International Justice Mission UK

Contacts: Mrs Ruth Cooke (Regional Development Executive) and Mrs Chloe Fulton
Website: www.ijmuk.org
Focus: Violence against the poor

WDR has been working with IJM UK for 6 years.

For the poor, violence is as much a part of life as hunger, illness or unemployment. It is just more difficult to see. While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining the best efforts to help the poor. According to the United Nations, 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. That means their public justice systems – their police, courts and laws – are so broken, corrupt and dysfunctional that there is nothing to shield them from violence. IJM focuses upon:

·      Rescuing people from exploitation

·      Rehabilitating them; physically, spiritually, socially and economically

·      Bringing the perpetrators to justice

·      Changing the systems and so making exploitation and violence less likely

Thus IJM works in relation to sex trafficking, forced slavery, sexual violence, property grabbing, police brutality and citizenship rights.

PRAY

Heavenly Father, we praise you for those who have been set free from exploitation through the work of IJM. We know that this work can only be done through you, God of Justice and Defender of the poor. We ask that you help IJM as they seek to ignite a move of prayer for justice across the UK and Ireland. Pat Jamison (WDR committee member) recently travelled to Cambodia with IJM. We pray for IJM’s work rescuing those enslaved in the fishing industry on the Gulf of Thailand. We pray that traffickers, recruiters and boat owners would be discovered and prosecuted for this crime, and that the IJM staff would be guided and protected as they continue this work. Amen.