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Christa Hayden Sharpe

International Justice Mission
Vice President for Southeast Asia Regional Operations
IJM is a global human rights NGO that equips governments to sustainably and effectively enforce their laws to protect the vulnerable from exploitation and violence. Through a foundation of high-quality, end-to-end investigations, legal and aftercare services, we ensure mentorship-based capacity building of the State's justice system actors, successful prosecutions of local traffickers and restorative survivor care. We build collaborative, sustainable solutions between governments, private sector, civil society, and survivors to ensure justice systems function at the local level to increase rule of law, build an enabling environment for social and economic development efforts to flourish, and align with labor and other initiatives.
In my 14th year with IJM, I lead regional strategy and leadership support for five Field Offices in the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand as they combat the online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines, child sexual assault and citizenship rights in Thailand, and the trafficking of men and women into forced labor in the Thai fishing and seafood industry, and various industries in Malaysia. Our team is also developing our first project in Romania, set to open in 2019. IJM also has projects equipping governments to combat forced labor, sex trafficking, violence against women and children, and other human rights abuses in areas such as South Asia, Central and South America, and East and West Africa.
I am happy to talk with you about any of our current projects, ideas for collaboration to sustainably end human rights abuses in recruiting corridors and supply chains, advocacy efforts, our Global Survivor Network, how we use data and criminal analytics to equip governments to end impunity for traffickers, how to bring the State into remediation efforts, trauma informed care in business and social services, and more!