IJM, according to Pinkham, also works to prosecute those who take advantage of others and lobbies governments to fight corruption.
Pinkham, daughter of Times Herald correspondent Tim Pinkham, will be using her skills in human resources to help the mission.
“I found out some opportunities even though I am not a lawyer, I’m not an investigator and I’m not an attorney,” Pinkham said.
For her, the mission is personal because of what she has seen.
“You hear about a lot of people wanting to be aware of things,” Pinkham said. “Being aware is great, but I want to do the next step and actually be involved because awareness only goes so far.”
To help make this opportunity possible, Pinkham is fundraising throughout the state. She has been giving presentations and lectures in churches, centers and homes about her internship. She hasnÕ’t reached her fundraising goal, but that will not deter her from her mission in Asia.
“You talk to friends, family, churches and like-minded organizations,” Pinkham said. “It is slow but steady.”
IJM has 16 field offices throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. The purpose of the organization, created in 1997, is human rights advocacy at the local and governmental level.
According to the organization, around 27 million men, women and children are held as slaves throughout the world. The organization UNICEF says 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade in developing countries.
To donate to Pinkham’s mission or for more information, visit www.jim.org/getinvolved/internshipsupport or contact Pinkham directly at firstname.lastname@example.org