In 2007, I picked up an IJM brochure at a California church I was visiting. I came home to Idaho, ordered both of IJM President Gary Haugen's books and read them within weeks. The reality of modern-day slavery and human trafficking overwhelmed me - the darkness of the issue paralyzed me.
There was a question that had haunted me for years: Why was there still so much poverty, pain and suffering throughout the world when so much had been done to alleviate these very issues? I had been on mission trips and given to many relief organizations, yet for all of the lives I had seen changed, the problems still remained.Read More
April 16, 2012 might be my all-time favorite day this year. My colleagues Annick and Tim and I met at Dunkin Donuts on Capitol Hill at 7:00 am and picked up several dozen donuts and some boxes of coffee, packed them in Tims Jeep and drove to a nearby church where we set up tables and spread out breakfast. Within an hour, 2 giant buses arrived from across town carrying over 160 IJM volunteer advocates, who had been in D.C. for an intensive day of advocacy training and were now joining us for our 4th annual Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.Read More
We are thrilled to tell you that just moments ago, the 72,000th person signed IJM's letter to President Obama, urging him to make our country a leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery. 72,000 is a big number - and it's already having a big impact.
Check out IJM Vice President of Government Relations Holly Burkhalter's video update to learn more about the exciting movement on this issue that we are witnessing in D.C.Read More
For nearly a year and a half, advocates like you have been working hard to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Thanks to your efforts, the bill has 40 Senate cosponsors from all across the political spectrumwe are so grateful for your tireless work to pass this bill that will help end trafficking at home and around the world!
Weve come so far, but were not stopping here. IJM is teaming up with World Vision, Polaris Project and Safe Horizon to gain even more suport for the TVPRA and to ensure that it passes quickly. Our goal is to get 10 more senators to cosponsor this bill by April 30.Read More
I recently had the wonderful experience of sitting in my IJM office with a roomful of colleagues watching a telecast of an unprecedented cabinet-level meeting on modern day slavery. The Presidents Interagency Task Force on Trafficking met at the White House on March 15 to talk about the Obama Administrations record on addressing slavery and trafficking at home and abroad and to propose new initiatives for the future.Read More
On Thursday, April 5, West Virginia became the 49th state to pass a criminal law against human trafficking (read the press release from our friends at Polaris Project).
The bill, which was signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin last Thursday, criminalizes both labor and sex trafficking and authorizes the training for law enforcement officers to help them identify and investigate trafficking cases. Read More
Late last month, the Cambodian government ordered the arrest of a convicted pedophile, Russian national Alexander Trofimov. When he is found and arrested, he will be expelled from Cambodia (read more in this local news article). We celebrated this order because it means justice will be secured for victims who deserve it, and we celebrated because this order came about after much advocacy.Read More
Spring is coming here in Washington, DC, and it is a sight to behold. The cherry blossoms are about to bloom, my choir at St. Peters Church is working overtime on music for Lent and Easter services, and my high-school-age daughters are getting ready for their long spring break.
It also means IJMs Global Prayer GatheringApril 13-15is just around the corner. Our Field Office Directors from around the world will join us here in DC to update everyone on ways to pray for our work in the field. The Global Prayer Gathering (GPG) has grown every year, and this year, weve reached capacity at nearly 1,000 people who will join us for three days of prayer for the work of rescue of children, men and women.Read More
Assembling on short notice the word spreading rapidly via Twitter and Facebook thousands filled the sanctuary at Passion City Church in Atlanta. A handful of seats even held more than one guest. At 7:30 pm on a Monday evening, it was the launch of 72 Days for Freedom Passions new campaign to raise awareness and make a difference in the fight to end global human trafficking.To say that the anticipation and energy were high would fail to fully capture the moment.Read More
Right now, many of our elected policymakers are setting their priorities as they campaign for elections in November - and you have a major opportunity to impact those priorities.
That is why I hope you will join us for IJM's 4th annual Advocacy Workshop and Lobby Day on April 15-16, 2012, in Washington, D.C. You'll get equipped to mobilize your home state to fight trafficking in your own community and worldwide, and you will learn about IJM's plans to strengthen U.S. government laws.
If you can join us for Lobby Day on Monday, you'll have the opportunity to meet with your elected members of Congress to tell them you care about eradicating modern-day slavery.Read More