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.