International Justice Mission (IJM) at Southwestern is a campus chapter of an international organization dedicated to fighting against human trafficking, illegal land seizure and violent sexual crimes in countries around the world. In many of these countries, justice is only for the rich. What sets IJM apart from other human rights organizations is that it uses the law to make structural changes to the countries in which they are located. They actually have undercover investigators who gather evidence; then they work with the authorities in that country to rescue or help the victims. They hold the perpetrator accountable and, finally, make sure that they help the victims get back on their feet. So, they're not just bandaging these problems, they're actually attempting to make a long-standing change in the judicial systems of these countries. For more info on IJM, visit www.ijm.org.
The goals of IJM at Southwestern are:
- To support our parent organization and their goals.
- To raise awareness about human rights issues, because many people are completely unaware.
- To provide information on how to get involved in the area of human rights law.
- To encourage students to utilize the law to make changes in the area of human rights, either here in America or abroad.
In addition to meetings, IJM at Southwestern hosts:
- Thursday Night Movie Nights to screen movies focused on human rights issues.
- Loose Change to Loosen Chains to collect money that goes directly towards freeing those who are currently in slavery all around the world.
- Careers in Human Rights Panel to hear from attorneys about the right career path.
- Letter Writing Campaign to encouraged students to sign postcards and encourage their Senators and Representatives to make human trafficking a larger part of their agenda.
- Global Prayer Gathering to meet with people from IJM's offices all over the world. They updated us on what they were doing and we also prayed for all the IJM offices.
- IJM Advocacy Day to meet with Senators and Representatives to ask them to support a new piece of legislation that will help fight slavery and human trafficking in specific countries
In Spring 2009, students Nicholas Garces, Danielle DeRose and Omote Ekwotafia were among 100 people from 25 states who took part in a day of advocacy organized by the International Justice Mission. Click here here to read the full story.