Advocacy News + Updates
This spring, advocates across the nation rallied together to speak up for the 40 million people trapped in slavery (Global Slavery Index, 2018). As a movement, thousands of you leveraged the power of digital tools to raise your voices to your members of Congress through tweets, emails and online petitions. Together, we urged Congress to ensure that the State Department’s Program to End Modern Slavery and the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office are fully funded in the 2020 appropriations bill. Here is a breakdown of the momentum you’ve built:
Im sitting here at my desk with a 650-page, 15-pound letter to President Obama on my lap. It wasnt that I had a lot to say the text is only one page long. No, the reason this letter is so huge is because it is signed by 20,300 friends of IJM in 50 states. There are 3,060 Californians, 557 Georgians, 800-plus from Pennsylvania, and over 1,000 from nearby Virginia. These are folks who took the time to respond to an appeal from IJM, and they sent it on to family and friends and neighbors. They tweeted, posted to Facebook, phoned, wrote and e-mailed.