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International Justice Mission (IJM) is an international, non-governmental 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, evangelical organization focused on human rights, laws and law enforcement. It is currently the world's largest anti-slavery organization.
IJM combats violence including sex trafficking, forced labor slavery, illegal property grabbing, police abuse of power, child sexual assault, and citizenship rights abuse. The bulk of IJM's work focuses on sex trafficking. The organization's participation in high-profile raids of brothels and close coordination with third world police agencies have engendered criticism from human rights and sex worker organizations over its mission and tactics.
IJM was founded and is headquartered in Washington, DC. It has 18 field offices in Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia. IJM employs 600+ full-time staff globally.
International Justice Mission was founded as a faith-based non-profit in 1997 by lawyer Gary Haugen. For its first case, the organization helped lead to the arrest of a rape suspect in Manila, Philippines.
In 1998, IJM claimed to help rescue more than 700 people; In addition to helping clients with legal representation, Haugen decided his organization could make a bigger impact by collaborating with governments to help improve legal systems in developing countries. IJM cites the Bible verse Isaiah 1:17 as one of their core commitments.