Monday, March 22, 2021, WASHINGTON, D.C. — International Justice Mission (IJM) is humbled to join many others in honoring Harriet Tubman’s remarkable legacy by supporting the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act (S. 697 and H.R. 1842), the Woman on the Twenty Act of 2021 (H.R. 503), and the Biden Administration’s efforts to resume plans to place Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill.
As Tubman’s leadership and her commitment to freedom are celebrated, she continues to be pillar of strength and beacon of hope in the fight against injustice. After escaping slavery in 1849, she used her newly found freedom to help free hundreds of other slaves, mobilizing a vast network of churches and safe houses to create secure passage to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Today, she is remembered as a pioneering American abolitionist, one of the most revered conductors of the Underground Railroad, and a leading activist for women’s suffrage.
One of the ways IJM staff continue to honor Tubman’s tremendous abolitionist work is by naming an IJM global headquarters conference room in her honor. Because of this, IJM staff and visitors are regularly reminded of Tubman’s steadfast valor and personal commitment to justice. IJM proudly endorses this legislation, declares support for the efforts to put Tubman’s image on U.S. currency, and asks that lawmakers join in the movement to preserve and honor her legacy.
“It is important to honor and celebrate those who have come before us and devoted themselves to the pursuit of justice,” said Nate King, National Director, Advocacy & Mobilization, U.S. “During the month of March – Women’s History Month – we reflect on the deep sacrifice and bravery of Harriet Tubman and draw from her tremendous courage which continues to inspire our work today.”
About International Justice Mission:
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 21 program offices in 13 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor. IJM works to rescue and restore victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and help strengthen public justice systems. Learn more at IJM.org.