for the California Safe Harbor Bill (SB 738) —written to protect children who have been trafficked, instead of treating them as criminals.

These 40 advocates brought more than 2,500 postcards, written by you and hand-delivered to your state representatives. It was a thrilling day, and we were excited by the positive feedback from Assembly members throughout California after the bill had passed unanimously through the Senate side.

Setbacks and New Opportunities

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IJM Florida State Leader, Crystal Brunton meets with the Fl. Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill.

/ Topic: IJM Lobby Day 2013 June 28, 2013
IJM Justice Advocate, Crystal Brunton on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, June 11th IJM Florida State Leader, Crystal Brunton, met with her representatives on Capitol Hill to introduce H.R.2283, the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. The meetings were a success and we would love for all of our Florida constituents to have an opportunity for their voices to be heard as well. Join in the "Your Move" Campaign and tell your reps what matters most to you. Click the below link to sign up and IJM will arrange a meeting time for you with your local representative and give you all of the tools necessary for a successful, productive meeting. For more info: http://www.ijm.org/yourmove

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IJM's Florida Advocacy Group Lobby on Capitol Hill

by C. Brunton / Topic: IJM Lobby Day 2013 June 28, 2013
IJM Fl Advocacy Group delivers postcards

On Tuesday, June 11th members of IJM's Florida Advocacy Group delivered hundreds of postcards signed by IJM supporters from all over the state of Florida. The group handed them over to the offices of Senator Rubio and Senator Nelson as they introduced and advocated for the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. The meetings were a success and now IJM is giving Florida constituents the chance to get involved with the new summer campaign "Your Move." Meetings will be set up by IJM staff for individuals with their local elected reps. For more information on how you can get involved go to: http://www.ijm.org/yourmove

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My First Advocacy Summit

by Clara Campbell / Topic: June 21, 2013

The first day of the Advocacy Summit was my first day on IJM’s Government Relations team. My name is Clara Campbell, and I’ll be managing our online campaigns. I look forward to connecting with many of you in this digital space as we work together and speak on behalf of those trapped in slavery.

I think the word to describe this year’s Advocacy Summit would be “exhilarating.” It was incredible to see 250 of you (the largest group yet!) from all over the country gathered in Washington, DC, for two intense days of training and lobbying. We were certainly a diverse crowd—made up of people from different backgrounds, personalities and places—but we were strongly united around our common conviction: slavery is wrong, and our government should lead the fight to end it.

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Holly's News From Washington - The TIP Report is Released!

by Holly Burkhalter, Vice President of Government Relations & Advocacy / Topic: News from Washington, Justice Campaigns, TIP Office June 20, 2013

On Wednesday, the State Department released its annual “Trafficking in Persons” Report, which includes tier rankings of 188 countries based on their efforts (or lack of effort) to meet minimum anti-trafficking standards. I am happy to share that the 2013 TIP Report represents a major victory in the U.S. commitment to leadership on the issue of modern-day slavery.

Here’s why:

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The 2013 TIP Report is Released - Take Action Today!

/ Topic: June 20, 2013

On June 19, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), a diplomatic tool used to fight human trafficking around the world. You can check out IJM’s analysis and press release on the 2013 Report here.  Please consider submitting a Letter to the Editor of your local paper to increase coverage of the U.S. fight against modern-day slavery through this critical report.

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It's Possible to End Slavery: Successful Models Exist

by Annick Febrey / Topic: June 7, 2013

In IJM’s letter to President Obama this year—which more than 50,000 of you signed—we asked him to adopt an innovative approach to fighting slavery and human trafficking: Focus on countries where the U.S. can test robust anti-slavery initiatives, measure their success, and then duplicate these models to fight slavery all around the world.

Working with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a national coalition of anti- trafficking groups, we have proposed nine potential focus countries: 

·         In Africa: Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Uganda

·         In Asia: Philippines and Vietnam

·         In Europe: Armenia

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The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act: Why this Little Bill is a Big Deal

by Holly J. Burkhalter, IJM VP of Government Relations / Topic: June 7, 2013

I am thrilled about new legislation that’s going to be introduced this week in the House and the Senate. I know, not everybody’s pulse races at the idea of new legislation. And this legislation in particular may seem a little wonky: It is a bill to upgrade the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) to a full-fledged State Department Bureau. But let me explain why this simple little inside-the-Beltway measure could make a big difference for children, women and men in slavery.

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