Get ready for IJM’s Advocacy Summit!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Advocacy Summit June 6, 2013

The whole IJM Advocacy team is so excited to welcome nearly 250 advocates from 40 states to Washington, D.C. on June 10-11!

You can download some of the materials you’ll be receiving at the Summit here if you’d like to review them ahead of time. If you have questions, don’t worry--we’ll prepare you well before you head to your lobby meetings.

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Get Involved in Our Campaign to Pass Safe Harbor!

by Kate Case, Organizing & Advocacy Fellow - West Coast / Topic: California, Justice Campaigns, Safe Harbor May 28, 2013

Join IJM and advocates throughout California for exciting advocacy opportunities located here in our state! This year, we are working to pass “Safe Harbor” legislation in the state of California, which will protect child trafficking victims from being treated as criminals and ensure survivors receive the help they need. This bill (SB 738) has been introduced in the California state legislature and has already passed through the Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees! Click here to learn more about SB 738.

 

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IJM Advocates Boost Unprecedented Effort to Strengthen Texas Anti-Trafficking Laws

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: May 28, 2013
Governor Perry signs major bill into law over Memorial Day weekend

Throughout 2013, International Justice Mission has been joining forces with Texas advocates and anti-trafficking organizations to pass strong laws that will bolster Texas' response to the crime of trafficking and to its victims. Advocates from churches, college campuses and the State Capitol itself showed an unprecedented amount of support for these substantive and comprehensive anti-trafficking laws. The Texas legislature meets for only five months every other year, so it was all hands on deck for this important opportunity! In the end, thanks to your efforts, four anti-trafficking measures passed overwhelmingly out of the legislature.

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Confronting Human Trafficking in Central Florida

/ Topic: Human Trafficking May 21, 2013

Written by: Tom Gillan in Freedom Blog (Human Trafficking) on September 18, 2012
Did you know that Florida has the third highest number of Human Trafficking cases in the United States? With almost 40,000 homeless or runaway youth on Florida’s streets at any given time, the Central Florida area draws predators from around the world. When it comes to human trafficking, the numbers are too big to fully comprehend. When you look at them—2 to 4 million persons trafficked annually around the world, 20,000 persons trafficked in the State of Florida each year, 2.8 million homeless children walking the streets of America, 39,000 children reported missing in Florida last year—you begin to lose sight that each and every number is a human being.
Predators on Every Corner

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We Delivered your Letters—Thank you!

by Holly J. Burkhalter, IJM VP of Government Relations / Topic: May 17, 2013

 

More than 50,000 of you joined us in urging the President to make freedom real for millions living in slavery around the world. This week, Annick Febrey and I had the privilege of delivering your letters—an 18-inch-thick pile!

On Monday, we walked up the dozens of steps that take you to the historic and beautiful Old Executive Office Building.  Once you get through the multiple security checkpoints, the President’s staff that work there are very accessible.  We had the opportunity to meet with two staff from the National Security Council, including Stephen Pomper, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, and his deputy, Jonathan Lee. 

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Your Voice Matters: Meet Stephanie

/ Topic: Your Voice Matters May 2, 2013

“The first time I really felt like an advocate was at the end of the first Lobby Day that I participated in. We had done a whole day of meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff, and it was the first time I realized that my voice can actually count.”
 

Hear Stephanie's story and make your voice count by signing up for this year's Lobby Day!

 

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Exciting News from DC on Our Letter to the President!

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns, News from Washington, Breaking News April 19, 2013

The anti-slavery cause got a huge boost last week when a prestigious advisory group to President Obama released comprehensive recommendations on ending trafficking at home and abroad.  The report was produced by the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  The Council is a group of faith leaders who are appointed for one year to advise the president on public policies of particular concern to people of faith. 

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Register Today! IJM Advocacy Summit: June 10-11

/ Topic: Advocacy Summit April 18, 2013

Join us on June 10-11 in Washington, D.C. for the IJM Advocacy Summit: Raise Your Voice to End Slavery!

REGISTER TODAY!

Get equipped to lead the fight against modern-day slavery!

Hear why your voice matters from IJM President Gary Haugen Share new ways to stand against slavery with advocates from across the country Meet your elected officials and let them know: It's possible to end slavery. It's time to proclaim emancipation for all!

Be part of the movement. Join us June 10-11.

Email us at [email protected] for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

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IJM Delivers 11,000 letters asking Kroger executives: Will you join the Fair Food Program?

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Recipe for Change, Justice Campaigns March 25, 2013

In our Recipe for Change campaign last summer, we learned that most U.S. supermarkets have yet to take the necessary steps to ensure that their tomatoes are not picked by exploited, even enslaved, workers. The problem is real: The Department of Justice has successfully prosecuted 7 cases of slavery in the American Southeast in the past 15 years, freeing over 1200 workers.  Most of these cases were out of Florida.  Most involved tomatoes.  

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Your Voice Matters: Meet Travis

/ Topic: Your Voice Matters, Justice Campaigns March 25, 2013

“I am a cancer survivor, and having gone through cancer treatments it gives you the idea that life can be short and you’re not guaranteed a tomorrow. And for me that also increased my passion to be advocating on behalf of those who aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow either.”

Travis is a volunteer who helps lead IJM's advocacy work in West Virginia. Hear more of his story below.

 

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