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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Nigerian Girls Need Our Noise

by Crystal Brunton / Topic: Human Trafficking May 19, 2014
The Lovely Project #BringBackOurGirls

On May 14, 2014, according to a Nigerian official, 300 girls were forcibly taken from their school in remote northeast Nigeria (pictured above is the mother of one of the missing girls.)

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This Act Could Be A Game-Changer

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: CPCA; Advocacy Summit May 19, 2014

IJM’s model of tackling the crime of slavery focuses on ending a culture of impunity. By rescuing slaves, prosecuting slaveholders and working to transform the public justice system, IJM changes a criminal’s calculation about what he or she can get away with. If you know you’ll be punished for enslaving someone, you’ll probably try to figure out another way to make money.

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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News; Advocacy Summit May 19, 2014
Holly Burkhalter

In just a few weeks, 300 anti-slavery activists from 45 states will visit hundreds of Congressional offices. On the same day, hundreds of advocates from all over the country will be calling their members of Congress (we hope you’ll be one of them!), joining together to tell our elected representatives that we care about slavery and we want them to do something about it.  


This year, we’ll be asking Members and Senators for their support on two anti-slavery priorities.


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Let's Say Thank You - Senator Enzi has given his support to the fight against human trafficking (S.1249)

by Clara Campbell / Topic: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act; S.1249 April 30, 2014

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) heard our voices and has co-sponsored S.1249! This little bill could do big things in the global fight against human trafficking, so please join us in saying a big thank you to Senator Enzi!


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Holly's News From Washington

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Holly's News; Human Trafficking Prioritization Act; Congress April 24, 2014
Holly Burkhalter

There’s something very interesting going on in the House of Representatives right now.


We learned last week that House Republican leadership is planning on voting on a half dozen anti-trafficking bills that have been introduced this year. All of them relate to trafficking issues within the U.S., including commercial sexual exploitation of children, identifying trafficking victims within the child welfare system, foreign labor recruitment, and Back Page’s advertisements for sexual services.


I’m thrilled that Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are planning on moving anti-trafficking legislation next month. But I’m astonished the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R. 2283) isn’t on the list!


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Our Unchallenging Challenge to You

by Clara Campbell / Topic: 100 postcard challenge; advocacy; advocacy summit April 23, 2014
Postcard delivery

We need your help with show and tell.

As any public speaker worth their salt will tell you, visual representation goes a long way in helping to drive your point home. IJM’s president and CEO Gary Haugen brought a 70 lb. bucket of rocks to last year’s Advocacy Summit—and not just for exercise. Whether you’re in front of an audience of thousands or just one, your point will have more impact if you can show and tell.

Imagine if we could show our leaders in Congress thousands of postcards signed by their constituents telling them we all want an end to modern-day slavery?

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Holly's News From Washington

/ Topic: Holly's News; Advocacy Summit March 21, 2014
Holly Burkhalter

When I first came to International Justice Mission seven years ago, IJM had tens of thousands of individual friends and hundreds of churches around the U.S. who provided funds and prayers for our work. But everywhere my colleagues went, those friends asked: “What else can I do to help IJM’s work overseas to free slaves and protect the vulnerable?” 

We were soon able to give them an answer. In 2007, we were incredibly blessed by a donor, Humanity United, with a grant to build an advocacy program to engage ordinary Americans in the fight to end modern-day slavery.

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Transforming justice in Guatemala won't be easy

by Brad Twedt, Field Office Director, IJM Guatemala / Topic: Guatemala; guest blog; March 18, 2014
Brad Twedt, IJM Director - Guatemala

You’ve seen some of the statistics from Guatemala: Nothing is done with 6% of the sexual assault complaints filed. Nothing. No action at all. And then there is that huge number: 60%. That’s how many of the complaints get hopelessly bogged down in the criminal investigations stages. For years and years. With little or no progress.

It comes as no surprise, then, that only 6% of sexual assault complaints reach a trial verdict. So much impunity! So little justice for children who suffer child sexual assault!

This isn’t going to be easy. But we have a good plan.

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Superheroes, at home and abroad: My trip to Guatemala

by Sara Pomeroy / Topic: Guatemala; guest blog February 18, 2014

When I received an invitation to go to Guatemala City with IJM, feelings of elation and inadequacy came over me all at the same time. Elation because I considered it a privilege to have been invited, but also feelings of inadequacy as I was not sure how I could add value by going on this trip. Nevertheless, I packed my bags.


A Day of Joy

After arriving in Guatemala City, our first outing was to take part in a “Day of Joy” with some of IJM’s clients and their families. Days of Joy are times when IJM’s Guatemalan clients, most of whom are children who have suffered sexual abuse, are given a chance to experience joy in the midst of recovery.

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