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About International Justice Mission UK

As the world's largest international anti-slavery organisation, our mission is to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for people in poverty unstoppable.

International Justice Mission is a global organisation that protects people in poverty from violence.

IJM partners with local authorities in 24 programme offices in 14 countries* to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are in poverty. IJM works to bring victims of violence and abuse to safety and protection, hold perpetrators accountable, and help local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

We've seen slavery reduced by 86% in the communities that we've worked in.

But we don’t stop there. Beyond slavery, IJM and our partners protect people in poverty from violence. We collaborate with local authorities to build communities where all people can expect to be safe and protected.

Here's a closer look at IJM

IJM in the UK

IJM UK is part of IJM’s global justice movement working to end slavery in our lifetime and protect people in poverty from violence. Founded in 2006, IJM UK utilises our global expertise and experience to engage UK government, businesses, churches and activists in the fight to stop slavery and violence, both globally and locally.

Meet the Founder

Gary Haugen

IJM’s founder Gary Haugen was a human rights lawyer working for the U.S. Department of Justice when the UN asked him to lead its investigation of the Rwandan genocide.

As Gary dug through mass graves and massacre sites, he remembers being struck by the terrible truth: the Rwandans who had perished in the violence “did not need someone to bring them a sermon, or food, or a doctor, or a teacher, or a microloan. They needed someone to restrain the hand with the machete, and nothing else would do.”

Watch Gary's TED talk

Compelled by the urgent needs he saw and inspired by his faith, Gary envisioned a new kind of human rights organisation: a group that would leverage the skills of criminal justice professionals to protect the poor from violent oppression.

Gary left his job and launched International Justice Mission in 1997. He and a small team took on cases of desperate violence where impoverished victims could not depend on their justice systems to defend them.

Watch Gary's Ted Talk

They met with obstacles and challenges. They faced disbelief that broken public justice systems could ever protect poor children, women and men. But slowly, the team saw their vision begin to take hold: rapists went to jail for assaulting impoverished children; families were freed from generations of slavery; young girls were rescued from the traffickers who sold them for sex.

Today, we've seen entire communities transformed.

Watch Gary's TED talk

Gary has been recognised by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honour given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership.

Watch Gary's TED Talk

Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.

Meet the IJM UK Leadership Team

David Westlake

Chief Executive Officer, UK

Jennifer Heys

Operations Director

Molly Hodson

Director of Marketing and External Affairs

Andrew Bevan

Scotland Director

Esther Swaffield

England Director

Hannah Elliott

Northern Ireland Director

Meet the UK Board

Melanie Lane

Chair Person

Raj Parker

Martin Greenslade


Amy Owen

Jo Rice

Andy Griffiths

Andrew Legg

You Can Help Send Rescue Today.

When you give a gift today, you’ll be fighting slavery, violence, and injustice across the globe. Together, we can end slavery and violence in our lifetime.

You can make the most impact as a Freedom Partner today.

Your generous monthly support will help send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and have perpetrators held accountable.


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