This. I could spend a long, long time discussing International Justice Mission. There is just so much to say.
The underlying problem that IJM targets is EVERYDAY VIOLENCE. This is the most urgent threat for millions of the world’s poorest people, many whom live outside the protection of the law. The public justice systems are just too broken and dysfunctional to help them. The live in constant fear of slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, property grabbing, and citizens rights abuse.
IJM works in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia to rescue those who have been abused, but their ultimate goal is to prevent the violence from happening in the first place through Justice System Transformation.
There are a number of ways to get involved with IJM and I encourage you to research these. This is truly an amazing organization doing great things for people who desperately need someone in their corner. YOU could be a part of that!
Gary Haugen, the founder and President of IJM, formerly served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. His most recent book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, gives a clear insight into the problem of everyday violence and what is necessary to eradicate it. It’s a tough read, but a good one.
Advocate for the poor who suffer everyday violence by learning what you can about their plight, educating others and joining hands with others to fight for the rights of those who can’t fight for themselves.
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