While one of the main purposes of this blog is to raise awareness of sex trafficking in our own backyards, I nevertheless want to highlight the work of an incredible organization, the International Justice Mission. Sex trafficking and other forms of slavery are huge problems across the globe, and IJM is at the forefront of working to stop it.
Headquartered in D.C., IJM has 14 field offices around the world, in parts of Asia, Africa, and Central America, as well as regional offices in Canada and Europe. Through countries’ legal systems, IJM works for immediate rescue of victims of sex trafficking, slavery, and other forms of violent oppression, while also providing aftercare for these men, women, and children.
A few of the many things I love about IJM: 90% of its employees are nationals of the countries in which they work (thereby building up local economies); IJM does its work within the context of the legal and justice systems, while also working to reform unjust systems and restore rights to citizens; it doesn’t just stop at rescuing victims, but seeks to equip them to rebuild their lives in freedom while also providing for their emotional and physical needs.