International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organisation that protects people living in poverty from violence. They work to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, and help local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.
Partnering with local authorities in 13 countries worldwide, IJM focuses on building safe communities that protect all people. The threat of violence is part of everyday life for people who are poor; it’s as much a part of poverty as hunger, disease or homelessness. With laws not effectively enforced in many communities, criminals expect no consequences for their crimes and continue to enslave and abuse those who are poor. People in poverty are uniquely vulnerable to this violence, because while their wealthier neighbours can pay for security and safety, they cannot.
Since 1997, IJM has seen over 53,000 children, women, and men rescued from slavery and violence. As a result of their system-strengthening work, over 150 million people worldwide are protected from the forms of violence that IJM has addressed in communities. In 2019, over 3600 people were rescued by IJM, 304 criminals were restrained, 163 perpetrators convicted, and 906 survivors restored to safety and stability.
By 2030, IJM hopes to see these number increase exponentially, with half a billion people protected, and millions rescued.