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Nashville Declares Today As IJM Day

The City of Nashville has declared Today, Tuesday October 1, 2013, International Justice Mission Day!
Join IJM on the steps of Nashville’s City Hall and show your support for the fight to end slavery.
To learn more about IJM and their fight to end slavery, click here.

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Stand for Freedom

27 Hours – 27 Million

March 5 – 15, 2013

How it Works

-Recruit 270 People

-Raise $2,700

-Get 1,000 Signatures

To learn more about Stand for Freedom, click here.

To learn more about IJM, click here.

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Gifts that Keep Giving: Music

Just kidding, we decided to start with our first gift suggestions a day early.

So, do you have a friend or family member who is really into music? A number of artists have chosen to partner with the International Justice Mission (IJM) this Christmas, by coming together to compile an album of various classic Christmas songs. 100% of all proceeds gained from this album, will be given to help rescue victims of human trafficking. Check out the video below to find out more about this album or here to purchase it.

Not quite what you were looking for? Try looking here at the “We are the World: 25 for Haiti” official website or here for a song by Jenny & Tyler (all proceeds from this song will go to fight human trafficking) for other some other ideas.

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Stealing Land From Widows and Orphans

58: Global Impact Tour, the “global initiative to end extreme poverty” (as we have previously shared, click here to view our past post), tackles many issues across the globe. While they continuously fight poverty on many levels, each month they feature a specific country and issue. This month is Uganda and the problem of Stealing Land from Widows and Orphans.

Here is what 58 has to share about this issue:

“Across Africa, many widows and orphans are left defenseless when their husband or father dies. In this time of vulnerability, they become victims of ‘succession-related’ property grabbing – the term for illegal property seizure in the aftermath of a death. Victims often lose not only their homes, but – for many who raise crops or engage in small enterprise on their land – their only sources of livelihood, leaving them and their children homeless and without income.

Property grabbing often arises from the perceived lack of land rights for women in traditional societies. Family members, local leaders and potential victims may not be aware of the legal rights of widows and orphans or the criminal sanctions that may arise from illegal property seizure. Moreover, agencies charged with enforcement of rights lack the knowledge and resources to meet the overwhelming need.

Right now, some of the most vulnerable women and children in Uganda are waiting for a defender and waiting to go home. Together, we can help them. With your support, IJM will open a new field office in Gulu, Northern Uganda this summer that will help restore families to their land and homes. These families experienced the terror of Joseph Kony’s guerrilla group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), when their communities were ravaged. Over two decades, hundreds of thousands of families fled the chaos and danger in Gulu and sought shelter in temporary camps in other areas of Uganda. Thankfully, Kony and his militia have left Northern Uganda. Thousands of children, women and men are now attempting to return home, but they are facing a new injustice. They are returning only to discover that their homes have been stolen and are now occupied by more powerful neighbors who threaten violence with machetes and spears. To return to their rightful homes, these families need a defender. They need the power of the law on their side. But they face great obstacles. Thousands of court cases are backlogged. Women are marginalized. The poorest often do not even know their rights. Without help, the weak and the vulnerable will lose. The powerful will win.

IJM Gulu will provide immediate and sustained attention so that the system works to protect everyone. IJM investigators, attorneys and aftercare staff will be able to defend families particularly widows and orphans – who need help now. Over the last decade, IJM has restored hundreds of widows and orphans to their homes in rural areas around Kampala. This is no small matter: For the poorest and most vulnerable, access to shelter and somewhere to grow food is a matter of life and death. We are ready to bring this expertise to Gulu. Together, we can bring hope and restoration to Northern Uganda. Will you please help support us?

If you would like to support the 58:Global Impact Tour and IJM, click here.

To learn more about IJM, click here.

To learn more about 58, click here.

All content cited from Live 58:

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IJM Benefit Dinner

This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend International Justice Mission’s (IJM) LA benefit dinner. Although I am a poor law student without much to give, I was able to sit there surrounded by some of LA’s most affluent citizens, and display my commitment and support to IJM’s cause through my presence. I also had the opportunity to hear Gary Haugen, IJM’s founder and current president and CEO, talk about some of the things IJM was able to accomplish this past year . Regardless of how much I learn about IJM or how many times I hear Gary Haugen speak, I will never cease to be blown away by the passion and dedication of the IJM staff and in their unwavering mission to eradicate the worldwide practice of human trafficking.

As I sat there listening to Haugen’s speech, I felt the frustration and the urgency the IJM staff in India must have felt as they sat and waited years, for the local police to do something to do with the evidence they had gathered, which proved that a local businessman was brazenly using slaves to operate his brick factory. I also felt the monotony and the unwavering determination members of an IJM staff working in Asia must have felt, as they drove hundreds of miles and spent thousands of hours waiting in conditions akin to waiting in the DMV (Haugen’s analogy not mine), in order to obtain justice for a young girl who had been trafficked.

I left the dinner that night with the conviction that my respect for IJM, and the irreplaceable work they are doing around the world to end human trafficking is unsurpassable. I am eagerly awaiting the day when I will be able to contribute more than just my presence.  To learn more about IJM and to find out how to support them as they work to end human trafficking, click here.

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58: The Film

If you haven’t watched the trailer above, 58:The Film takes you on a journey through several different countries; it introduces you to a hungry and struggling mother and children in Ethiopia, two families enslaved by bonded labor in India, and into the distressed streets of Kenya and New York. The film not only shows the problems and devastations of extreme poverty, but also the good done to combat it. One positive example is an American man with a local community coffee shop selling Fair Trade coffee and promoting the end of global poverty. “These impatient revolutionaries and ordinary prophets present viewers with an empowering vision [to rise] up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty, by bringing God’s words through Isaiah to life in our time, in our day.” Continue reading

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Love Wins.

This is a story about a girl named Suhana. “She was found and rescued not once, but twice.” Learn more about IJM, and the work they are doing to end human trafficking by clicking here.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Human Trafficking

1. Human Trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or any form of modern day slavery.

2. It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves in the world. (UNICEF)

3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.

4. Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under 18.

5. The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of 32 billion. (UN)

cited from www.ijm.org

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