The IJM Government Relations & Advocacy team seeks to mobilize people around the country in support of U.S. policies that combat modern-day slavery and promote the development of public justice systems abroad to protect the poor from violent oppression. Read about our campaigns - and how you can get involved - below!
The U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) functions as the nerve center of the U.S. Government’s anti-trafficking and anti-slavery activities around the world and is one of the smallest but most effective of all U.S. foreign assistance programs. The J/TIP Office administers grants to fight trafficking internationally and releases the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts to fight trafficking. The work of this small office is impressive, but its effectiveness is hampered by the fact that it does not have the diplomatic authority of a State Department Bureau. The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R. 2283, and its companion bill in the Senate, S. 1249, will simply upgrade J/TIP to a stature equal to that of the State Department regional bureaus with which it regularly negotiates on behalf of trafficking victims and slaves.
|You made 2014 a social summer! As members of Congress headed home to their states and districts for the Congressional Recess, you used Twitter to reach out to them and make a connection! We'll provided you with all of the resources you needed to get going, and invited you to take part in this opportunity to begin a conversation - and the beginning of a relationship - with your members of Congress. This was a great chance to harness the power of social media and have a say about the issues you care about most, like ending modern-day slavery. Thanks again for joining us in #RecessReachOut, and for using Twitter to tell your members of Congress that your state/district supports the fight for freedom! Check out the #RecessReachOut page (via the link above) to see some of the social conversations that you began this summer!|
The Child Protection Compact Act – In 2013, Congress passed something called the Child Protection Compact Act, which gave the government the authority to invest money in slavery eradication in countries that demonstrated the desire to end slavery but lack the resources to do so. Earlier this year, the government set aside $5 million to make sure this happens. Now, the government needs to pick which countries should receive that money and set up those agreements. We believe two countries that are ready for this investment are the Philippines and Ghana.
The Millennium Development Goals – This is a campaign targeting the United Nations, not the U.S. government. In 2000, the UN established the Millennium Development Goals – 8 anti-poverty targets to achieve by 2015. In 2015, the UN will create new goals, which, for the first time, could include justice and security measures targeting everyday violence against the poor. IJM joins global development groups, civil society organizations and women’s organizations in encouraging the UN to pursue initiatives that ensure the safety of those in poverty.
IJM's 100 Postcard Challenge is an easy way for you to get involved in the fight for freedom on behalf of children, women and men enslaved around the world. If you get 100 people to sign IJM's Abolition Postcards, you will: 1) show your Members of Congress that people in your state care about abolishing modern-day slavery, and 2) grow the anti-slavery movement in your state by adding more voices to the cry for justice.
It is possible to end slavery. This summer, we challenge YOU to make your move to end slavery. This August, your elected representatives will be returning home to hear what matters in your state. We need you to share with them these inspiring stories of transformation – letting them know IT IS POSSIBLE to make a difference and end slavery. We must! Together, we can persuade influencers and leaders that this issue is important and deserves their attention. When they listen, change – on a big scale – can take place.
Slavery is not just happening overseas. While IJM has developed expertise through our casework to rescue families from forced labor slavery in South Asia, the U.S. Government and domestic human rights organizations have developed strategies to combat slavery and other serious labor abuses here at home. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in Florida's tomato fields. Thanks to a unique partnership between farmworkers and tomato growers in the Sunshine State, today there is a way to guarantee that all of Florida's tomatoes are free from slavery and other abuses.