Target: International Justice Mission
Goal: Support IJM’s goal of releasing slaves and providing victim assistance and job training
Recently, International Justice Mission rescued 273 people from lives of slavery in their second-largest operation ever. In a rescue operation over two days, IJM worked with local authorities to release 91 families working in two brick factories. After an urgent call to IJM by a government official who had learned about the factories, the team drove through the pouring rain to the location of the facilities. With the government official at the head of the operation, IJM staff went into one of the cramped huts to find starving, battered families. The huts were so small the adults could not even stand. After learning that these strangers were here to help, the families pleaded for assistance, telling gruesome stories of abuse and exploitation. They began loading the families onto buses and dozens began pouring forth into the rain, desperate for their opportunity of freedom. They found the building next door, another brick factory, with an identical situation, and released those families as well. They were unable to keep count with the dozens of families rushing urgently into the buses, claiming their long-awaited freedom.
IJM and the government official worked tirelessly for the next few days to produce official paperwork for the families, freeing them and entitling them to government assistance. They are now being transported back to their home villages. IJM will continue to provide assistance so they will never be coerced into servitude again. 273 men, women, and children have had their dignity restored thanks to IJM.
IJM works tirelessly to find cases of human trafficking, rescue slaves, and provide aftercare and job training assistance to thousands of victims. Let them know how important their work is to you, and please stand with them and other nonprofits in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Dear Gary Haugen,
I would like to congratulate you and the International Justice Mission team for the recovery of 273 slaves from the brick factories in India, your second-greatest operation ever. These families were in desperate conditions, subjected to exploitation, fraud, and physical abuse, and were housed in tiny huts too small to stand in. I don’t need to emphasize to you the importance of this mission and the gratification of the 91 families you rescued.
Thank you for your tireless work to locate, rescue, and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. IJM shines a brilliant light of hope in a world of darkness. I look forward to seeing what comes next from IJM. Good luck with all your operations.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: International Justice Mission