Humans of New York, the Locust Effect, and Our Global Fight to End Poverty

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: The Locust Effect, Millennium Development Goals August 13, 2014
Erica Boonstra

I’ve long been a fan of Brandon Stanton’s blog, Humans of New York*, for the thought-provoking profiles he captures that give us a glimpse into the characters that make up the U.S.A.’s most populous city. I was thrilled when Brandon announced his 50-day “World Tour” in partnership with the United Nations, aimed at raising awareness through a series of photos about the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals.

The photographs would achieve an important goal: humanizing these goals that represent a global effort to address those things that prevent human flourishing—maternal mortality, extreme poverty, lack of clean water.

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The House passed this bill - thanks to you!

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R.2283, Advocacy, victory July 23, 2014

Guess what? We've got great news. Your voices were heard.

On July 23, the House of Representatives passed the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R.2283).

You supported it every step of the way, and we want to thank you for raising your voice, so we made you a video!

 Now, onward to the Senate!


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Make the Call!

by Andie Hines / Topic: H.R. 2283 July 22, 2014

H.R. 2283 The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act is going to the floor for a vote this week. Check out this blog post for more information.

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NEW series: Meet the team! First up, Tim Gehring.

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Government Relations and Advocacy, Meet the team July 18, 2014
Tim Gehring

On the Government Relations & Advocacy (GRA) team at IJM, we are always interested in getting to know you and talking about how you can get involved in the fight to end slavery, but we realize that it might be nice for you to get to know our team, too! So, we’ll be doing a little blog series, featuring Q&A with each member of the GRA department. This will be your backstage pass to our legislative and advocacy programs, and an opportunity to learn more about the men and women who make up the team.

How it will work: Clara Campbell, GRA's Online Campaigns Manager, will interview each of the members of the team. There will be a mix of serious and fun questions, and ideally, after reading each post, you'll feel like you have a better idea who we are.

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Protecting victims of human trafficking - the TVPA and where the focus should really be

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking (TVPA) July 17, 2014

The U.S. Congress is poised to vote on repealing  a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) that had provided legal protection for unaccompanied minor children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The provision was by no means an amnesty for unaccompanied kids, many of whom were eventually returned home: it simply gave unaccompanied children the chance to appear before an immigration judge, instead of being summarily excluded at the border. The policy was an appropriate response to the very real possibility that kids crossing the border without parents could be trafficking victims, or vulnerable to trafficking. 

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Call Congress Today!

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R.2283 July 14, 2014
Call Congress

Great news: the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R.2283) is headed to the House floor for a vote within the next two weeks! Many of you have worked hard on getting this little bill to where it is today, and it's time to send it over the finish line of its journey through the House. Will you make a quick call to help see it through? 

Call your representative today and ask them to vote YES on H.R.2283 when it comes to the floor.

Here is all the information you need to make this quick, easy, but important phone call!

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No Summer Slowdown Here: Exciting Updates From Washington, DC!

by Tim Gehring, Policy and Research Manager / Topic: Capitol Hill; H.R.2283; CPCA July 7, 2014
Be A Force For Freedom

[Updated!] Summer has arrived in DC – a season when the heat and humidity punishes those of us wearing our dark suits. Movement, of any type seems unlikely. Idleness, inaction and inertia look likely to dominate.


Not so this summer – at least when it comes to IJM’s priorities on the Hill. This year IJM’s Advocacy Summit/Call-In Day focused on the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R. 2283/S.1249) and a Dear Colleague Letter to designate Ghana and the Philippines as focus countries for targeted US Government assistance to combat child sex and labor trafficking.


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Introducing a Great New Tool: Visit today!

/ Topic: modern day slavery; abolition July 1, 2014
End Slavery Now

End: A point that marks the limit of something: the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist.


To more and more people each day, it is becoming apparent that slavery has not yet come to an end. Although illegal, slavery is thriving throughout the world. Millions of people are continuously being oppressed – human beings treated as commodities, tradable and replaceable.


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Determined to make a difference: Rain or shine!

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Advocacy Summit, Advocates, Capitol Hill, H.R.2283, CPCA July 1, 2014
advocates on the hill

#Selfie might have been the word of the year in 2013, but #selfless should be a front-runner for 2014, at least in terms of IJM advocates. On June 9 – 10, I was incredibly inspired by the time I spent with the people who flew in for the IJM Advocacy Summit. Giving of their personal time and resources to come and speak up for some of the most vulnerable people in our world, almost 300 men and women gathered in Washington, DC, and headed to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff.

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It's one thing to know, but what will we do?

by Clara Campbell / Topic: modern day slavery; abolition June 23, 2014
William Wilberforce

Thomas Clarkson was a university student when he was given this essay topic: Is it lawful to enslave the un-consenting?

Writing the paper, he was exposed anew to what was actually happening around him. Even after he had turned it in, he continued to research slavery, and was astounded and appalled by what he found.

“A thought came into my mind,” he later wrote, “that if the contents of the essay were true, it was time some person should see these calamities to their end.”

Clarkson realized that “some person” could mean him. Instead of standing by and assuming that someone of greater means and ability would take up the cause, he rose to the challenge and did the most that anyone can do: what he could.

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