Special Initiative: 25 Rescue Operations
A message from Blair Burns,
Director of Global Justice Initiatives:
"No one knows you are here." "They will never find you." "There is no way for you to escape."
This is what countless children, women and men are told every day by their abusers. The lies—and the violence that comes along with them—are crushing. As each day passes, it can feel impossible not to be swallowed by the darkness and lose hope.
I’ve seen it in the eyes of a father who is utterly helpless to protect his children from a slave master, and on the demoralized face of a young woman who has been tricked, betrayed and sold into the brutal underworld of sex trafficking.
But the story doesn’t need to end this way. New life can start with a rescue operation. Families can go free. Girls and women who were abused and viewed like products can be given their lives back. Lives can be changed forever. Justice can be done.
An operation can free one girl or hundreds of families—but no matter how many people are waiting for help and no matter where they are trapped, we’re prepared to bring rescue. When a girl is freed from a brothel or a family is freed from slavery, our team of social workers provides counseling and helps each person to live in freedom.
But without rescue, children and families will remain trapped, exploited and violated. And for them, rescue cannot come soon enough.
We urge you to join with us in a special initiative. Help provide the funds equal to the cost of 25 rescue operations by November 25. Your donations will help us finish 2012 strong, and build a firm foundation for 2013 — so we can bring rescue when it is urgently needed.
Our investigative teams have already identified brothels, bars and slave facilities in several countries where we have evidence that people are trapped, enslaved and being abused right now. We’re beginning to work with the authorities to plan next steps to stop the abuse.
We’re ready to go in to bring rescue. Please send us. Each person trapped in slavery deserves to be remembered. Each of them deserves to be found. Let’s not let them give up hope. Let’s go rescue them — as soon as we can.
How Does an IJM Operation Work?
On average it costs IJM $4,500 to conduct a complete rescue operation.
The abuse is discovered through IJM undercover investigations or reported to IJM by government or other local organization.
IJM teams document evidence.
IJM presents proof to local officials and works with them to plan a rescue operation.
IJM and law enforcement rescue the victims, and gather strong evidence to hold the abusers accountable in court so they can’t harm other people.
IJM social workers help comfort and protect survivors right from the moment of rescue so they can begin their journey of healing—and stay by their side for years.
Support IJM Now
Your gift enables IJM to bring rescue and restoration to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.