International Justice Mission (IJM) is a Christian human rights organization committed to ending violence against the poor around the world. Its vision is to “rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible.”
IJM works out of 18 field offices (and 2 casework alliances) across Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, and is coordinated from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as partner offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands.
The type of casework varies by office, with most field offices focusing on one casework type. IJM’s casework includes child sexual assault, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, police abuse of power, illegal property grabbing (primarily from widows), citizenship rights, and forced labor slavery.
The office I will be serving with focuses on forced labor slavery, also called bonded labor.
IJM works through a collaborative casework model, in which it works with local police and justice systems to help them work more effectively, while providing victims the rescue and rehabilitation they need. Besides providing rescue, IJM prosecutes perpetrators of injustice within the local court system, ensures victims receive appropriate aftercare, and works to stop the problem at its source by creating the structural change necessary to stop violence against the poor for good. Besides rescues and convictions, IJM has worked to train officials, shape legislation, and increase awareness for issues of violence against the poor around the world.
And its working. IJM has relieved over 18,000 people from oppression, including 1,250 people rescued in South Asia in 2014 already.
IJM has been recognized as one of 10 non-profits “making a difference” by U.S. News and World Report, It has also been featured by Foreign Affairs, Forbes, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Times of India, The Hindu, the Guardian, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, National Public Radio, CNN and many other outlets.