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:
Eileen Campbell is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Mobilization at IJM.
In my first job, I had the opportunity to work as an activist on global AIDS treatment access. I worked with a lot of AIDS doctors who were brave, inspiring and figuring out how to provide access to quality healthcare to those who would die without it. Few did this with the quiet humility of Dr. Eric Goosby.
By Tim Gehring, Policy Director at IJM
Before I moved to Washington, DC or worked for IJM, I remember sitting in the office of my economic professor telling him that although I didn’t know what exactly I hoped to do as a career, I knew I wanted to work on U.S. foreign assistance. For as long as I have been interested in foreign policy, I’ve wanted to learn more about what makes foreign aid effective and how the U.S. decides how to spend this money. Now that I work at IJM, the work that I get to do on U.S. foreign assistance is hands-down my favorite part of my job.
#EndSlaveryAct Tweet-In Day
Friday, May 5, 2017
Since January, IJM advocates across the country have been gathering signatures in their communities on a petition to urge President Trump and Congress to fully fund the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI).
On Friday, May 5, we will deliver nearly 40,000 of these petitions to Capitol Hill in person. We will amplify our voices by storming the digital halls of power on Twitter.