Human Trafficking. Slavery. Oppression. It’s happening here. It’s happening in India. It’s happening in Thailand. It’s happening in Rwanda. It’s happening in Columbia. It’s happening in Mexico. It’s happening EVERYWHERE. “But it’s 2012…this can’t really be happening…can it?” The solemn truth? “Yes, it is happening.” The sad reality however is that most are unaware or indifferent to the occurrence of these tragedies. We turn our heads, avert our eyes, and hope that avoiding the issue will make it go away. Thankfully, there are a growing number of organizations committed to raising awareness of these injustices and making a difference. The International Justice Mission (IJM), founded and headed by attorney Gary Haugen, is arguably one of the largest and most well-known of these organizations. IJM’s mission is “to rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible” (Cite). Made up of lawyers, social workers, human rights professionals, investigators and public officials, IJM “is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression” (Cite). They work in over 13 countries worldwide bringing support to victims and prosecuting perpetrators. In 2010 alone IJM rescued over 178 women and girls from sexual trafficking, over 638 from slavery, and many others from all sorts of different oppressions. To learn more about IJM or to find out how you get involved in the fight against these injustices, please visit their website here.
“Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”–IJM