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We’re International Justice Mission, and we believe that justice for the poor is possible.  Rescue thousands. Protect millions.


We are a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.

Our global team includes more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices.  

International Justice Mission
PO Box 58147
Washington, DC 20037



For poor people in the developing world, violence is relentless so we’re committed to be even more relentless.   

We rescue individuals, one by one. That’s where our work starts. But that's not where it ends.   

We’re also stopping the violence before it starts by helping local law enforcement, courts and communities sustainably protect vulnerable people.


So far, we’ve rescued more than 40,000 people from violence and oppression. And, today, our work is helping to protect 21 million people globally from violence.


IJM is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our work to protect the poor from violence would be impossible without the commitment and generous support of donors. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We are committed to stewarding these funds to make the greatest impact possible in the communities we serve. An independent accounting firm conducts an annual audit on the reporting of IJM's financial resources.

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Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission.

Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct.  In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.  He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press). Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled:

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