MANILA, PHILIPPINES – International Justice Mission (IJM), a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence, welcomed OneRepublic to their office in the Philippines which combats online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), the live-streaming sexual exploitation of children viewed over the internet.
The band composed of vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown, bassist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher and keyboardist Brian Willett spent time learning about the efforts of the Philippine government, law enforcement partners, IJM and other like-minded organizations to eradicate OSEC. They met with several key leaders and stakeholders in the Philippines to understand the global nature of this crime and the multi-prong approach needed from both the public and private sectors to intervene, and the band also experienced the courage and restoration of survivors through a “Day of Hope.” These survivors of commercial sexual exploitation of children and OSEC shared a common language with the band – music – performing songs for one another and ending the day with an impromptu musical collaboration.
In an interview with social media influencer Amanda Griffin-Jacob, who has also committed to support the fight against OSEC, Tedder described the crime as, “the darkest and most devious form of child molestation and exploitation in the world.” Through the band’s trip and public sharing about their experience, they are helping shine a spotlight on the issue and educate the public about the dark, hidden and often overlooked crime.
Samson Inocencio, National Director of IJM Philippines, said, “It’s very easy for us to be consumed, overwhelmed and immobilized by OSEC, but fighting the horrific crime takes individuals caring at all levels of society. We were honored that OneRepublic would share and educate their audiences that modern-day slavery still exists and together we can work to combat it.”
About International Justice Mission:
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 19 program offices in 11 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. IJM’s work has been recognized by the U.S. State Department, the World Economic Forum and leaders around the globe, as well as featured by The Guardian, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC and CNN, among many others.