"Many people are surprised to learn there are more people trapped in slavery today than any time in history," said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google. "The good news is that there are solutions."
The International Justice Mission was chosen by Google to lead the efforts with this grant. Personally, I think they made a great choice. Earlier this year I had the chance to attend an IJM dinner in Dallas and meet Gary Haugen, President of the International Justice Mission. They are an effective, caring and diligent organization that will use the funds properly. Google did their homework.
The International Justice Mission will partner with the Polaris Project, Slavery Footprint and a handful of other NGO's in a multi-year effort to rescue those enslaved.
Here is how IJM President Gary Haugen said the money will be used.
- $3.5 million intervention project to fight forced labor in India.
- $4.5 million advocacy campaign in India to educate and protect the vulnerable.
- $1.8 million plan to mobilize Americans in behalf of slavery in the United States and around the world.
- Remaining $1.7 million to be distributed to several smaller organizations combating slavery.