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About Us

Our mission is to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for the poor unstoppable.

International Justice Mission is the world's largest international anti-slavery organisation. We’re a team of undercover investigators, lawyers, social workers, advocates—and you.

We've seen slavery reduced by 86% in the communities that we've worked in. But we don’t stop there. Beyond slavery, we protect people in poverty from brutal violence.

Learn more about our work protecting the world's most vulnerable from violence.

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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 United Nations asked him to lead its investigation of the horrific genocide that engulfed Rwanda.

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.

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Watch Gary's TED Talk

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

Meet the UK Leadership Team

You Can 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 in our lifetime.

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

Your generous monthly support will send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and see their abusers in court.

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