What’s in an overfilled tomato bucket? 45 cents.

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 15, 2012

Look again at this photo. There’s something wrong. Tomato farms that join the Fair Food Program don’t have buckets that look like this one. But it’s not the bucket; it’s what inside!

The photo shows pickers hauling buckets that are “overfilled” by the new standards established by the Fair Food Program (FFP).  In fields where tomatoes are grown under a Fair Food Agreement, buckets can only be filled to the rim, ensuring that workers are not underpaid and overworked.

According to the independent Fair Food Standards Council, the “age-old practice of forced overfilling of picking buckets [was Read More

Holly's News From Washington - July 2012

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns July 9, 2012

Last month was a big month in the fight against trafficking. On the same day the U.S. State Department issued the annual Trafficking Persons (TIP) Report, Gary Haugen, founder and president of International Justice Mission received the abolition movement’s highest honor. Read More

Featured Recipe: Food Columnist Mark Bittman

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe July 8, 2012

Each week, the Recipe for Change campaign will feature a tomato recipe from a leader in the movement to end slavery, both here in the United States and around the world. You can sign up to get these recipes, along with information and stories on slavery in Florida's tomato fields and ways you can take action this summer. You'll receive one email per week between July 4th and Labor Day. 

This week, we're excited to feature a tomato recipe from food writer Mark Bittman! 

Mark Bittman (www.markbittman.com) is the food columnist for the New York Times magazine. In 2009, Mr. Bittman, who has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades, published Food Matters, which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment. Read More

Slavery in America: Get the Facts

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 1, 2012

Just over a week ago, we launched our summer campaign, Recipe for Change, here at IJM. Since then, a number of you expressed your surprise that slavery exists right in our own country, in an industry that touches your own lives. We were surprised to learn that too at first, so we wanted to give you more information about the problem, what's being done about it, and how you can help! Read More

Take Action on the TVPRA Today!

by Annick Febrey / Topic: Justice Campaigns June 28, 2012

Today marks the one year anniversary since the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), S.1301, was introduced in the U.S. Senate.  The TVPRA is the comprehensive legislation that enables us to fight human trafficking both at home and abroad.  The reauthorization is necessary to keep the law current and make sure we keep pace with an ever evolving crime. 

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Announcing our new campaign: Recipe for Change!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change June 20, 2012

In South Asia, IJM staff partner with local officials to investigate slavery, free victims, and prosecute traffickers. But slavery doesn’t just happen overseas; it exists in many forms right here in our backyard, and even makes its way to our dinner tables. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in Florida’s tomato fields, where 90% of American off-season, fresh tomatoes are grown. 

This summer, we have a Recipe for Change.

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Featured Recipe: Gary and Jan Haugen

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe June 20, 2012

Gary Haugen serves as president and CEO of IJM, where he leads IJM's global casework and groundbreaking structural transformation of public justice systems worldwide (Gary was recently named a 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero by the State Department). He and his wife Jan love to cook, and this tomato sauce is the Haugen family-favorite! Read More

Slavery in My Own Backyard

by Wendy Cox / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change June 20, 2012

I first heard the term “modern-day slavery” while sitting in my church pew one Sunday morning.  We had invited a representative of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to talk briefly about working conditions in Florida’s tomato fields.  I left the service that day wondering if things in Florida could really be that bad.  Slavery?  This sounded exaggerated.  It was 2011 – slavery has long been abolished in our country. Two months ago our church offered a site visit to Immokalee, Florida, where we could meet and talk with members of the coalition. 

I went.  This is real.  Modern-day slavery exists within 90 minutes of my home.

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The TIP Report is Released - Take Action Today!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns June 18, 2012

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), a diplomatic tool used to fight human trafficking around the world. Tomorrow, we’ll give an update on the release of the TIP Report, but today we wanted to give you an opportunity to take action!

A Letter to the Editor is typically written in response to an event recently covered in the newspaper.  Many papers will cover the launch of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report, and this is a great opportunity to respond.  Policy-makers pay attention to Letters to the Editor—one of the most read sections of the paper—so they are an important advocacy tool. 

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Holly's News From Washington - June 2012

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns June 12, 2012

Every time I pick up the newspaper, I read an article about how the U.S. Congress is deadlocked, partisan, broken. That may be the case on some issues, but I know of one issue where members of Congress across the political spectrum are working together to do something good.  Our leaders are collaborating with integrity and good will to eradicate trafficking in U.S. labor contracts that recruit men and women to work on large U.S. military bases, such as those in Afghanistan.  Read More