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You Made Rescue Possible

Happy New Year from
International Justice Mission Canada!

With a fresh year of new beginnings ahead of us, many of us will make resolutions and look forward to new challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.

As we look to 2019, we wanted to stop and reflect on what you have made possible in the lives of three women and children from around the world. Let’s rejoice in some of these stories of freedom together!

Because of you, 2018 was a year filled with success.

You made rescue possible for children like Suriya.

11-year-old Suriya grew up in a poor family. His parents were delighted when a man approached them offering a consistent income for Suriya to come work for him. Suriya and his cousin Vijay travelled over 1400 kilometres from their home to work.

But they soon discovered the promise of a good job was a lie.

For the next few years, Suriya and Vijay were forced to work 16-hour days with hardly any rest or good food.

Suriya’s parents only realized how bad the situation was when Vijay escaped from the factory and found his way home. In desperation, they notified the authorities and a local NGO, who contacted IJM for help.

After months of desperate searching across a nation of over 1 billion people, IJM and our NGO partners worked with police, located Suriya and helped bring him home to his family.

Suriya is now safe and living in freedom. Without our faithful supporters, we would not have found Suriya. Your support allows us to keep searching for children like him for as long as it takes.

This year, you can send freedom to children, women
and men trapped in slavery and violence.

You made justice possible for widows like Albertina.

After a brutal civil war, Albertina returned to her home with her family. Albertina’s husband had died in a refugee camp years earlier.

Upon arriving at her home, Albertina and her family were met by neighbours who were camped out on her property. They were armed and they were there to steal her land.

It is common practice in northern Uganda for widows to have their land—which is usually their only source of income and livelihood—taken from them after their husband dies.

A friend recommended Albertina contact IJM, who immediately began to work on her case. IJM secured arrest warrants for her neighbours, but it wasn’t enough.

The neighbours were released and the threats increased.

They even went as far as accusing Albertina and her family of serious offences that landed her in prison. A massive breakthrough came when IJM sent Albertina’s file to the country’s chief prosecutor and he set her free.

This was a miraculous victory in her story and couldn’t have happened without our supporters. Albertina’s case isn’t over yet. Her abusers are persistent, but so are we.

In 2019, you can send even more rescue
and restoration to victims of violence.

You made restoration possible for survivors like Kim*.

When she was only 12 years old, Kim moved to the city of Manila with a man named AJ*. AJ told Kim’s family that he would send her to school and help her find a job to help her siblings pay for their school fees. At first nothing seemed wrong.

But soon the abuse began.

AJ began to sexually abuse Kim in front of a webcam for live audiences of pedophiles and predators. These horrific images were streamed across the world to places like the U.S., Australia, Germany and Canada.

Kim’s abuse didn’t stop with online exploitation. AJ also began to take her to hotel rooms across the city and have foreign “customers” pay to rape her. This horrific abuse went on for nearly three years.

One night, Kim's life would forever change.

Kim was brought to a hotel by AJ. Little did he know, IJM was working with local law enforcement to track him down and arrest him. Upon AJ’s arrest, Kim was taken to an aftercare shelter with other survivors of cybersex trafficking.

Today, Kim is in high school and is thriving.

Today, there are more than 40 million children, women and men trapped in slavery. Thousands more are suffering from other crippling forms of violence. Your generosity has sent rescue around the world. Thank you for standing with us.

Will you send freedom to those still trapped in slavery and violence this year?

*a pseudonym
You Can Send Rescue Today.

Give a gift today and be a last minute responder for a child in need of rescue or a social worker holding the hands of a now-free mother.

You can make the most impact as a Freedom Partner today.

Your generous monthly support of $31 or more will send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and see their abusers in court – no matter how long justice takes.

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