International Justice Mission is a global organization protecting the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. International Justice Mission Canada shares in this mission.Our vision: Rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
IJM's founder Gary Haugen was a human rights lawyer working for the U.S. Department of Justice when the United Nations asked him to lead its investigation of the horrific genocide that had engulfed the small African nation of Rwanda.
As Haugen dug through mass graves and massacre sites, he remembers being struck by the terrible truth that the Rwandans who had perished in the violence "did not need someone to bring them a sermon, or food, or a doctor, or a teacher, or a microloan. They needed someone to restrain the hand with the machete and nothing else would do."
Compelled by the urgent needs they saw and inspired by their faith, Haugen and a small team envisioned a new kind of human rights organization: a group that would leverage the skills of criminal justice professionals to protect the poor from violent oppression.
Haugen left his job at the Department of Justice and launched International Justice Mission. He and a small DC-based team took on cases of desperate violence where impoverished victims could not depend on their justice systems to defend them.
They met with obstacles and challenges. They faced disbelief that broken public justice systems could ever protect poor children, women and men. But slowly, the team saw their vision begin to take hold: rapists went to jail for assaulting impoverished children, families were freed from generations of slavery, young girls were rescued from the traffickers who sold them for sex.
By 2000, IJM established its first long-term field office, in Mumbai, where a team of local professionals began partnering with authorities to rescue trafficked girls and women.
IJM Canada is established by Jamie McIntosh and is the first of five partner offices that shares in IJM's global mission.
IJM Canada enables Canadians to participate in IJM's global mission to end violence against the poor. Led by Executive Director Ed Wilson and headquartered in London, Ontario, IJM Canada partners in eight field offices around the world: Bolivia, Cambodia, Chennai (India), Kolkata (India), Delhi (India), Thailand, Kampala (Uganda) and the Dominican Republic.
Nationally, IJM Canada works to educate, empower and engage Canadians in this mission. Visit IJM.ca/get-involved to learn how Canadians can get involved in IJM's work.
IJM Canada is registered with Canada Revenue Agency as a federally recognized charitable organization (registration number: 86388 9283 RR0001).