Kendra, Loving Simple Living reader and a friend of mine, recommended this organization for our Simple Compassion section this week. Thanks Kendra!
What is International Justice Mission:
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor. Source
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Because this is Kendra’s idea, I wanted to share some of her thoughts with you.
The organization I am most excited to tell people about is International Justice Mission or IJM.In general, monetary donations are huge because IJM is lawyers and investigators who work within the laws of each country to bring justice to its citizens. Besides fighting child prostitution, they work to protect the interest of the poor and defenseless. An example is a widow who is tricked into working without pay to keep her home. She doesn’t really owe that much, but being illiterate she may agree.The story that I can’t forget was about a huge brick factory where families were enslaved. Kids were so cheap to get that it wasn’t worth it to their owners to take care of them. They’d just get as much work out of them as they could before they died. The investigator compared them to paper cups that are cheap and thoughtlessly thrown away. The factory was not easy to penetrate, but IJM managed to free the families and prosecute the owners.The last thing I love about IJM is that their rehabilitation sets them apart from other non-government programs that do a heroic freeing of girls from a brothel and then offer them so little support that they end up back in their old lives. One gentleman that was freed was rehabilitated and is now holding a government position in his country. Another girl was freed from forced prostitution and while in rehabilitation, she was convinced by a young boy to run away with him, only to be sold again. She’d been sold in a city of millions and officials told IJM they’d never find her. But IJM didn’t give up and miraculously found her, re-rescued her.The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them. Ex. 3:7,8