Quest for justice

By Simon Barrow
July 28, 2009

International Justice Mission is a human rights organisation that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

IJM UK (http://www.ijmuk.org/) has a number of goals:

* to raise awareness of injustices in the world and how IJM responds
* to gather support, both of finances and prospective employees
* to form partnerships that strengthen and expand IJM’s global operations; and
* to engage Parliamentarians in the UK and across Europe with the aims of promoting functioning public justice systems and mobilising intervention on behalf of the oppressed.

IJM staff work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection for victims of injustice through implementation of national laws through local court systems.

IJM UK director Terry Tennens is a good friend of Ekklesia, and of mine. I had the privilege of working with him on 'fresh ways of being church' (the programme was called Building Bridges of Hope) when I was at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, between 1996 and 2005.

More about IJM here: http://www.ijmuk.org/

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