International Justice Mission

aka IJM   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ijm.org

Mission

To protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. Our long-term vision is to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for the poor unstoppable.

Ruling year info

1995

CEO

Mr. Gary Haugen

Main address

PO Box 58147

Washington, DC 20037 USA

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EIN

54-1722887

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, more children, women and men are held in slavery than were taken out of Africa over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. Experts estimate that nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life, and trafficking in humans is estimated to generate profits of $150 billion per year. Slave owners and other criminals often prey on and exploit the most vulnerable—the poor, the young, and those from disadvantaged, marginalized communities—because law enforcement and justice systems do not effectively protect or fight for them. Established laws are rarely enforced in the developing world, so criminals continue to enslave and abuse the poor without fear or accountability. In the face of this epidemic of violence, IJM brings the protection of the law to vulnerable children, women and men by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Justice System Transformation

The amount of injustice in the world is staggering. Common criminal violence—like slavery, sex trafficking, rape, police brutality and land theft—is an everyday threat to the poor. It’s as much a part of daily life as hunger, disease or homelessness.

Violence devastates millions of impoverished children, women and men in communities where their justice systems don’t protect them. Established laws are rarely enforced in the developing world—so criminals continue to rape, enslave, traffic and abuse the poor without fear or accountability.

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence across the developing world. Our global team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals. We partner with local authorities and work to protect the poor by:

RESCUING VICTIMS: We collaborate with local authorities to rescue victims from ongoing violence and bring them to safety.

RESTORING SURVIVORS: We join with social workers to restore survivors to safety through counseling, education and skills training.

BRINGING CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE: We partner with police to restrain criminals, traffickers and slave owners from hurting others.

STRENGTHING JUSTICE SYSTEMS: We identify gaps in the systems that protect the poor, and then work with police and courts to address those challenges.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

IJM seeks to fuel a global justice movement by drawing the world's attention to violence against the poor, expanding the number of people and institutions engaged in the fight for justice, influencing leaders in all sectors to become champions for protecting the poor, and mobilizing all people of goodwill to band together to end slavery, once and for all.
Highlighted as one of 10 non-profits "making a difference” by U.S. News and World Report, IJM’s effective model has been recognized by the U.S. State Department, the World Economic Forum and leaders around the globe, as well as featured by Forbes, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Phnom Penh Post, The Times of India, National Public Radio, CNN, and Christianity Today, among many other outlets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2019

Charity Navigator 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of victims rescued by IJM and trained partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Justice System Transformation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We collaborate with local authorities to rescue victims from ongoing violence and bring them to safety.

Number of criminals convicted in local courts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Justice System Transformation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We partner with local police to restrain criminals, and we work alongside prosecutors to represent survivors of violence in court, no matter how long justice takes.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Justice System Transformation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We train and mentor justice system officials to protect the poor from violence, and we equip local community members to understand violent crimes and how to stop them.

Survivors and their family members currently receiving aftercare services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Justice System Transformation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We join with social workers to restore survivors of violence to safety and strength.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through over 20 years of field work, IJM staff have witnessed that in developing countries, violence is as much a part of poverty as hunger, disease or homelessness. When basic criminal justice systems are too broken and corrupt to protect the poor, this predatory violence persists unchecked. Criminals know they can rape, enslave, traffic and abuse the poor without fear of police, courts or the law. By stopping criminals and fixing the broken systems so the entire community is safer, we empower families to build better lives for themselves and their children. Additionally, we seek to fuel a global movement of individuals, churches, governments and other institutions engaged in this fight for justice. IJM seeks to change the way the world understands and addresses global poverty and violence against the poor – providing hope and practical solutions to the problem of violence in order to secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.

In the communities where we work, we focus on a specific form of violence plaguing the poor. As we defend individual victims, we learn where the justice system is failing to provide protection—and we develop comprehensive plans to partner with local authorities on ways to improve it. Our day-to-day field operations consist of four strategies to combat violence: 1) RESCUE VICTIMS: We help local authorities find individuals and families suffering from violence and bring them to safety; 2) BRING CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE: We work in local courts to ensure traffickers and other criminals are prosecuted and restrained from hurting others; 3) RESTORE SURVIVORS: We provide trauma therapy and counseling to survivors of violence and give survivors education, training and tools to thrive; 4) STRENGTHEN JUSTICE SYSTEMS: We identify gaps in the systems that protect the poor, and then work with police and courts to address these challenges.

For more than 20 years, IJM global teams have been on the front lines fighting some of the worst forms of violence in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia. More than 920 IJM staff work through 19 field offices to help combat violence—95% of whom are nationals of the countries where they work. One of IJM’s core values—and the key capacity on which our mission rests—is our ability to build bridges with others. IJM works with government and law enforcement officials, local community-based organizations, and aftercare partners to rescue victims of injustice, restrain criminals, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. We have also developed rigorous monitoring and evaluation to assess whether our programs are effectively protecting the poor, and how to improve them even more.

IJM is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and complies with standards set by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

More than 49,000 people have been rescued from violent oppression by IJM and IJM-trained partners. In addition to these individual victims, as a result of IJM's work, justice systems in the communities we have worked are holding criminals accountable and protecting the poor right from the start. For example, in 2006, IJM initiated a Gates Foundation-funded operation called Project Lantern in Cebu, the Philippines, to test a powerful question: When laws are enforced and criminals held accountable, are fewer children exploited in sex trafficking? After four years of IJM's partnership with the justice system, independent auditors found a stunning 79% decrease in the availability of children being sold for sex in Metro Cebu. As a result of Project Lantern, thousands of children in Metro Cebu will never be victims of sexual exploitation. Based on this successful model, IJM measured similarly massive reductions in children being exploited in other project areas in the Philippines in 2016.

As IJM brings cases through the local justice system in the communities where we work, our teams are able to diagnose where the justice system is failing to protect the poor. By leveraging this knowledge and building relationships of goodwill with justice system officials, IJM is able to design programs that will dramatically improve the justice system’s ability to protect vulnerable people. Today, through this protective effect of our work, IJM is helping the justice systems in the communities where we work protect more than 150 million vulnerable people from experiencing violence.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Justice Mission

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Marc Allen

Boeing International

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission

Eric Asche

Truth Initiative

Nicholas Sensley

Cross Sector Solutions LLC

Patty Sison-Arroyo

Ateneo Law School

Marc Allen

Boeing International

Linda Ranz

Amazon (Former)

James Peters

Hadrian Manufacturing Inc. (Former)

James Abraham

SolarArise

Rachel Brand

Wal-Mart

Melanie Lane

NewMotion Shell

Nicole Bibbins-Sedaca

Georgetown University

Ruth Okediji

Harvard University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/2/2021,

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