GPG 2017

Global Prayer Gathering

Washington, D.C. Convention Center
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We Are Not Overcome

There are more than 45 million slaves across the world today. This reality is overwhelming, but we are not overcome. Slavery can end in our lifetime if God's people lead the fight.

Join us at the Global Prayer Gathering and boldly pray for the freedom of every child, woman and man being abused, trafficked and enslaved across our world. Experience powerful prayer and worship, hear from the brave people on the front lines fighting to rescue slaves and transform nations, and join a community committed to ending slavery and injustice—until all are free.

The end of slavery begins with God's people. It begins with you.

“What's it like at GPG?”

What to Expect

  • Worship and fellowship

    with IJM staff, and meet friends passionate about justice.

  • Hear first-hand stories

    from the fight for justice, directly from our field leaders.

  • See where God is moving today

    and pray for those still trapped in slavery and violence.

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  • Gary

    Gary Haugen



    Gary Haugen

    Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission.

    Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct.  In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

    Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.  He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).

  • Sean

    Sean Litton


    Sean Litton

    Sean Litton serves as President of International Justice Mission, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, as well as IJM’s strategy and structure, and the recruitment and development of the senior leadership team. Sean reports directly to CEO Gary Haugen, helping to shape IJM’s values and culture as well as align the global team. 

    Sean joined IJM in 2000 as the first Field Office Director in Manila, the Philippines, where he built and led a team of lawyers, social workers, and investigators rescuing and defending children who had been raped and trafficked for sex. He then moved to Thailand to lead IJM’s team there in combating sex trafficking of children. Sean has since served IJM in increasingly senior leadership capacities as Director of Operations for Southeast Asia, Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, and, most recently, Chief Administrative Officer.

    During his time in Southeast Asia, Sean led and participated in investigations that brought freedom to more than 200 children and women who were being sexually exploited, as well as the arrest and prosecution of more than 50 suspected traffickers and rapists. In his subsequent roles at IJM, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through building highly effective and healthy teams, pioneering and scaling highly effective global operations, and mastering complex efforts in organizational leadership and management.

    Prior to IJM, Sean worked as an associate at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC, and he served as associate pastor for youth at Christ Church in Roswell, New Mexico.

    Sean received a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Sean currently lives in the Washington, DC area, with his wife and three children.

  • Claire

    Claire Wilkinson

    Vice President of Regional Operations, Africa

    Claire Wilkinson

    Claire Wilkinson serves as the Vice President of Regional Operations, Africa and the Field Office Director for Kenya. She is based in Kenya where she leads a multi-disciplinary team combatting cases of police abuse of power and child sexual violence. Claire joined IJM in March 2013 as the Field Office Director in Zambia, and transitioned to Kenya in January 2015. Before working with IJM, Claire spent 12 years as a prosecutor with the Scottish Prosecution Service where she latterly served as a Senior Prosecutor responsible for prosecuting serious criminal offences, as well as leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams. From 2008 to 2011, Claire served as the Program Coordinator for Lawyers of Hope, a network of Rwandan Christian lawyers dedicated to providing pro bono legal representation to the poor in Rwanda. She developed a community child rights project and a legal representation program for child prisoners.

    Claire is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, where she received her Bachelor and Masters of Law degrees. She currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

More coming soon.


  1. Pastor Gathering
  2. Registration opens
    Plenary Session & Prayer Room 1
    Lunch Break
    Prayer Room 2 and 3
    Dinner Break
    Plenary Session
  3. Plenary Session & Prayer Room 4 and 5
    Lunch Break
    Plenary Session
    Event ends

Full event schedule coming soon


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC


General Questions

Can children come to the Global Prayer Gathering?

We will be hearing sensitive stories of abuse and injustice, so we do not recommend that you bring your children.

Is there a dress code?

No. Participants wear a variety of attire and are generally more casual throughout the weekend.

Are cameras or videography allowed?

We are excited for you to share about your experience, but for the safety of our clients and the stories we share, we do not allow any photography, video or audio recordings during main sessions or prayer rooms.

I would like to attend, but will need an invitation for visa purposes. Can you write me a letter?

The Global Prayer Gathering email invitation should meet visa requirements. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to write individual letters.

I would like to volunteer. Will there be a volunteer's discount?

We are very grateful for friends who volunteer to help, but we do not have the budget to offer discounted or free tickets. We have already underwritten a significant portion of each participant's cost so that you will receive the lowest cost possible.

Does IJM provide any scholarships?

Unfortunately, we do not have scholarship funding available for the Global Prayer Gathering.


What is the cost of the 2017 Global Prayer Gathering?
  • $175 through October 29
  • $195 through December 10
  • $210 through March 1
  • $240 on March 2-4
  • $165* IJM Alumni
  • $125* Students
  • *limited number of student and alumni tickets available
What does the ticket cost cover?

The ticket includes the cost of participating in the conference and materials needed for the gathering.

Is there a group rate?

There are no group rates for the 2017 Global Prayer Gathering as we strive to offer the lowest possible price for all attendees.

I can only attend part of the weekend. Can I pay a partial registration fee?

We cannot accommodate partial registrations at this time.

I'm a student, but also former IJM alum. Should I register as an IJM Alumni or Student?

You may register as a Student and opt into the IJM Alumni event.

How late could I can cancel my ticket and receive a refund?

You may cancel your ticket within 45 days of purchase for a partial refund of the registration fee (a $50 cancelation fee will be applied to each ticket) through February 5th. After February 5th tickets are no longer refundable. Your Global Prayer Gathering ticket is also fully transferrable.


Are special hotel rates available?

We have a limited number of rooms reserved at the Marriott Marquis for a reduced rate of $249. A link to reserve a room under the conference block will be available in November.

Will there be parking?

There are over 3,000 parking spaces in a three block radius of the facility. Reserve your parking spot before you come here.

How can I get to the Convention Center from the airport?

The Convention Center is located off of the Yellow/Green line: Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center. Find detailed directions to the airport here.

Register for IJM's Global Prayer Gathering today

“I have never been to a conference that has so affected my life. I am changed as a result of these few days!”
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Pastor Gathering

Are you a pastor or ministry leader planning to attend GPG? Arrive early and join other ministry leaders who care about justice at the Pastor's Gathering.