“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
Slavery in America? | United States of America