At the End of Slavery: the Battle for Justice in our Time is a production of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that brings freedom and justice to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violent oppression.
In 13 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, IJM's lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to pursue structural transformation by ensuring that public justice systems protect the poor from violence.
Case by case, IJM confronts aggressive human violence: violence that denies freedom and security to families trapped in forced labor slavery, violence that robs widows of their homes and hope, violence that steals dignity and health from children trafficked into forced prostitution.
In the tradition of heroic Christian leaders like abolitionist William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King, Jr., IJM's staff stand against this violence in response to the Bible's call to justice (Isaiah 1:17): Seek justice, protect the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
IJM seeks to restore to victims of oppression the things that God intends for them: their lives, their liberty, their dignity, the fruits of their labor. By defending and protecting individual human rights, IJM seeks to engender hope and transformation for those it serves and restore a witness of courage in places of oppressive violence.
The work of IJM has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of India, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Forbes Magazine, "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC," MSNBC, CNN, BBC World News and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.
The creation of At the End of Slavery was made possible through the generosity of Humanity United. Humanity United is committed to building a world where modern-day slavery and mass atrocities are no longer possible. The foundation supports efforts that empower affected communities and address the root causes of conflict and modern-day slavery to build lasting peace.
By helping to build permanent constituencies to end atrocities and slavery, supporting efforts that empower affected communities, and addressing the root causes of conflict and injustice, Humanity United seeks to help restore human dignity in places where it has been lost.
Before founding International Justice Mission in 1997, Gary Haugen served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Police Misconduct Task Force of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1994, he was detailed to the United Nations' Center for Human Rights to direct the U.N.'s genocide investigation in Rwanda.
Haugen previously worked for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, investigating the Philippine government's response to abuse by the police and military. In the mid-1980s, he served on the executive committee of the National Initiative for Reconciliation in South Africa. Haugen graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, cum laude, where he was the Ford Foundation Scholar in International Law. He is the author of several books on faith and human rights, including Good News About Injustice and Just Courage.
Kevin Bales is Emeritus Professor at Roehampton University and Visiting Professor at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation. A world expert on modern slavery and a leading force in the antislavery movement, he is the president of Free the Slaves and the author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.
Ambassador Lagon is the Executive Director of Polaris Project, overseeing all of the organization's national programs, including the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (1-888-373-7888). Prior to joining Polaris Project, he served as Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP), and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. The G/TIP Office coordinates U.S. government activities in the global fight against modern-day slavery, including commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
An award-winning journalist and author, Samantha Power now serves as a senior advisor at the National Security Council. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, Samantha Power won the Pulitzer Prize for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.