SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - This week, IJM is celebrating the launch of the newest IJM Partner Office, IJM Australia—a major milestone in the global justice movement.
IJM Australia will share in IJM’s global mission to protect the poor from violence. “Partner offices make our work in the developing world possible,” explains IJM President and CEO Gary Haugen. “The entire IJM team is eager to see how IJM Australia will harness the country’s unique expertise, passions, relationships and resources.”
An Urgent Fight
The Australia team will launch with a special focus on supporting IJM’s fight against sex trafficking in the Philippines.
IJM Manila Field Office Director Sam Inocencio says, “Australia has an incredibly important role to play, particularly in contributing to efforts in Asia to strengthen broken justice systems that allow perpetrators of sexual exploitation and other crimes to operate with impunity.”
“We need to build a movement of Australians seeking justice for the oppressed. Australians can make a difference.” - Amber Hawkes, IJM Austrailia Chief Executive
Amber Hawkes, IJM Australia’s chief executive, celebrates the launch as a reflection Australia’s critical role in the Asia Pacific diplomatically, politically and economically. “Violence is an epidemic that is raging against the poor in Asia,” she says, “and the cure is to fix the broken justice systems in these countries where the poor are denied justice.”
Standing Alongside Neighbors
IJM Australia Chief Executive Amber Hawkes formerly served as an IJM legal advocate in Chennai, India, where she worked on cases of modern slavery.
“Having worked as both a corporate and criminal lawyer in Australia, I know that some terrible crimes are committed here. But we have a justice system, that while not perfect, works to protect us.” Hawkes says. “Our country is located in a region where 75% of the world’s poorest people live and they simply do not have the same protection. These are our neighbors, neighbors who daily live in fear of violence. We need to build a movement of Australians seeking justice for the oppressed. Australians can make a difference.”