Monday, October 4, 2021, WASHINGTON, D.C. — International Justice Mission (IJM) welcomes Sharon Payt, Esq. as Vice President (VP) of U.S. Corporate and Government Partnerships. Payt brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience as a human rights advocate with a focus on advancing protections for people in poverty and marginalized communities, globally. Payt previously served in several prestigious roles including Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Criminal Justice, Regional Advocacy Director for World Vision International, and among lead Senate staff catalyzing the passage of the inaugural Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
As VP of U.S. Corporate and Government Partnerships at IJM, Payt will lead strategies to move multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies to champion the protection of those suffering violence and exploitation. Serving as a key IJM thought leader, she will also identify and drive new partnerships to advance the protection of vulnerable people.
“Sharon’s innovative leadership will strengthen IJM’s effectiveness and impact for those we serve,” said Philip Langford, President, IJM U.S. “She comes to this work deeply grounded in realities of those suffering violence and exploitation, and I can think of no better partner in the urgent work to rally the power, influence and resources of the U.S. Government and multi-national companies to their side.”
“I have experienced firsthand throughout my career the tremendous power held by corporations and the U.S. Government. I look forward to working with the IJM team to further unlock that influence and impact potential to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking and modern-day slavery,” said Payt.
About International Justice Mission:
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 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 www.IJM.org.