INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
Throughout the developing world, fear of violence is part of everyday life for the poor. It’s as much a part of poverty as hunger, disease or malnutrition.
- Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade
- 1 in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime
- Nearly 30 million people are held as modern-day slaves
- By 2020, 1.5 billion of the world’s poor will live without secure rights to their homes and property
The poorest are so vulnerable because their justice systems – police, courts and laws – don’t protect them from violent people. According to the United Nations, justice systems in the developing world are so broken that the majority of poor people live life “far from the law’s protection."
In response, in nearly 20 communities throughout the developing world, IJM protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to
Rescue victims: IJM partners with local law enforcement to go into brothels, slave facilities, and other dark places to rescue victims.
Bring criminals to justice: IJM relentlessly pursues justice in court. IJM ensures that traffickers, slave owners, rapists, and other criminals are brought to justice.
Restore survivors: IJM helps survivors of violence rebuild their lives. IJM creates individual plans to help meet each survivor’s specific needs, including trauma counselling, job skills training, or education.
Strengthen justice systems: IJM provides training and support to police, judges, prosecutors, and justice system authorities. IJM advocates for reforms that will keep the poor safe from being victimized.
To learn more about the great work IJM is doing across the globe, visit www.ijm.ca.