Meet our CEO and Founder
Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary Haugen 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. It then also dawned on him that what people in poverty needed most – is protection from the predatory everyday violence, which led him to starting IJM with just two interns.
Gary has been recognised 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 people in poverty from violence has also 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 The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).
Watch Gary’s TED Talk on ending violence.
Meet our IJM global leaders
Our global leadership team comprises men and women of diverse backgrounds but a common goal: To end slavery for good.
Find out more about them.
Meet our IJM Asia Pacific leaders
Regional President, Asia Pacific
Director of Strategic Partnerships, APAC
Chief Executive Officer, IJM Australia
Executive Director, IJM Korea
Director, IJM Thailand
Sa Em Chum
Director, IJM Cambodia
Ji Lien Ooi
Director, IJM Malaysia
Naw Emerald San Minn
Director, IJM Myanmar
Director, IJM Manila
Director, IJM Cebu
Meet our IJM Hong Kong team
Executive Director, IJM Hong Kong
Director of Strategic Partnerships, IJM Hong Kong
Senior Lead, Strategic Partnerships, IJM Hong Kong
Senior Coordinator, Finance & Administrative, IJM Hong Kong
IJM in Hong Kong
IJM Hong Kong is part of IJM’s global justice movement working towards our 2030 vision of protecting 500 million people in poverty from violence. Established in 2021, IJM Hong Kong seeks to raise awareness of our mission and establish partnerships with philanthropists, corporations, faith community, NGOs and leaders across all dimensions of society to end violence against people in poverty.