INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.
RESCUE THOUSANDS. PROTECT MILLIONS. PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.
Plead for the widow
We again rocked it as a family! We raised over $7700 to help sustain the fight against slavery, human trafficking, and violence against the poor!
We could have not done this without first and foremost, our committed congregation and all the prayers, our Freedom Partners whose donations will be matched, our Birthday Club whose members were so generous (all the years we had to own up to paid off!), the Diocese and Episcopal Relief and Development who also committed to some matching funds. Yay!!!
I will be attending, along with Maura Flynn, a recent graduate of SRHS and current student at St. Joseph's University, the Advocacy Summit of International Justice Mission on Capitol Hill October 22nd-24th. We have appointments with our Representatives and Senators...we will, of course, report back!
The energy is amazing and YOU are the generators!!!! Congratulations!!!!
XO and Blessings,
International Justice Mission Update
Violence is an everyday threat to the poor. It’s as much a part of daily life as hunger, disease or homelessness.
Established laws are rarely enforced in the developing world - so criminals continue to rape, enslave, traffic and abuse the poor without fear of reprisal.
International Justice Mission believes that everyone deserves to be safe. Their global team has spent nearly twenty years on the front lines fighting some of the worst forms of violence, and they are PROVING that their model works.
That model centers around working with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, to bring criminals to justice, to restore survivors and to strengthen justice systems. We believe God is calling the church to end slavery, and Freedom Sunday is the church’s invitation to show up. We are passionate about helping the global church joyfully and effectively serve victims of slavery.
BECOME A FREEDOM PARTNER
This minute, innocent people are being beaten, abused, raped and enslaved. By giving $24 or more a month, you can take a stand to protect them.
From last-minute rescue to critical aftercare, your faithful support will defend children and families in need, no matter how long justice takes. We need you with us.
The Cybersex Trafficking of Children
In our world, it is difficult to find any crime more repulsive than the sexual abuse of children. However, there is a new and brutal form of modern-day slavery: THE CYBERSEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN.
In this horrific form of slavery, pedophiles and predators are able to search online and pay to sexually abuse children as young as two years old from anywhere in the world.
Children just like Cassie:
Cassie is a brave girl living in the Philippines. But for nearly five years, she was repeatedly abused and raped for an online audience.
From all appearances, Cassie’s trafficker took good care of her. She was enrolled in a great school, she wore new clothes, and had a notebook and backpack for the first time in her life.
Behind the walls of her house, though, she was trapped, alone and being abused.
Cassie is just one of an untold number of children being abused online around the world. In the Philippines alone, authorities receive thousands of cybersex trafficking referrals a month. IJM is working closely with the Philippine government on long-term solutions to this great challenge.
Cassie’s trafficker successfully hid his crimes from unwanted eyes for many years. During the time Cassie was held by her captor, he preyed on the children of family friends, and his nauseating reach eventually extended to a 5-year-old boy and a girl less than a year old.
Cassie came home from school on a Friday, knowing that the weekend ahead of her held untold terror. That night, Cassie woke up to loud noises. Police were there to rescue her from the home where she had suffered for nearly five years.
“I was very scared. I was crying,” Cassie recalls. An IJM social worker was there that night, and she told Cassie that she and the other children were not in trouble. They were being rescued. They were finally safe.
Read more about Cassie, the work IJM is doing, and how you can help at http://www.ijm.org/cassies-story
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents