Together, we are ushering in a new era of protection, where people once vulnerable to the violence of trafficking and slavery can thrive in safety and freedom.
Because of supporters like you, in 2022 IJM partnered with government agencies and non-profit organizations to strengthen justice systems and protect people from violent crime. You are helping transform communities once defined by violence into places defined by freedom.
WITH YOUR HELP IN 2022, IJM AND OUR PARTNERS:
Victims from Violence and Oppression
Survivors to Safety and Stability
Perpetrators in Local Courts
Justice System Officials in Actively Addressing Cases of Violence
Community Members and other NGO Staff Trained to Recognize and Respond to Violence
Radical transformation only happens when we’re brave enough to try
When I look to the future, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for supporters like you who have already brought us so far. Your generosity has helped bring justice, safety, and security to so many people who once lived under the oppression of everyday violence.
Amid multiple crises that have disrupted so much of the world's progress, growth and hope, it is a great joy to continue diligently partnering with you to address the violence that affects those who fall outside the protection of the law. You are part of a global community of advocates, survivors and partners who have already helped bring rescue, protection and restoration to so many.
Looking back on all we’ve accomplished together, I feel an unshakeable sense of confidence that the future will be defined by freedom for 500 million children, women and men, because people like you worked tirelessly to ensure their safety and protection.
Anu George Canjanathoppil
Chief Executive Officer, IJM Canada
A GLIMPSE AT THE YEAR IN REVIEW
A six-year fight for justice ends in victory
After almost six years of an ongoing court case against the accused, three police officers and a civilian police informant were found guilty of killing our colleague Willie Kimani, IJM client Josephat Mwenda and our trusted driver Joseph Muiruri.
The trial led to widespread grassroots advocacy and government action which strengthened overall police accountability. Before this case, only two police officers were ever convicted of murder. Since then, over 40 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter, with hundreds more cases currently in court.
The guilty verdict became a significant moment for police accountability in Kenya. It sent a strong message to officers that they are not above the law and will no longer escape justice for their crimes.
“Happiness hubs” are a safe space for trafficked children to find help
“Happiness Hubs” are bright, colorful spaces where suspected victims of child trafficking are made to feel safe. In these hubs, children can read, play and rest while authorities can interview them in a trauma-informed environment.
The hubs were launched with support from IJM to help rescue children trafficked and transported through busy South Asian railway networks. When authorities had interviewed suspected victims in the past, the rooms used were small and dark. The cold environment made children feel unsafe, and less likely to share information that could lead to their rescue and protection.
Two hubs currently in operation have already served 51 boys and 11 girls throughout the process of their rescue.
Over 1,000 children rescued from online sexual exploitation as IJM Philippines celebrates a historic milestone
The very first cases of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) in the Philippines were reported in 2011. Since then, IJM has become a global leader in fighting this fast-growing crime. In September 2022, we exceeded over 1000 children rescued and removed from danger by the Philippine government in IJM-supported operations.