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International Justice Mission

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International Justice Mission

Today, right now, slavery is stealing the lives and hopes of millions of children and families around the world. The sad truth is that more people are trapped in slavery today than at any other time in history.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

International Justice Mission has been on the front lines fighting to protect the poor from violence such as slavery for almost 20 years.

By partnering with local authorities, NGOs and churches, every year IJM’s lawyers, investigators and social workers help to rescue & restore thousands of victims, secure the convictions of hundreds of criminals and protect millions by working to transform local justice systems so that they work for the poor.

IJM works to protect the poor all over the world, but here at ChristChurch we are particularly interested in the work they are doing in the Dominican Republic to help bring an end to the sex-trafficking of children.

The Field Office in the Dominican Republic may be one of IJM’s newest, only opening in 2013, but in its first 3 years it saw more convictions of sex traffickers and rescued more children from the sex trade then anyone had managed to do in the 10 years before its arrival combined.

ChristChurch London supports the Dominican Republic Field Office financially, but also through prayer and by writing letters of encouragement to the staff team.

If you would like to receive monthly prayer updates from the Field Office in DR, or would like to write a letter of encouragement and support, get in touch with Tim Frisby

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In 2016 the DR Field Office was involved in the rescue of 28 victims of sex trafficking, the restoration of 18 survivors, and the restraint of 16 traffickers and pimps. They also helped train 746 police, prosecutors, judges, social workers, partner organizations and community members to recognize and respond to sex-slavery. You can read the full report here.

In March of this year three girls were set free from sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic. Eleven-year-old Alania (not her real name) was rescued along with two sisters, and they are now safe at an aftercare shelter. IJM helped Dominican police arrest the suspect, who will be charged with human trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. You can read more about their story here.

DR Field Office Director Fernando Rodriguez spoke at the IJM Global Prayer Gathering last year. You can see his message here.

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Ted Talk by Gary Haugen, the founder of IJM
The Locust Effect, Gary Haugen
Good News about Injustice, Gary Haugen

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