BENEFITING: International Justice Mission
EVENT DATE: Oct 21, 2012
I was thinking about what I might want for my birthday this year. Similar to last year, it seems like I already have everything I want. Seriously, I'm so freaking fortunate! I've got more stuff than I need and my future is full of possibilities.
And yet, there are so many people who do not have the same basic opportunities and rights that I often take for granted.
This year, rather than accepting gifts, I'd like to redirect any gift giving to go towards a really awesome org called the International Justice Mission.
They do things like:
- rescue victims of sex trafficking and other forced-labor slaves,
- free people who are unjustly prisoned,
- bring aid to survivors of violence, and much more.
- prosecute those who commit violent acts, which deters other would-be evil-doers from doing the same thing (most of the victims are poor and have no way to defend themselves through their local justice system, so these crimes often go on and on without consequence).
"No amount of aid will stop sex trafficking unless traffickers and oppressors are confronted and brought to justice. Founded by Gary Haugen in 1997 to fill this gaping hole in humanitarian work, IJM has grown to more than 400 lawyers, investigators, social workers and support staff to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice protects the poor."
If you want to find out more about what they do, they have tons of info on their website: http://www.ijm.org
So if you were planning on giving me a present or buying me dinner or a card or anything like that this year, please contribute to this cause instead (or some other organisation of your choice - here's a few ideas) . Thank you! :D
If you weren't already planning on doing anything like that for me, that's cool. You don't have to! Maybe take 5 minutes and check out this video to learn about some of the challenges women in particular are facing around the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MRfDzznfEOU
All in all, thank you for helping me make my birthday about what I can do to serve others rather than just what I can receive for myself. I really appreciate it. :)