The International Justice Mission is a U.S.-based human rights agency focused on issues of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. The organization’s mission is to provide victim relief, to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, to deliver victim aftercare, and to offer structural transformation in affected areas. IJM lawyers, investigators, and professionals work to secure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators, and to make certain that public justice systems effectively protect the poor. The IJM works in 16 field offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.
IJM was founded in 1997 by Gary Haugen, who had previously worked at the United States Department of Justice (civil rights division) and also as the United Nations investigator in charge in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. He founded the IJM to address this massive need. Haugen and the work of IJM have been featured on Dateline NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, NPR Forbes Magazine, and The New York Times.
For those looking to work in a non-profit NGO environment that has an impact on lives, then the International Justice Mission might be a good place to look for internships.
IJM services include:
- Victim relief to alleviate suffering.
- Perpetrator accountability and prosecution assistance.
- Victim aftercare to prepare the victims to rebuild their lives.
- Structural Transformation to prevent future abuse from occurring.
The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and field offices in Guatemala, Bolivia, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, and India.
IJM offers the unique opportunity for professionals to use their skills and talents to protect people from violent forces of injustice. In doing this difficult work, individuals are tested intellectually, challenged spiritually, engaged emotionally, and rewarded with each story of success. For those interested in traveling abroad positions could be in in a city like Kampala, Kolkata, Phnom Penh or Washington, D.C..
Internship of the Week: Field Office Internship – Aftercare Intern
- Serve as Aftercare's case work information manager and input case details into Casework Tracking Management System
- Maintain up-to-date statistics and information for the department
- Respond to general Aftercare requests for information with internal and external parties
- Draft Monthly Reports and Dashboards;
- Liaise with the Human Resources department for all hiring and recruitment activities;
- Assist in the development of systems and processes for the respective Aftercare teams as needed
- Other departmental support as needed.
Field Office Interns gain practical experience by working at an IJM Field Office that advocates for clients in cases of sex trafficking, slavery, unprosecuted rape, illegal detention, police brutality, illegal land seizure, and citizenship rights. Field Office Internship positions require participation in the IJM Orientation every January, June, and September at IJM's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Participants will deploy to their field office assignments within three weeks of IJM Orientation. All positions request a 10-12 month commitment. Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree
- Professional communication, both written and oral
- Organizational and administrative skills
- Attention to detail
- Flexibility to work in ever-changing environments
- Knowledge of Microsoft Software and Windows XP strongly preferred
- Fluency in Spanish required for Latin America offices
- Fluency in French preferred but not required for Rwanda offices
How to apply:
Applicants should check the website for application deadlines. Applicants should submit a Field Office Internship Application Form, a Spiritual Reference Form, and an Academic/Work Reference Form. Forms can be scanned and emailed along with a resume to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to:
Attn: Internship Program
International Justice Mission, A
PO Box 58147
Washington, DC 20037