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Public Policy

Together, we can combat modern slavery.

IJM is working to increase access to justice, hold criminals accountable and reduce the prevalence of violence and exploitation. Government officials in the U.S. are uniquely positioned to create policies and foreign assistance programs that protect vulnerable people from these human rights abuses.

Congress, federal agencies and other policymakers can advance bipartisan funding and policy initiatives that disrupt cycles of modern slavery, exploitation and violence.

As a leader in the global fight against trafficking and violence, IJM brings an inside perspective to the challenges faced by governments, corporations and civil society in addressing these abuses. Our local teams in 17 countries partner with government and community leaders to rescue victims, restrain violent offenders and support survivors. The U.S. policy and advocacy team engages policymakers and their staff to share innovative solutions and proven intervention methods to address violence and exploitation that help inform policy and funding choices.


We advise on policy proposals and champion effective U.S. foreign assistance programs to expand protection under the rule of law and strengthen the response of public justice systems to these common forms of violence.

Learn more about our work around the globe.

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Tracking priority legislation

Champions in Congress lead the way to enact policies and fund programs that combat human trafficking and violence against vulnerable children, women and men around the world. See where U.S. legislators rank.

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Meet the Public Policy team

Contact us to discuss policy proposals and legislative opportunities to address trafficking and violence, including forced labor in supply chains, online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) and gender-based violence.

  • Sharon Payt

    Vice President, Corporate and Government Partnerships

  • Nate King

    Director of U.S. Congressional Affairs

  • Melanie French

    Senior Lead for Advocacy Campaigns & Communications

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