The International Human Rights Group was founded to fill a gap in the protection of religious freedom rights outside the boundaries of the United States. There are a variety of organizations dedicated to seeing that religious freedom is protected within the United States, but at the time we were founded, there was no one really working in Europe and beyond. We felt called to fill that need.
We are focused in three major areas: human/sex trafficking, world sports evangelism, and free speech in public areas.
As to human/sex trafficking, we believe this is going to be the defining issue of our generation. Millions of women are trafficked around the world every year. The sole purpose of the business of human sex trafficking is to exploit and destroy women to MAKE MONEY! We cannot stand by and let this happen.
There are several things we can and will do as the IHRG. We will work hard to make sure that the light is exposed into this dark area. We will work at every turn to bring human/sex trafficking and its victims to the public attention. We will also use our legal skills to help the women who are being exploited and destroyed and the organizations that work to bring these women out of the darkness and back into the light. We will partner with anyone who will partner with us to make sure that every day there is less human/sex trafficking than the day before—a lofty goal, but we can make a difference.
Most people do not realize that there is a huge mission movement that works with major sporting events around the world. Events like the Summer Olympics and the World Cup Soccer Tournament draw crowds of hundreds of thousands of people. People gathered in one place for the purpose of meeting new people, having rich cultural experiences, and enjoying athletic events. Around these gatherings many families and missionaries give up their free time and money to evangelize. This is a time when people are interested in meeting new folks and exchanging ideas—a perfect time to discuss religion.
The IHRG works with the organizers of these events to make sure their legal questions are answered. We work directly with the organizing committees who put together the sporting events to ensure they understand the rights of the missionaries who are coming to publicly share their faith. We train missionaries and mission leaders on their rights in the public square. Then we attend the event so that we can resolve issues that arise during the emotion of the outreach. In the past we have negotiated with local officials to keep outreach happening, we have worked with police officers on the street to stop evangelists from being arrested or hindered, and we have worked with missionaries to refocus their individual outreach.
Finally, we work with missionaries and evangelists who travel around the world, or go out in their own hometown to share their faith with others. We make sure their rights are not violated and that they are able to complete their outreach. This work has lead us to Norway, England, Germany, France, South Africa, and beyond.
We are here to help the helpless find justice and to be a voice for the voiceless.
We are the IHRG!