About Us

Mission

Much of the basis for our existence can be found in the book of Isaiah, where the prophet admonishes his listeners to "seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow." Our mission statement is the following:

Compelled by God's priority for the work of justice, the chapter seeks to advance the international struggle for justice by making known the faces and victims of oppression and moving the campus and local community to action by providing powerful tools capable of bring those victims real rescue.

(you can also download our constitution here)

Compelled by God's priority for the work of justice...
Our chapter is dedicated to the principle that justice begins and ends with God and therefore any work of justice undertaken by humanity has as its foundation the value that God places on justice being done in the world.

Advance the international struggle for justice...
We use the term "advance" purposefully, aware that our own efforts to see justice done in the world are provisional and incomplete, but nevertheless important. Though we do not expect to be the agents that establish an entirely just order in this world, we labor strenuously to see justice done. Furthermore, we aim to pursue that justice beyond our local communities.

Making known the faces and victims of oppression...
We not only want to raise awareness that there are victims of oppression, but we also want to tell the stories of those people being oppressed. Justice is for us something that is personal, that has a particular application for each individual.

Moving the campus and local community to action...
We very strongly believe in bringing together a diverse group of people to engage in the work of justice. We therefore seek to involve not only the various student communities at Duke that typically do not cross the undergraduate/graduate divide, but also the larger Durham community.

Providing powerful tools capable of bringing victims real rescue...
Because faith in Christ is integral to the work we do, we believe that prayer is a tool capable of accomplishing much. Along with advocacy through prayer, we also aim to increase the ability of IJM to intervene and advocate on behalf of victims as well as engage in activities that involve direct advocacy, such as letter writing.