May God Arise
There are more than 45 million slaves across the world today. This reality is overwhelming, but we are not overcome. Slavery can end in our lifetime if God's people lead the fight.
Join us at the Global Prayer Gathering and boldly pray for the freedom of every child, woman and man being abused, trafficked and enslaved across our world. Experience powerful prayer and worship, hear from the brave people on the front lines fighting to rescue slaves and transform nations, and join a community committed to ending slavery and injustice—until all are free.
The end of slavery begins with God's people. It begins with you.
What to Expect
Worship and fellowship
with IJM staff, and meet friends passionate about justice.
Hear first-hand stories
from the fight for justice, directly from our field leaders.
See where God is moving today
and pray for those still trapped in slavery and violence.
Gary Haugen CEO
Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission.
Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).
Sean Litton President
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.
Claire Wilkinson Vice President of Regional Operations, Africa
Vice President of Regional Operations, Africa
Claire Wilkinson serves as the Vice President of Regional Operations, Africa and the Field Office Director for Kenya. She is based in Kenya where she leads a multi-disciplinary team combatting cases of police abuse of power and child sexual violence. Claire joined IJM in March 2013 as the Field Office Director in Zambia, and transitioned to Kenya in January 2015. Before working with IJM, Claire spent 12 years as a prosecutor with the Scottish Prosecution Service where she latterly served as a Senior Prosecutor responsible for prosecuting serious criminal offences, as well as leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams. From 2008 to 2011, Claire served as the Program Coordinator for Lawyers of Hope, a network of Rwandan Christian lawyers dedicated to providing pro bono legal representation to the poor in Rwanda. She developed a community child rights project and a legal representation program for child prisoners.
Claire is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, where she received her Bachelor and Masters of Law degrees. She currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jocelyn White Church Mobilization Director
Church Mobilization Director
Jocelyn White serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. This role affords her the opportunity to equip churches and communities by sharing the biblical call to seek justice, introducing them to IJM’s work, and mobilizing them to engage in both local and global ministry.
Prior to joining IJM, Jocelyn worked as the Operations and Ministry Director for Westside Shepherd of the Hills, and as the Ministry Director and Pastoral Assistant for The Vine at Shepherd of the Hills in Los Angeles, California. Jocelyn and her husband co-founded Slavery No More, a non-profit organization working with law enforcement and the public to fight both domestic and international human trafficking. Jocelyn is also an active member of the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking Outreach Committee and has worked with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) survivors now living in an aftercare home in Southern California.
Through her role at IJM, Jocelyn has spoken at churches, anti-human trafficking organizations, youth groups, conferences, and other speaking engagements. Jocelyn lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Peter, and son, Simeon.
Eddie Kaufholz Church Mobilization Director
Church Mobilization Director
Eddie Kaufholz serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. This role affords him the opportunity to equip churches and communities by sharing the biblical call to seek justice, introducing them to IJM’s work, and mobilizing them to engage in both local and global ministry.
Eddie joins the team by way of Summit Church in Orlando, where he served as Campus Pastor at their main site. In that role, he had a front-row seat to watching the church be the driving force behind proving that justice for the poor is possible. He previously served on the staff of Young Life and with churches in Florida and Kentucky. Additionally, Eddie is a contributing editor to RELEVANT Magazine, and a co-host on the RELEVANT Podcast.
Eddie received a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Science at the University of Florida, and earned a Masters in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He lives in Longwood, FL with his wife Brianne and two children, Eve and Lucy.
Abraham George Director of International Church Mobilization
Abraham (Abey) George
Director of International Church Mobilization
Abraham (Abey) George serves as IJM’s Director of International Church Mobilization. He travels internationally to support IJM’s field offices in leading conferences, facilitating pastoral trainings and connecting church leaders in the biblical work of justice.
Before joining IJM, Abraham was a pastor and a theology lecturer in India. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2002, he did policy research for a think-tank in Washington, DC, and managed the U.S. office of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians.
He received a Master of Divinity from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India, and a Master of Theology in Historical Theology from Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, UK. Abraham and his family live in Maryland.
Pablo Villeda Vice President of Regional Operations, Latin America
Vice President of Regional Operations, Latin America
Pablo Villeda serves as IJM’s Vice President of Regional Operations for Latin America. IJM currently has field offices in Bolivia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, as well as casework alliance partners in Ecuador and Peru. Pablo oversees our work to bring rescue and restoration to children who have been victimized by sexual violence and to secure justice against rapists and traffickers.
Pablo joined IJM in 2007 as IJM Guatemala’s Field Office Director, where he led his team to achieve significant convictions against perpetrators of sexual violence and pioneered new ways of combating child sexual assault by equipping officials within the Guatemalan justice system.
Before joining IJM, Pablo worked alongside his father as an attorney with a focus on family law and contract dispute. He was also a visiting professor at the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, where he received his J.D. Pablo and his wife live with their children in the Washington, DC area.
Melissa Russell Senior Vice President of Global Advancement
Senior Vice President of Global Advancement
Melissa Russell is the Senior Vice President of Global Advancement at IJM, leading the teams responsible for IJM’s constituent, government and institutional partnerships. She drives the core strategies and engagements that fuel IJM’s growth around the globe.
Prior to her current role, Melissa led as IJM’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Director of Development and Texas Director of Development. Before joining IJM in 2008, Melissa worked in business development at the University of Texas, creating the revenue strategies and partnerships that helped launch the UT Film Institute and the nationally-acclaimed UTeach program. Melissa also worked for KPMG as the Director of Marketing in Austin, Texas, where she was responsible for accelerating growth and building brand equity in KPMG’s high-tech sector business.
Melissa received her B.A. in Journalism and her Master of Arts in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jim Martin Vice President of Spiritual Formation
Vice President of Spiritual Formation
Jim Martin serves as IJM’s Vice President of Spiritual Formation. Jim works with IJM's global leaders as they strengthen IJM’s foundation of Christian spiritual formation. Jim seeks to equip IJM staff worldwide to do the work of justice joyfully and sustainably with ever-deepening dependence on God.
Prior to this position, Jim served as IJM’s Vice President of Church Mobilization, where he led a team working to move churches to a deeper level of understanding of God's passion for justice. Before joining IJM, Jim was a pastor at The River Church in San Jose, CA. Over the years, Jim has spoken at churches, mission events and pastors conferences all over the world.
He received a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts. His book, The Just Church—a practical guide for churches to engage in life-giving justice ministry—was released by Tyndale in 2012. Jim and his wife, Jenna, live in the Washington, DC area with their three children.
Sandra McCracken Music Artist
Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. While many of her songs like "We Will Feast In The House Of Zion" and "Thy Mercy My God" have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, A Rocha Compilation, Bifrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children’s music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more.
Robbie Seay Band Worship Band
Robbie Seay Band
Robbie Seay Band has been a band for over a decade, spending most of those years with EMI Music. 2012 marked the release of their independent project "Rich & Poor". As the band enters their 11th year, Robbie Seay is joined by long time bass player Ryan Owens, Lead guitarist Matthew Kidd & Dave Keil on drums.
Robbie is best know for his career as a songwriter, recording artist & worship leader. Founding the Robbie Seay Band in 2001, RSB has released 7 albums including the critically acclaimed 2007 EMI release "Give Yourself Away". Songs from these recordings have been featured in multiple tv shows and movies including American Idol, One Tree Hill & numerous shows on the ABC network.
With multiple songs on the ccli charts for many years now including "Song of Hope" which was a top 50 radio songs of the decade, Robbie is the rare songwriter whose songs are both worshipful and inviting to the a broader audience.
RSB is extremely proud of the record "Rich & Poor" and very grateful to have made a career of writing and recording music about their faith, lives of love and loss and everything else in between.
Registration opens Plenary Session & Prayer Room 1 Lunch Break Prayer Room 2 and 3 Dinner Break Plenary Session
Plenary Session & Prayer Room 4 and 5 Lunch Break Pastor Lunch Plenary Session Event ends
Walter E. Washington Convention Center801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC
Limited rooms available in conference block for $249. Click here to reserve your room.901 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 824-9200
- Can children come to the Global Prayer Gathering?
We will be hearing sensitive stories of abuse and injustice, so we do not recommend that you bring your children.
- Is there a dress code?
No. Participants wear a variety of attire and are generally more casual throughout the weekend.
- Are cameras or videography allowed?
We are excited for you to share about your experience, but for the safety of our clients and the stories we share, we do not allow any photography, video or audio recordings during main sessions or prayer rooms.
- I would like to attend, but will need an invitation for visa purposes. Can you write me a letter?
The Global Prayer Gathering email invitation should meet visa requirements. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to write individual letters.
- I would like to volunteer. Will there be a volunteer's discount?
We are very grateful for friends who volunteer to help, but we do not have the budget to offer discounted or free tickets. We have already underwritten a significant portion of each participant's cost so that you will receive the lowest cost possible.
- Does IJM provide any scholarships?
Unfortunately, we do not have scholarship funding available for the Global Prayer Gathering.
- What is the cost of the 2017 Global Prayer Gathering?
- $175 through October 29
- $195 through December 17
- $210 through March 1
- $240 on March 2-4
- $165* IJM Alumni
- $125* Students
- *limited number of student and alumni tickets available
- What does the ticket cost cover?
The ticket includes the cost of participating in the conference and materials needed for the gathering.
- Is there a group rate?
There are no group rates for the 2017 Global Prayer Gathering as we strive to offer the lowest possible price for all attendees.
- I can only attend part of the weekend. Can I pay a partial registration fee?
We cannot accommodate partial registrations at this time.
- I'm a student, but also former IJM alum. Should I register as an IJM Alumni or Student?
You may register as a Student and opt into the IJM Alumni event.
- How late could I can cancel my ticket and receive a refund?
You may cancel your ticket within 45 days of purchase for a partial refund of the registration fee (a $50 cancelation fee will be applied to each ticket) through February 5th. After February 5th tickets are no longer refundable. Your Global Prayer Gathering ticket is also fully transferrable.
- Are special hotel rates available?
We have a limited number of rooms reserved at the Marriott Marquis for a reduced rate of $249. Click here to reserve your room.
- Will there be parking?
There are over 3,000 parking spaces in a three block radius of the facility. Reserve your parking spot before you come here.
- How can I get to the Convention Center from the airport?
The Convention Center is located off of the Yellow/Green line: Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center. Find detailed directions to the airport here.
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“I have never been to a conference that has so affected my life. I am changed as a result of these few days!”Pastor Gathering