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International Justice Mission Applauds the Appointment of Priya Basu as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

GFEMS, IJM Global, international development

Written by IJM
Posted on 13 January 2020 under Recent posts, Stories of system change.

International Justice Mission (IJM) applauds the appointment of Priya Basu as the new CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS).

The GFEMS is an unprecedented effort to mobilise a global response to end modern-day slavery. The U.S., U.K. and Norwegian governments have already contributed millions of dollars to the Fund to resource the replication and scaling up of transformative programs around the world.

Basu brings three decades of experience in international development and resource mobilisation, including her most recent post as the Head of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) at the World Bank. In just three months, the We-Fi initiative secured US$350 million from 14 governments for programs to support women entrepreneurs around the world. This experience will position Basu well to marshal unprecedented new resources from the public and private sector to tackle one of the most urgent human rights crises of our time.

“All of us at IJM wish to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Basu and are eager to work alongside her in this fight to end slavery,” said Gary Haugen, IJM Founder and CEO. “The scale of the crime is staggering, but proven strategies exist to rescue and rehabilitate victims of slavery and prosecute perpetrators. Ms. Basu’s experience mobilising international support and resources will be instrumental in the Fund’s efforts to bring these solutions to scale.”

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