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What is the charitable registration number for IJM Canada?

The charitable registration number (or business number) for International Justice Mission Canada is 86388 9283 RR0001.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

All donations made to IJM Canada are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and most gifts are eligible to receive a tax receipt. For more information on which donations qualify for an official donation receipt, please visit Canada Revenue Agency's website.

Where can I mail a cheque?

Please mail your gift to:
International Justice Mission Canada, PO Box 336, Stn B, London, ON N6A 4W1.

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes, you will receive an official receipt for contributions made online or sent via mail, phone or fax. Please feel free to contact our Constituent Services team any time at giving@ijm.ca with any questions regarding your donation or your receipt.

How can I support IJM's work in a specific area of the world or a specific kind of casework?

If you have a specific interest in the work of one of our projects you can make that selection when you give online or include a note with your donation. We always appreciate designations to our Urgent Needs so that IJM Canada can deploy its resources most effectively.

How can I help raise money for IJM?

When friends of IJM Canada create/host/promote any type of activity that helps raise awareness and funds for the work of justice, we call it a Just Act. Whether you would like to hold a concert, a car wash, or do another unique activity, visit our Just Act page for useful ideas and materials.

Where do you get your funding?

IJM Canada is funded by individuals, foundations, companies, churches, and schools. Recent annual reports on IJM's funding are available here.

How can I be sure you are investing my support wisely?

An outside accounting firm conducts an annual audit of IJM Canada. In addition, an all-volunteer Board of Directors sets policies and procedures and monitors the budget and expenditures. IJM Canada is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) and the Better Business Bureau to ensure that IJM is a good steward of the resources entrusted to us. You may also view recent financial documents on our website.

How do I update the amount of my monthly gift?

Please feel free to send your updated amount to giving@ijm.ca or by calling 1-877-579-5030. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.

How do I cancel my monthly gift?

Please feel free to cancel by e-mailing giving@ijm.ca or by calling 1-877-579-5030. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.

I am a monthly supporter and need to update my giving information. How can I make those changes?

Please contact IJM Canada's Constituent Services team to make any changes to your personal information, including changes to your credit card and banking information. You can contact us toll-free at 1-877-579-5030 x245 or email giving@ijm.ca. Our offices are open Mon. - Fri., 9:00am to 5:00pm EST.

I am already giving monthly to IJM - do I automatically become a Freedom Partner?

Monthly donors giving $31 or more are automatically rolled into the Freedom Partner program.

Can I set up a monthly automatic contribution through my bank?

This is a great option. Just print off the enrollment form from our website (click here to access the form) and mail it with a void cheque to IJM Canada, PO Box 336, Stn B, London, ON N6A 4W1.

Can I give via cheque each month?

This is also a great option. Complete the enrollment form and mail it with your first cheque, or series of post-dated cheques, to IJM Canada, PO Box 336, Stn B, London, ON N6A 4W1.

At this time, I can only give $15 each month. Can I still become a Freedom Partner?

While the Freedom Partner program is for IJM Canada supporters giving $31 or more each month, we are deeply grateful for your support at any level.

When will I receive a donation receipt for my monthly gift?

When a donor commences monthly giving, we make a notation in our records to issue a consolidated receipt at the end of the year for the total amount of gifts in the year. You will receive your receipt within eight weeks of the end of the year.

Any gifts given online will automatically receive an electronic receipt. Other individual gifts will be individually receipted in our office and sent via postal mail. If you are not a monthly supporter but would still like to receive one consolidated receipt at the end of the year, please forward this request to giving@ijm.ca.

Where is the IJM Canada office located?

The IJM Canada office is located in downtown London, Ont.

Are IJM Canada internships paid?

Internship positions are unpaid. We encourage applicants to view the internship as an opportunity to gain professional skills in preparation for their career or further studies. You may raise funds to cover the cost of your travel to London, Ont. and certain monthly expenses during the internship, if your home is not in London or the surrounding area. Since IJM Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, Canadian tax payers who donate to the internship program can receive a tax-deductible receipt from IJM Canada.

How long are IJM Canada internships?

IJM Canada internships are four months in length and typically run from January-April, May-August and September-December depending on the current needs in the office.

What are the education requirements for an IJM Canada internship?

Applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study; most positions are filled by students entering their senior year of college or by recent graduates.

What is the Statement of Faith that I need to submit with my application?

IJM Canada requires all interns to possess a mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles' Creed. The Statement of Faith should include a statement of your beliefs and some details about what your faith means to you personally.

What are the spiritual formation activities that IJM Canada offers?

IJM staff members and interns join together daily for a corporate prayer time. IJM Canada also practices a half hour of morning stillness (from 8.30-9.00am) each day; interns are encouraged to participate in this time but are not required to do so. Interns also join with IJM Canada staff during a quarterly prayer retreat, a day when IJM pauses for extended prayer, reflection, fellowship and worship.  

 

Who will supervise me during my internship?

Each intern will be supervised by someone in their department who will give assignments, monitor projects and provide assistance, support and feedback.

What hours do interns and fellows work?

IJM Canada interns work a 37.5-hour workweek, Monday–Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Interns receive five personal days per session, in addition to staff holidays and retreats. Schedules may be adjusted for academic commitments.

What is the dress code at IJM Canada?

The dress code is business casual.

Does IJM Canada accept non-Canadian citizens or residents into their internship program?

At this time, IJM Canada does not accept non-Canadian citizens or residents into our internship program. One of the goals of our internships is to develop interns who can educate Canadians about IJM's work beyond the four months that they serve in our London office. This allows us to maximize the impact of our internships so that interns will continue to build momentum for IJM in Canada.

Can I do an internship without relocating to London?

At this time, we only have Canadian internship opportunities in our London, Ont. head office. We require interns to work in our office in order to become better immersed in the work of IJM and provide an opportunity to become an integral part of the IJM Canada team.

Does IJM Canada provide housing for IJM Canada interns?

IJM Canada does not have designated intern housing. There is no set requirement for where you live; it is based entirely on availability and personal preference. Cost of living varies due to personal preferences. As IJM Canada is located close to the Western University campus, there are often opportunities to sublet in the summer internship months. IJM Canada's downtown location makes commuting by bus a possibility.

What training does IJM Canada provide?

The program begins with a required week of orientation held at IJM headquarters in Washington, D.C. The sessions are led by IJM's senior leadership and staff. During this time, interns will learn about IJM's history, spiritual foundations, corporate philosophies, legal and investigative strategies and current global operations. Further orientation takes place at the IJM Canada offices at the beginning of the internship to allow incoming interns to familiarize themselves with various staff and their role in the organization.

Do I need any prior experience or related coursework in human rights or international law?

Although prior experience or related coursework is preferable, prior coursework in this area is not mandatory.

Can IJM Canada help me plan my event?

To help you plan your event we have some great resources available to you. Please CLICK HERE to access them. Due to the great interest among our supporters in organizing events to raise funds for IJM, we are not able to provide planning assistance beyond answering questions and providing resources. If you need further assistance or have additional questions, please contact us at engage@ijm.ca.

If my company donates to IJM Canada, can IJM Canada's website link to my company's site?

Although we appreciate the generosity of companies and small businesses donating proceeds to IJM Canada, we do not offer this service due to the high volume of requests.

Can IJM Canada help me advertise my event? Can IJM Canada promote my product or company?

We appreciate every effort our supporters make to help us reach our goals (including the donation of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of products). However, we do not assist with advertising and do not solicit our constituents to purchase products not distributed by IJM Canada, or to attend events not managed by IJM Canada.

Can IJM Canada help secure media coverage for my event?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide media relations assistance for events you are planning, but please feel free to seek coverage on your own.  If someone from a local media outlet requests to interview an IJM Canada staff member, please e-mail info@ijm.ca to set this up.

What does IJM mean by collaborative casework?

IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities in the countries in which they work. Working independently of government authorities is not an effective long-term strategy to ensure that the poor are protected from oppressors. Rather, a functioning government is the best hope for lasting change that protects the poor from oppression.

Often, abuse against vulnerable individuals persists because of weaknesses in a country's justice system. By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice.

What does IJM mean by "structural transformation?

IJM seeks to impact the structures that allow abuse to occur in order to create lasting change, protecting vulnerable individuals from future victimization.

IJM pursues structural transformation by reducing the vulnerability of at-risk populations and providing training that empowers local authorities to stop abuse in their jurisdictions. IJM works in local communities to build social demand for professional, responsive law enforcement and judicial systems as well as build the capacity of those agencies to respond to injustice.

Pursuing perpetrator accountability also creates a strong deterrent effect for future abuse: Most perpetrators of injustice against the poor do so because they believe they will not be held accountable for their actions. Perpetrators who choose to victimize the poor simply because it appears that they can are not brave people. Even a small number of convictions can have a large impact on reducing oppression, as would-be perpetrators adjust their behaviour when the likelihood of being brought to justice and facing a potential jail sentence becomes too high.

Where does IJM work?

IJM currently has ongoing operations in Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Ghana, Dominican Republic, and South Asia.

IJM's international headquarters is located in Washington, D.C. IJM Canada is one of five national affiliates of IJM that support the mission and vision of IJM, and contribute resources to its work around the world: IJM Canada, IJM UK, IJM Germany, IJM Netherlands and IJM Australia.

What is a "Casework Alliance"?

"Casework Alliance" (CWA) describes the partnership between IJM and an independent indigenous organization whereby IJM provides financial, tactical and technical support, and maintains close relationships with the leadership and staff. IJM currently maintains Casework Alliances with Peace and Hope (Paz y Esperanza) in Peru and Ecuador.

Does IJM Canada take casework in Canada?

IJM Canada does not take casework in Canada, due to its mission of making under-functioning public justice systems work for the poor in the developing world.

Though injustice certainly exists in Canada, Canadians (and citizens of other countries in the developed world) benefit from a mature legal system that generally provides effective redress for abuse. This is not the case for IJM's clients in the developing world.

Why is IJM not active in all countries where human rights abuses occur?

IJM's efforts to fight injustice are primarily limited by its financial resources. However, in certain countries, government or legal structures do not currently make IJM's casework methods feasible. IJM's casework model of repairing broken justice systems does not work in the absence of any justice system – this prevents IJM from being most effective in war zones, for example. However, there are many other excellent NGOs that do courageous and valuable work in such situations.

What is IJM's relationship with local governments and NGOs?

IJM Canada is a non-partisan, non-governmental, registered charitable organization. IJM operates with the governmental approval and acknowledgment in all countries in which it is active, and depends on local government and NGO partners to work successfully.

What happens to a victim after IJM intervenes in their case?

IJM partners with other local organizations and government agencies to ensure that the victims are provided with the care they need in the aftermath of abuse. Examples include:

  • Homes for girls rescued from commercial sexual exploitation when they are unable to return to their families;
  • Micro-enterprise opportunities for adults released from slavery so that they can support themselves;
  • Post-trauma counselling for victims of sexual violence; and
  • Post-incarceration counselling for victims of illegal detention.

 

I am an attorney and would like to help with the work of IJM. What can I do?

Although IJM's casework usually requires specialized legal and investigative skills, we often encounter projects that are ideal for volunteer professional assistance. In the past, IJM has received pro bono assistance from law firms willing to contribute their services for casework. For more information on having your law firm partner with IJM in casework, please email info@ijm.ca with your contact information, the name of your firm, and your firm's areas of expertise.

Do Canadian and American attorneys represent clients in court in overseas?

In most of the countries where IJM works, Canadian and American attorneys cannot represent clients in court. IJM employees who are members of that country's bar association advocate on behalf of the victims.

Over 90% of IJM's staff around the world are nationals of the countries in which they work, sensitive to the particular needs of their communities.

Can I interview an IJM staff member?

IJM Canada staff are available for media interviews, but due to high demand, we are generally unable to provide interviews for student research projects or general information about the work.

What is the relationship between IJM Canada and IJM?

IJM Canada was incorporated in 2002 with a vision of engaging Canadians in IJM's global mission to seek justice for the oppressed. International Justice Mission was founded in 1997 and has its global headquarters in Washington, D.C. IJM Canada is joined by three other national affiliates of IJM: IJM UK, IJM The Netherlands and IJM Germany. IJM Canada is governed by an independent Board of Directors, but is very closely aligned with IJM in vision, values and strategies.

IJM describes itself as a faith-based organization. What does that mean?

In the tradition of abolitionist William Wilberforce and transformational leaders like Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King, Jr., IJM's work is founded on the Christian call to justice articulated in the Bible (Isaiah 1:17): Seek justice, protect the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. IJM's staff members are Christians from a variety of traditions who are motivated by this call to seek justice for the oppressed. We find strength and encouragement in sharing a spiritual life together. We provide assistance to victims of injustice regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnicity, or gender, and are grateful for the support of all people of good will.

What is IJM Canada's relationship with local governments and NGOs in the countries where you conduct your operations?

IJM Canada is a non-partisan, non-governmental, registered charitable organization. IJM operates with governmental approval and acknowledgment in all countries in which it is active, and depends on local government and NGO partners to work successfully.

Why is IJM Canada based in London, Ontario?

Like other leading Christian charities such as Compassion Canada and Navigators of Canada, IJM Canada has found the setting in London, Ontario to be conducive to effective and efficient operation of our organization. The cost of living is significantly lower in London than other centres such as Toronto, Ottawa or Vancouver, allowing us to devote a higher percentage of our donors' funds to our international programs.

Does IJM Canada receive funding from the Canadian government?

At this point in time, IJM Canada receives no funding from the Canadian government, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) or any other government agency.

I am already giving monthly to IJM - do I automatically become a Freedom Partner?

Monthly donors giving at and above the $31 level are automatically rolled into the Freedom Partner program.

Can I set up a monthly automatic contribution through my bank?

This is a great option. Just print off the enrollment form from our website (click here to access the form) and mail it with a void cheque to IJM Canada, PO Box 336, Stn B, London, ON N6A 4W1.

Can I give via cheque each month?

This is also a great option. Complete the enrollment form and mail it with your first cheque to IJM Canada, PO Box 336, Stn B, London, ON N6A 4W1.

At this time, I can only give $15 each month.

While the Freedom Partner program is for IJM Canada supporters giving $31 or more each month, we are deeply grateful for your support at any level.

How do I change the amount of my monthly gift?

Please feel free to advise us of your updated amount by sending an e-mail to giving@ijm.ca or by calling 1-877-579-5030. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.

How do I cancel my gift?

Please feel free to cancel by e-mailing giving@ijm.ca or by calling 1-877-579-5030. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.

How do I change the credit card or bank account for my monthly gift?

To change the credit card or bank account for your monthly gift, please call IJM Canada's Donor Relations department at 1-877-579-5030, or e-mail giving@ijm.ca

When will I receive a donation receipt for my monthly gift?

When a donor commences monthly giving, we make a notation in our records to issue a consolidated receipt at year-end for the total amount of gifts in the year. You will receive your receipt within six weeks of the end of the year.

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