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

As one of the world's largest international anti-slavery organisations, our mission is to work with authorities and partners to bring millions of people to safety, protect half a billion people, and make justice for people in poverty unstoppable.

How does IJM work?

IJM has 31 programme offices and nine advancement offices, and has a global office in Washington, DC. IJM partners with local authorities around the world to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are living in poverty. IJM works with police 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.

The IJM Theory of Change

We've seen slavery reduced by up to 86% in places where we've worked.

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 UK Board

Melanie Lane

Chair Person

Martin Greenslade


Anita Budu


Jo Rice


Christina Kumar


Colin Ross


Andy Griffiths

Regional President, Africa and Europe

Meet the IJM UK Leadership Team

David Westlake

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Heys

Chief Operating Officer

Molly Hodson

Chief Marketing and Public Engagement Officer

Andrew Bevan

Chief Advocacy and Impact Officer

Esther Swaffield

Chief Partnerships Officer

Meet the Founder of IJM

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 brought to safety 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.
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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