IJM

International Justice Mission

More people are in slavery today than at any time in human history. God calls on Christians to stop it.

Covenant members will join Christians in this fight by strengthening our support of International Justice Mission (IJM) and formalizing a three-year partnership with IJM’s field office in Cambodia. By supporting IJM and its team in Phnom Penh, Covenant will help to end the enslavement of thousands of men, women and children currently held against their will forced to work without pay on fishing boats, in factories, in brick kilns, in homes and on plantations across Southeast Asia.

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Learn more about the office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

What? Slavery Still Exists?

There are more than 40 million slaves in the world today; approximately 10 million are children. Modern-day slavery turns a profit of more than $150 billion each year – more than the annual profit of Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, BP and Exxon combined.

Who Uses Slaves? 

Most of us at Covenant have unknowingly benefited from slavery. Supply chains behind countless products including seafood, clothing, makeup, toys, smartphones and electronics are likely to include forced labor, often of children.

How does IJM fight slavery?

IJM’s team of more than 900 Christian professionals (mostly lawyers, investigators and social workers) work in 19 offices around the world to help local law enforcement officers find and rescue victims, prosecute criminals, restore survivors to health and stability, and improve public justice systems so countries can better enforce their laws and protect their citizens.

 

How Can I Get Involved?

We are creating a new team at Covenant and will offer a variety of ways to get involved at varying levels of commitment. Some opportunities to learn more and serve in 2020 include:

  • Attend a video call with Cambodian lawyers, social workers and investigators to learn more about their work and clients
  • Hear a speaker, watch a film or read a book – alone or as part of a class or small group
  • Pray, write notes or send care packages to support and encourage Cambodian IJM staff
  • Help Covenant host a gathering for Austin-area churches and residents to learn more about slavery and IJM
  • Join or support a small team visit to Cambodia in November 2020

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