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The Sparrows

OneRepublic visited IJM's team in the Philippines, where they learned how IJM teams work with the police and government officials to rescue children who are sold to foreign traffickers who live direct their abuse by webcam. This is called Online Sexual Exploitation of Children. This crime has grown significantly in the last few years, and IJM’s work has scaled up as a result. Our investigators work tirelessly to locate children who are being abused and organize rescue operations that bring them out of those situations, all while collecting the evidence that’s needed to prosecute criminals and ultimately prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.

The video below shows a real text exchange between IJM team members in the Philippines during a rescue operation. The codename "Sparrow" refers to a child being rescued from online abuse.

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About IJM

Where does IJM work?

IJM has 24 field offices in 14 different countries where we actively collaborate with local governments and NGOs to rescue and protect people in poverty from violence.

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What happens to a victim of violence after IJM intervenes in their case?

Violent abuses like rape, trafficking, slavery, land theft and police brutality have an immediate and significant impact on victims. That’s why each of our aftercare services is unique, and meets different needs of the children, women and men we serve. In addition to strengthening local social services to empower survivors even when IJM isn’t on the scene, IJM social workers and our partners help individual survivors pursue their goals for restoration. This process includes elements like:

  • Immediate crisis care
  • Connecting survivors to a place of stability
  • Ongoing counseling
  • Support throughout the legal process
  • Skills training and education

As our social workers walk with survivors on their journey to safety and stability, we carefully assess how they are progressing. Our goal is to see survivors “restored”—meaning that they can function in society with a low vulnerability to being victimized again.
We have developed a validated tool, the Assessment of Survivor Outcomes (ASO) tool, that aftercare staff use to generate a baseline assessment of a survivor’s vulnerabilities and strengths, set goals with survivors for their care plan, and then measure a survivor’s progress in key areas of restoration.

What is IJM's relationship with local governments and NGOs?

Our mission is to protect vulnerable people from violence. To fulfill this mission, our model is built on partnership. We work closely with local governments, community partners, NGOs and others to strengthen the justice system’s response to violent crimes. Justice system transformation through close collaboration with local partners results in safer communities and greater protection for vulnerable people.
IJM is a non-partisan, non-governmental, 501(c)3 organization. We operate with governmental approval and acknowledgment, and we depend on the partnership of local government and NGO partners.

How do I become a Freedom Partner?

Your monthly gift of any amount will qualify you to join our dedicated community of Freedom Partners who are passionate about bringing an end to human trafficking, slavery, and violence.

You can start your monthly gift here.

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