I want to thank you for praying for me and the 250 advocates from 40 states who attended the International Justice Mission (IJM) Advocacy Summit in Washington DC last week. I had the opportunity to lobby Senator Richard Burr, Senator Kay Hagan, and three congressional offices (Congressman Melvin Watt, Congressman Richard Hudson, and Congressman George Holding) from North Carolina.
When people asked me why I attended the summit, my response was simple. I’m a woman privileged with opportunity as an American at this particular time in history when slavery is illegal across the world. I am also a mom of a little girl who is hopeful and full of joy. I cannot image the possibility of her life being stolen away by violence and slavery. When I hear the stories of little children who are suffering, I think of her and my compassion as both a Christian and a mom compels me to act.
I am glad so many others intentionally decided to act by heading to Washington DC last week. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from several IJM leaders, including the President and CEO of IJM, Gary Haugen. From a panel of leaders from Free the Slaves, World Vision, IJM, and Solidarity Center, we were also informed of success taking place through focused country models to combat slavery.
Know the Facts:
Slavery is not over!
TODAY, an estimated 27 million children, men and women are held as forced labor slaves.
TODAY, there are nearly 2 million children exploited in the sex trade.
The Good News:
Our God is Just!
Christ has come to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for prisoners, and recover sight for the blind. He has come to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).
The International Justice Mission is founded on Christian principles and its leaders are going to war against the violent demonic forces seeking to devour these precious human beings. (Since 1997, IJM and IJM-trained partners have relieved more than 16,000 women, children and men from oppression in the developing world. They do this ensuring that those in the public justice system are ethical, trained, resourced, and accountable to enforce the laws that protect the innocent in their local international communities – IJM 2017 Vision Fund Report.)
Like them, we have the same power and authority of the Holy Spirit to stand with God as redeemed sons and daughters in Christ to say, “NO MORE SLAVERY!”
Slavery is ending and you can be a part of the solution!
What You Can Do Right Now to Join the Movement:
Pray for the leaders of IJM, other organizations in this fight, workers in the State Department Trafficking in Persons Office, our political leaders as they vote on this issue and immigration reform (both issues are intrinsically connected), and the souls of those who are still trapped in slavery.
Like IJM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalJusticeMission
Follow IJM on Twitter: @IJMHQ
Download the IJM Mobile App for their latest news and action steps
Text “Freedom to 20222 to give $10
Save this number in your cell phone: Report Human Trafficking
1-888-373-7888. Be vigilant. Slaves are working all around us (yes, in the United States) as domestic servants, beggars, hair braiders, restaurant workers, janitors, workers in the hotel and tourist industry, sex slaves (including those coerced into prostitution).
Over the next few weeks and months, I will be providing other specific ways you can support the effort to end modern day slavery.
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2013