IJM's Haugen: In Some Places 'People Die if Lawyers Don't Show Up'

The Belmont University College of Law presented its second Champions for Justice Award Wednesday to Gary Haugen, the president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), an organization that secures justice for victims of slavery and sexual exploitation. “Make your work in the law connect to things that matter to the satisfaction of your own soul,” Haugen told the students. “There are places in the world where people die if the lawyers don’t show up. In such desperate places, it turns out that lawyers desperately matter.” Haugen’s appearance at Belmont came the day after he joined President Barack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative event in New York, where the president announced that he had signed an executive order to stem the crime of human trafficking, a major focus of IJM’s work.