GUATEMALA CITY – Delmi Ramírez addresses the women sitting at the table around her: "Every woman here is a brave woman." The 20 women gathered around the table – many still in their work clothes – watch her carefully. Some look down, not used to hearing this kind of encouragement. Delmi, IJM Guatemala's Director of Aftercare, leads this meeting once a month for mothers of children who have been sexually abused.
On November 27, 2012, IJM President Gary Haugen was honored for his leadership in the fight against slavery by the U.S. State Department at a private reception that also served as the U.S. premiere of the new anti-slavery film Journey to Freedom.
The reception held in Haugen's honor brought together leaders from the U.S. State Department, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
On September 4, friends of IJM made at least 2,399 phone calls urging their Senators to pass the most important piece of human rights legislation of our day: the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). I say “at least” 2,399 because that is how many calls were logged on IJM’s Justice Campaigns website, but many others probably called—and asked their friends and relatives to do the same. Together, we reached 98 Senate offices!