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Our work

Where does IJM work?

IJM currently has ongoing operations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, India, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand.

IJM’s international headquarters is located in Washington D.C. IJM UK is one of five partner offices that support IJM’s global mission.

Does IJM take on casework in the UK?

Though injustice certainly exists in the UK, we (and other countries in the developed world) benefit from a mature legal system that generally provides effective redress for abuse. This is not the case for IJM’s clients in the developing world, whose justice systems do not effectively protect them or give them access to the justice they deserve.

How do I report a case?

If you believe to know of a case of abuse in one of the countries where IJM works, please email contact@ijm.org with as much information about the situation as possible. We will examine the case and let you know if it is something we can assist with.

If you believe to know of a case of human trafficking or slavery within the UK, please contact the Modern Slavery helpline by phoning 08000 121 700. For other cases of violence or exploitation within the UK, contact your local police department either on 999 if they are in immediate danger or 101 to report an ongoing local concern. Other numbers you could consider calling include:

  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
  • UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC): 0844 778 2406
  • Police Anti Trafficking: 0800 783 2589
  • NSPCC (for children): 0800 107 7057
  • Salvation Army Ministry of Justice (for adults): 0300 303 8151

I think I may have seen someone who is a victim of trafficking. What do I do?

The police make it clear that if a member of the public believes to have discovered a victim of trafficking, they should under no circumstances attempt to intervene themselves. Instead individuals ought to refer to the appropriate authorities, using the phone numbers above, and allow the professional and trained authorities to respond accordingly.

It is, however, helpful and encouraged for members of the public to keep an eye out for signs that might indicate that someone has been trafficked, in order to report it to the authorities. General indicators of exploitation include:

  • Not free to come and go as he/she wishes
  • Under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours, with few breaks
  • Is transported to and from work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations
  • Is fearful, anxious, submissive, nervous/paranoid, avoiding eye contact
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behaviour, particularly towards the authorities
  • Poor physical health, including malnourishmnet or signs of physical/sexual abuse
  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money or identification documents
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or where they live
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

Why is IJM not active in all countries where human rights abuses occur?

IJM’s efforts to fight injustice are primarily limited by its financial resources. However, in certain countries, government or legal structures do not currently make IJM’s casework model feasible. Our model of repairing broken justice systems does not work in the absence of any justice system – this prevents IJM from being most effective in war zones, for example.

Can I visit one of IJM’s field offices?

It is now possible to request to visit one of our Field Offices around the world, should you be travelling nearby. We wish to be mindful of how our staff use their time; please note, therefore, that the visits can often only be short and often include joining the team for their daily time of prayer and a short tour or meeting. If you would like to request to visit a Field Office, please complete this request form.

Can I interview an IJM staff member?

IJM staff are available for media interviews; go to [media page] for more information. But due to the high demand, we are unable to provide interviews for students.

Giving

What is the charitable registration number for IJM UK?

The charitable registration number for IJM UK is 1099126

Can Gift Aid be claimed on my gift?

The Gift Aid scheme allows us to claim back 25p from HMRC for every £1 that you donate to us at no extra cost to you. To enable us to claim Gift Aid on your donation we ask you to complete a declaration which you can do on the donation page itself or by completing and returning a Gift Aid Form. A completed Gift Aid declaration covers all donations including one off payments and regular donations. Your declaration will be applied to any donations that you may have made to IJM UK over the past four years and any donations you make in the future. Your donations are eligible for the scheme if you are a UK taxpayer and you are currently paying Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax that is at least equal to the amount of tax reclaimed by all charities that you donate to, for each tax year. Please let us know if you have made donations to us but have not been a UK taxpayer in this period. You are entitled to cancel your Gift Aid declaration at any time. Should you choose not to Gift Aid your donations or if you stop paying tax, please let us know and we can take your donations out of the Gift Aid scheme.

Do you take monthly payments by Direct Debit?

We are not able to take Direct Debits but we gratefully receive many donations via Bank Standing Order or monthly payments via PayPal.

A Standing Order form can be set up between your bank and IJM UK if you would like to make regular donations monthly, quarterly or annually.  You can either contact your bank direct to set up a Standing Order (using the details on the form - see link to the right) or fill in this form and return to us. We will then contact your bank on your behalf using the completed and signed completed Standing Order form. Any changes to your Standing Order must be communicated by you, direct to your bank.

You can also set up regular or one-off donations via PayPal. PayPal charge a percentage fee for all donations taken in this way so the amount coming to IJM UK is less than you give. You are able to make direct changes to your donations through your PayPal account but IJM UK is unable to make any amendments to your payments other than cancellations or refunds.

Please be aware that the card you have assigned to your PayPal account will have an expiry date. Once this date is reached any regular donations will stop and will need to be re-started.

Can I give without paying online?

If you would like to give by cheque then please send your donation (cheque payable) to IJM UK to: IJM, PO Box 12251, Witham, CM8 9BX.

If you are able to Gift Aid your donation (see above) then please send a completed Gift Aid declaration with your donation.

If you would prefer to make a direct bank transfer or set up a Standing Order to IJM UK, then you can do so using the instructions in the section above.

How do I change the amount of my monthly gift?

If you have set up a Standing Order then please contact your bank direct to make any changes to your donation. If you have set up donations via PayPal then please log into your PayPal account to make any changes. IJM UK is unable to make any changes on your behalf.

How do I cancel my monthly gift?

If you have set up a Standing Order then please contact your bank direct to cancel your donation. If you have set up donations via PayPal then please log into your PayPal account to cancel the donation or notify IJM UK by emailing giving@ijmuk.org to request that your PayPal donations be cancelled.

I give to IJM monthly. Do I get a confirmation of my donation each month?

IJM UK will send confirmation of receipt of your monthly donations after your first, initial gift. You will also receive regular updates on IJM’s work around the world throughout the year. However, due to our efforts to save costs, we do not send confirmation thereafter for each following month’s donation. We are, however, continually grateful for your ongoing support!

How can I support IJM’s work in a specific country or a specific kind of casework?

Each year, IJM UK decides which specific IJM field offices around the world the UK office will support. If you would like to discuss any restriction on your gift then please contact us by emailing giving@ijmuk.org to discuss your donation further.

Where do you get your funding?

IJM UK receives funding from individual donors, churches, community organisations, corporations, law firms, government agencies and foundations.

How can I be sure you are investing my money wisely?

An outside accounting firm conducts an annual audit of IJM UK’s finances. In addition, an all-volunteer Board of Directors sets policies and procedures and monitors the budget and expenditures. IJM UK is a registered charity and company and also a member of The Fundraising Standards Board. We are therefore committed to financial responsibility, accountability and transparency (read our fundraising promise). You may also view our recent annual reports.

Fundraising

How do I set up a fundraising page?

IJM UK is registered with Virgin Money Giving and asks all fundraisers to use our Virgin Money Giving page as a tool to enable fundraising.

Can I use the IJM logo and/or photos?

We are happy for you to use our logo, but ask that you contact us so we can ensure to send you the correct files with the necessary guidelines. Similarly, you can use IJM photos, but we would again ask that you contact us with details of the type of photo(s) you're looking for, so we can supply you with the best ones for your event.

Can IJM promote my event or help me advertise my event?

We appreciate every effort our supporters make to financially support the work of IJM. Due to the great interest among our supporters to organise events, we can only assist in your planning by answering questions and providing resources (information, literature, speakers, banners etc). However, we do not assist with advertising and do not solicit our constituents to purchase products not distributed by IJM UK or to attend events not managed by IJM UK.

Will IJM feature my event or activity in their communications?

IJM gladly supports the initiatives of our constituents and would love to feature your efforts through our social media. As much as possible, we prefer to include photos, so please take plenty of photos and send them to us after your event.

Can I secure media coverage for my event?

We are happy for you to try and seek media coverage on your own. Do get in touch with IJM UK if an opportunity arises, as we would love to support you in this. However, we cannot promise that a member of IJM will be available for any interviews. Should an opportunity arise, please contact us.

Internships

Where is the IJM office located in the UK?

For security reasons, we cannot provide our full office address. However, our office is located in Witham, Essex.

Can international applicants apply?

Absolutely. Over the years we have had many international interns serve with our UK office. Individuals from the EU still currently have a Right to Work with their EU passport. For applicants outside the EU, a visa is required. We are able to provide sponsorship for a one-year Tier 5 charity visa for successful applicants, to enable them to come to the UK for up to a year.

Are UK internships paid?

Our UK internships are completely voluntary and unpaid, but we do offer some financial assistance towards travel and subsistence. What expenses we can cover is subject to the intern’s personal circumstances, but is up to a maximum of £250 per month. Interns are responsible for covering the remaining costs involved.

Unfortunately, we do not currently provide any funding for our short-term summer internships.

When is the training week in the US?

Our Headquarters in the US hold its training week three times a year, in January, June and September. The exact dates for each varies year-to-year, but are often in the first week of the given month, and last for four days (Monday - Thursday).

I cannot commit to 9-12 months. Can I still apply?

Due to the nature of our internship positions, we ask that people do commit to between 9 and 12 months for our main internship programme.

However, we also offer a summer internship option. Applicants will need to be available over the summer holidays, between June and September, and ideally commit to between 8 and 10 weeks. Click here to find out more.

Alternatively, our Headquarters in the US do offer shorter 3-month internships. Find out more here.

Why do I have to submit a statement of faith? Can I apply if I am not a Christian?

IJM is a global team of Christian lawyers, social workers, investigators, community activists and professionals. IJM staff, interns and volunteers are all motivated by God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for the oppressed. A core element of our work in seeking justice is to gather together daily to pray that God would intervene in our work. Furthermore, IJM’s staff intentionally draw strength and unity from a common commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ and from shared spiritual practices designed to help us live out those teachings in an authentic way.

As a basis for our shared faith, IJM asks that all interns who are volunteering to serve with IJM subscribe to the Apostles creed. We therefore ask that you submit a Statement of Faith as part of your application in support of this requirement.

What hours do interns work?

In the UK, interns work a 35-hour week, Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Whilst it varies for each position, there may be occasions where interns are asked to work evenings or weekends for a particular event, but time off in lieu is awarded in these instances. Interns are entitled to 20 working days annual leave, in addition to public holidays and staff retreats, which is pro-rata’d if the intern works less than 12 months.

Can I do an internship without relocating to Witham?

IJM UK is always looking for individuals to serve remotely, to help expand our reach and impact across the UK. We therefore offer the option of a Regional Development Internship. The nature of these internships vary to our other positions, with individuals working from home, and therefore require candidates to be self-started and able to manage their own time and work.

Due to the nature of these internships, we are always open to receiving applications for remote internships. There is, therefore, no set deadlines for applications or a start date. But we would still ask interns to commit to between 9 and 12 months.

Does IJM UK provide housing for interns?

We do our best to secure housing opportunities for our interns, drawing on some of the local contacts and supporters we have in Essex. We will make initial introductions, but it is up to the intern to explore the option(s) and come to an agreement directly with the family or landlord. We cannot, however, provide any guarantee as to the arrangement or to finding housing. Ultimately, the responsibility is on the intern(s) to secure their own housing arrangements.

Do I need any prior experience in human rights or law?

No, we look instead for experience relevant to the role for which you are applying, such as administration or communications.