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I first heard the term “modern-day slavery” while sitting in my church pew one Sunday morning.  We had invited a representative of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to talk briefly about working conditions in Florida’s tomato fields.  I left the service that day wondering if thin
In South Asia, IJM staff partner with local officials to investigate slavery, free victims, and prosecute traffickers. But slavery doesn’t just happen overseas; it exists in many forms right here in our backyard, and even makes its way to our dinner tables.
IJM Guatemala helped secure justice for Eugenia, who was 14 years old when her mother's live-in boyfriend assaulted her. In June 2012, he was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
GUATEMALA CITY – IJM has been supporting Eugenia* since 2011, when the 14-year-old girl was assaulted and became pregnant. Earlier this month, a difficult trial ended with a just ruling: The man who raped Eugenia was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), a diplomatic tool used to fight human trafficking around the world.
Gary Haugen is presented the 2012 TIP Report Hero Award by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
On June 19, 2012, IJM President Gary Haugen was honored by the U.S. State Department for his leadership in the fight against human trafficking.
When one of the survivors learned about the conviction, she said: “Now she will not be able to torture others the way she has damaged me."
MUMBAI, INDIA – Today, a brothel keeper from a notorious Mumbai red-light district was convicted for sex trafficking crimes and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Every time I pick up the newspaper, I read an article about how the U.S. Congress is deadlocked, partisan, broken.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, eight people were freed from a farm where they had been trapped as forced labor slaves for more than twelve years.
In 2007, I picked up an IJM brochure at a California church I was visiting. I came home to Idaho, ordered both of IJM President Gary Haugen's books and read them within weeks. The reality of modern-day slavery and human trafficking overwhelmed me - the darkness of the issue paralyzed me.
IJM Rwanda helped secure justice for a 5-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a Rwandan man. He faces 20 years in prison, the longest sentence to date.
KIGALI, RWANDA – In a precedent-setting case, a Kigali man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Rwandan girl.

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