On November 27, 2012, IJM President Gary Haugen was honored for his leadership in the fight against slavery by the U.S. State Department at a private reception that also served as the U.S. premiere of the new anti-slavery film Journey to Freedom.
The reception held in Haugen's honor brought together leaders from the U.S. State Department, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Read more here on IJM.org or watch the Journey to Freedom video below:
International declarations and protocols have long outlawed slavery and united governments in the fight against human trafficking. But there are still an estimated 27 million men, women and children in slavery around the globe. Ending slavery is a critical emergency for each victim, but it’s also urgent to protect U.S. national security.
The United States has a zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking, yet more than 250,000 people have been trafficked to work on U.S. government contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years. It is estimated that unscrupulous, unregulated labor recruiters have profited $625 million from illegal recruiting to support work for the Department of Defense in Iraq alone.Read More
On November 7, members of my team at IJM straggled in throughout the day after going to the polls in DC, Maryland and Virginia to vote. They were frozen – it was in the mid-thirties – but no matter which party and candidate they voted for, my colleagues were proud to stand in line for hours and cast their ballots. It is a great and good thing to live in a democracy, and voting reminds us of that. As President Obama noted in his speech last night, the very intensity of arguments between candidates with very different visions of how our country should be governed is a tribute to the freedom of speech and opinion that we Americans are blessed to have.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 anti-slavery advocacy and how they became advocates for justice.
Daniel DeCecco - IJM Justice Campaigns State Leader - Wyoming
“As Wyoming is the only state to not have passed an anti-trafficking law, it has been part of my agenda to get a bill put forward…And so far, I’ve seen many legislators stand very supportive of a bill—and even to see bipartisan support among legislators from different backgrounds has been really encouraging to me. I believe that our government is formed to fight against things like this.”Read More
A big thank you to The Lovely Project for featuring an article by Florida State Leader, Crystal Brunton.
Click on the link below to read, "So, You Wanna Change the World?"
(Side photo credit: Opelika-Auburn News)
Auburn University's Stand4Freedom campaign generated not only buzz and attention - but gathered advocacy postcards signed by students to urge their legislators to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
View the full story below at WTVM:Read More
February 1st, 2012
LINCOLN, NE – Today, State Senator Amanda McGill introduced two bills to strengthen state laws and programing pertaining to human trafficking. The Judiciary Committee studied the problem of human trafficking, including forced prostitution, during an interim study in December.
“Since last spring, I’ve been meeting with a variety of scholars, law enforcement officials and concerned citizens who want to put an end to this modern form of slavery,” said Sen. McGill. “We’ve put together a comprehensive package of laws that addresses multiple aspects of the problem from law enforcement training to harsher penalties for pimps.”Read More
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MAINE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TRACKED BY SUPPORT OF ANTI-SLAVERY LEGISLATION
FreedomCommons.org provides first-ever ratings of members of congress and anti-slavery support; equips Maine residents to connect and take action in their communitiesRead 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