June 28, 2012 jennyrain

Freedom Fridays | The Dangerous Dance of Poverty and Violence

Vancouver Sun Article

“Poverty is no excuse for forcing children into prostitution,”

Says International Justice Mission (IJM) Founder and President Gary Haugen. “Violence is what keeps them there,” he further states. There is a dangerous dance of poverty and violence that IJM seeks to impact through transforming public justice systems. As we here in America celebrate the precious freedom of independence this next week… may we not forget the 27million people across the world who are enslaved by some form of violent oppression…

What does IJM do?

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

Our work…IJM works to rescue victims from slavery, bring justice to the perpetrators, restore victims to health and wholeness, and transform public justice systems.

How we do our work… IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law.

This Freedom Friday as we prepare to celebrate July 4th in the United States

… may we pause and consider, pray, and search our hearts for how we can make a difference in the lives of those caught in this horrific dance of violent oppression and poverty.

 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2.15-16

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Read some past stories here:

42 Rescued from Bonded Labor | India

Justice a dream for trafficking victims | Philippines

“This Case Will Pave the Way” – 20 Year Conviction | Rwanda

Slavery in America? | United States of America


I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.