International Justice Mission® (IJM)
Far below the news headlines, a plague of hidden, everyday violence is devastating the developing world and undermining our efforts to end poverty. Fear of violence is part of everyday life for the poor, as much a part of poverty as hunger, disease or malnutrition. The poorest are so vulnerable because their justice systems – police, courts and laws – don’t protect them from violent people. According to the United Nations, over 4 billion people live without the protection of their own justice systems.
Who we are:
Inspired by God’s call to love all people and seek justice for the oppressed, International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organisation that protects 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. In nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, IJM combats slavery, trafficking, rape, police brutality, property grabbing and other forms of violence. Click here for a map of IJM's Global Presence.
Like his father and his grandfather before him, Raman was a slave. When he was 9 years old, he was forced to drop out of school and start working in a rice mill. In an IJM-assisted operation, Raman and 34 other children, women and men were rescued. Today, Raman and his family are thriving in freedom. He works as a construction worker to provide for his family.
Listen to Griselda’s story here. Raped by three men when she was just 13 years old, Griselda finally received justice after five years of IJM support and is now thriving as she speaks up on behalf of other survivors. “I thank God for my IJM lawyer and psychologists… On behalf of the thousands of victims and survivors that I represent who don’t have a voice, thank you very much.” - Griselda
The partnership between Ps & Gs and IJM will serve both IJM’s clients throughout the world and the members of Ps & Gs, as they explore and engage in issues of justice. Support from the church will enable IJM to live out the vision to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. Through focusing on one victim of violent oppression, IJM learns where justice systems are failing to provide protection and they develop comprehensive plans to partner with local authorities to bring about lasting change. Support from IJM will open up new opportunities for members of Ps & Gs to explore biblical justice in theory and practice.
Justice Prayer Community:
Prayer needs to be at the heart of seeking justice. Some of the issues that IJM face are simply too heavy to carry on our own. Therefore, as a feature of the partnership between IJM and Ps & Gs, we are starting a Justice Prayer Community – supporting both IJM’s work and the many members of Ps & Gs who are passionate or actively engaged in justice issues. The group will meet every 6-8 weeks on a Saturday morning. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Point of Contact – Andy Bevan:
Andy serves as International Justice Mission UK’s Regional Development Executive for Scotland – a role that involves communicating IJM’s work across a range of Scottish society, including legal professionals, parliamentarians, churches, community groups, students and the media. Coming from a background of Legal and Theological study, Andy has experience working in Washington D.C. with IJM and Geneva with the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Andy lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Charlie. Both worship at Ps & Gs and Andy currently serves on vestry.
Read Andy's article in the May-June 2015 of the Globetrotter here.
Websites – www.ijmuk.org