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Speak Up to End Slavery

Urge Congress to heed the findings of the 2021 TIP Report and fund the U.S. response to human trafficking.

Join the movement to end slavery

Slavery is illegal almost everywhere. But right now, an estimated 40 million children, women and men are trapped in slavery around the world.

By speaking up and joining the movement to end slavery, you can help bring them to freedom.

Speak up today Here's how:

Sign our petition today

It's simple. Sign the petition and urge your representatives in Congress to fund life-saving programs that will protect people who are vulnerable to trafficking, slavery and violence around the world.

FAQs

What is advocacy at IJM?

Everyone's voice deserves to be heard, and IJM invites advocates to use their voices to help bring about change through government action. This happens in several ways: Through petitions to congressional representatives, in-person meetings on Capitol Hill, a day of collective action in DC called Advocacy Summit, and in-district meetings with representatives.

What are the different kinds of legislation that IJM works on?

IJM advocates work hard to help pass legislation that protects and defends vulnerable people around the world from slavery, trafficking and violence, like the Central American Women and Children Protection Act (CAWCPA) and the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI).

Each year, as Congress builds our national budget in a process called appropriations, IJM advocates ask their representatives to fully fund existing programs that combat trafficking and slavery, like the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) office.

How much of U.S. foreign aid goes toward ending slavery?

Every year, Congress builds a massive budget of several trillion dollars. From that budget, less than 1% of all funding is allocated to foreign aid, and the programs and accounts working to end trafficking and slavery are a small fraction of that percentage. These projects have tremendous capacity to bring about lasting change, and we believe this funding is an effective and powerful use of resources.

How can my voice make a difference?

If you’re a US citizen, you have elected officials from your state called Representatives and Senators who work for you. That’s their job. And they have an office full of staff whose job it is to listen to you when you speak up about issues that mean something to you. The only way they will know that you care about ending slavery, trafficking and violence is if you tell them. If your representatives know this issue is important to you and others in your district or state, it will become important to them.

How can I get involved in IJM's advocacy efforts?

Right now, it’s easier than ever to get in touch with your representatives in Congress. To get involved with IJM’s latest advocacy effort, click here.

If you want to connect with other IJM advocates and volunteers, click here.

If you want to stay up-to-date on our work around the world, join the IJM Community and sign up for IJM email.

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If you have more questions about IJM's advocacy work, reach out to our team today.

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Director of Marketing and Public Relations
pkooman@ijm.ca
519.679.5030 x.229

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