JUSTICE TASK FORCE
We at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego are inspired by God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for the oppressed. Our Justice Task Force meets irregularly but shares information widely about two projects with which we are engaged, as described below. If you would like to join with us – learning, praying, getting involved – please contact Pastor Jerry (click here).
Local Justice Task Force Efforts
Locally we support and participate in efforts to end sex-trafficking, especially of minors, in San Diego County. Girls and boys are deceived into becoming sex workers and held by violence. We work with county law enforcement study and planning task forces, with San Diego’s Churches Against Trafficking’s teaching and prayer efforts, and we participate in meetings, rallies, and projects that increase awareness in the community.
International Justice Mission
We support the Field Office of International Justice Mission (IJM) in Ghana. IJM protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. They are a global team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals who work to protect the poor from violence through 17 field offices throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia. 95% of IJM staff and volunteers are at work in their own countries. Their work would be impossible without the partnership of local law enforcement and justice system officials, aftercare professionals, non-governmental organizations, churches, students, parents, friends and scholars standing together to protect the poor from violence.
In 2013, leaders from IJM deployed to the West African nation of Ghana to open a new field office and join with the Ghanaian government and other partners to rescue children from slavery in the fishing industry. IJM collaborates with the anti-human trafficking police to arrest slave owners and free children being forced to work on Lake Volta, the world’s largest man-made lake. A Ghanaian government survey estimates that 50,000 children work in Ghana’s fishing industry; the IJM investigation in Ghana found that in one area of Lake Volta, a large percentage of the children there had likely been sold into slavery. Boys work in dangerous situations and some drown, they suffer violence at the hand of employers/owners, and they are kept from enough food and clothing and from getting educations. IJM investigates, works with the Ghanaian police to arrest and in the courts to prosecute the law breakers, and they provide ongoing care for the survivors in homes and orphanages. We have visited in Ghana, and now financially support the IJM-directed church mobilization effort there.