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Millions of people in poverty protected from online sexual exploitation of children by 2030, achieved through:
Strong justice system performance in responding to the crime
High stakeholder confidence in the system to respond
High public reliance on the justice system
Lowered prevalence of the crime
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2001International Justice Mission establishes an office in the Philippines.
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2002A case involving the commercial sexual exploitation of children leads to IJM’s first conviction. IJM Philippines received information about children who were being sold for prostitution in a city in Metro Manila. IJM’s investigation led to the rescue of 2 very young girls who were sold for prostitution in a brothel.
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2005Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds Project Lantern, a $5 million, a five-year anti-sex trafficking (of minors) project in Metro Cebu. Project Lantern attempted to demonstrate the effectiveness of a law enforcement-based strategy to reduce the prevalence of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Metro Cebu area. 
72%reductionAt the end of the project, an independent study found 72% fewer children sold for sex in Metro Cebu. 
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2006IJM Cebu launches as commercial and sexual exploitation of children persists, a seemingly insurmountable problem in Metro Cebu.IJM Cebu worked with local governments, local law enforcement, and the local community and its churches to combat child trafficking, rescue survivors, and actually change the behavior of traffickers. After several years, rescue followed rescue, momentum built, and even large establishments started to fall to law enforcement operations. A new dawn was breaking in Metro Cebu. 
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2011The first reported and documented case of online child sexual exploitation in the Philippines. As the Phil government demonstrated great success in suppressing child sex trafficking in bars and streets, in 2011, we began working on cases of online sexual exploitation of children. This was a new crime, committed in a concealed setting—in homes and private spaces. 
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2012IJM takes its work to Pampanga, targeting areas notorious for child sex trafficking.This was the first time in Pampanga that children trafficked for sex in bars and streets were rescued in a massive scale. Perpetrators were brought to justice, and survivors were guided to restoration.
86%reductionNightclubs and bars in Pampanga closed down and our work contributed to a drastic reduction of minors in commercial sex in Angeles City by 86%.
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2017The 4-year U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact Partnership begins, accelerating the Philippine government’s work against online sexual exploitation of children, like never before. The Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership is the fruit of a generous award from the U.S. government in support of the Philippine government. The grant enabled the Philippine government to effectively understand, respond to, and combat the online sexual exploitation of children. From 2017 to 2021, IJM led over 200 partners and government organizations in this transformative collaboration. 
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2019Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) is formed.The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) enables strong collaboration with international law enforcement against this borderless crime.
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2020IJM establishes its Center to End Online Sexual Exploitation of Children to partner with governments, industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders to protect children around the world from this crime.
Leveraging effective practices from IJM’s work in the Philippines, the Center (1) supports effective justice system responses in source and demand-side countries and (2) improves technology and financial sector detection and reporting of livestreamed child sexual exploitation, all resulting in sustainable protection for children and accountability for perpetrators.   
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2023The Philippine Survivor Network (PSN) is established.The Philippine Survivor Network (PSN) is a merger of two existing survivor groups from the local arm of the Global Survivor Network (GSN). PSN members desire and pursue safe communities through justice systems that protect the most vulnerable people. As the work against online sexual exploitation of children continues, the work of survivors in advocating for change and transformation is a testament to how far our country has come in fighting for child protection.
IJM Global
IJM Philippines is a part of International Justice Mission, a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence. IJM partners with local authorities in 29 program offices in 17 countries* to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are poor. IJM works to rescue and restore victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and help strengthen public justice systems.
Our Mission
IJM’s mission is to protect people in poverty from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.
Our Vision
Our 2030 Vision is to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for people who are poor unstoppable.
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