Impact partner profile

International Justice Mission

Rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for people who are poor unstoppable

International Justice Mission
Est. since
Location of HQ
Washington, DC 20037, United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
October 2020
Area of focus
Modern Day Slavery
India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Romania, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya

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.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Rescue and restore victims

IJM’s aim is to partner with local authorities to rescue individual victims of violence and restore survivors to safety and stability.

Bring criminals to justice

Working alongside justice system officials, IJM aims to ensure that criminals are held accountable - stopping the cycle of violence and deterring others from abusing vulnerable people.

Strengthen Justice Systems

IJM’s goal is to collaborate with justice systems and community leaders to respond effectively to violence. Together, they design improvements that serve survivors, deter criminals, and dramatically decrease violence.

Scale demand for protection

IJM aims to work to convene and equip champions to advocate for protection as an essential and tangible future for everyone.

Impact milestones

IJM aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (12 months):

1. Conduct 13 investigative operations (identification sweeps) in designated project areas leading to the rescue of victims trapped in bonded labour slavery

2. Obtain a successful judicial conviction in a bonded labour case within three years of the crime being reported (first information report)

3. Support a partner organisation to successfully run a case from initial rescue through to conclusion of the legal process

4. Partner with local artists and cultural groups to conduct annual education campaigns to drive awareness and prevention strategies that combat bonded labour slavery

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