Do you know about International Justice Mission?
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor.
I first learned about them at my husband’s graduation for Chuck Colson’s Centurions Program, where International Justice Mission President and CEO Gary Haugen won the prestigious William Wilberforce award.
On the morning of the graduation, I was so ill with morning sickness I nearly missed the event. (The next day I found out I was pregnant with triplets.) But I’m so thankful I was able to make it.
What a blessing it was to hear Gary Haugen’s speech and watch his video of the work that the International Justice Mission is doing. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, but 5 years later and the images and story of the brick factory where they freed child slaves are burned into my memories. Or the women who left their families with the promises of respectable work, but were brought to another country and forced into prostitution.
No one should be sold into slavery. Or prostitution.
I sat there thinking, what am I doing to stop this? Nothing. The excuses started churning through my head. This problem is too big for me. It’s too far removed from my comfort zone. I’m too small to fight foreign police and government in order to save these people.
But Gary Haugen and his team are!
- Not only are they rescuing people from oppression, they then hold the oppressor accountable through the local justice system.
- They care for the victim and help them rebuild their lives.
- And they work with the community to prevent future abuse.
Here is Gary Haugen in Kenya…
Miriam (lower right) watches her great-granddaughter sing a song for IJM staff celebrating IJM’s help in restoring her family’s property after wealthy neighbors attempted to seize it. The legal battle for Miriam’s property rights lasted over five years, and her victory made national headlines in Kenya.
Ways you can help:
Become a Freedom Partner Consider giving a monthly gift of $24.
Too much? Any gift will help. Visit their online donation page to give a gift.
$30 can provide one aftercare package
$50 can provide one day of undercover investigations
$4500 is the average cost of one sex trafficking rescue operation
Pray for the International Justice Mission teams. Pray for the victims. Pray for justice and forgiveness.