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As part of the Fair Food Program, the Coalition of Immokalee workers has helped introduce a new standard in the tomato industry, eliminating the “snow cone top” off of the bucket, so farmworkers like this one are paid for every tomato they pick. (Photograph by Forest Woodward)
Just over a week ago, we launched our summer campaign, Recipe for Change, here at IJM. Since then, a number of you expressed your surprise that slavery exists right in our own country, in an industry that touches your own lives.
Today marks the one year anniversary since the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), S.1301, was introduced in the U.S.
Men, women and even children were already hard at work when IJM and government officials arrived to set them free.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, IJM helped government officials in a rural area outside Chennai to rescue families forced to work as slaves in a rice mill and rock quarry. When the team of IJM staff and officials arrived, the families were hard at work – including several children.
Gary Haugen serves as president and CEO of IJM, where he leads IJM's global casework and groundbreaking structural transformation of public justice systems worldwide (Gary was recently named a 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero by the State Department). He and his wife Jan love to cook,
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.

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