Blair Burns serves as IJM's Chief Program Officer, leading the development and execution of the global program strategy to make justice for people in poverty unstoppable. Blair also oversees the development and drives the execution of a global activation strategy that mobilizes critical centers of global power and the Global Survivor Network to provide the resources and influence necessary for transforming local justice systems.
In previous leadership roles at IJM, Blair directed IJM's casework operations around the world in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities; he supervised the HQ Field Operations, Aftercare, Investigations and International Church Mobilization departments. Before that, Blair served as Southeast Asia's Vice President of Regional Operations. Blair joined IJM Chennai in 2004, and throughout four and a half years, he led a team to rescue more than 700 people from modern slavery.
Before IJM, Blair worked as an associate lawyer at Bersch, Rhodes & Butler, where his practice focused on business, corporate and elder law. Blair holds a B.A. from James Madison University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University. He lives in the Washington, DC, area with his wife, Christina and their three children.