Kyle and Erica Martin are California attorneys who live and work in San Diego. Erica was born and raised in San Diego, while Kyle hails from South Carolina. Kyle and Erica met in Washington, D.C., and in January, 2010, they were married in Del Mar, California.
In February, 2011, Kyle and Erica moved to South Asia as Legal Fellows with International Justice Mission (IJM), a Christian human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Erica and Kyle are assisting an IJM office there as they seek justice for many who are bound to slavery. Without the help of IJM, these slaves would have no hope of emancipation. They toil in brick kilns, stone quarries, and rice mills, performing grueling work for long hours in the hopes of paying off a debt to the owner. Most are not allowed to leave the compound on which they are held. The owners often beat them and threaten them by withholding food and water, and the women may even be sexually abused. The little money they receive is confiscated by the owner of the compound to pay the workers’ rent and to pay for the food they occasionally receive. Any children born into enslaved families inherit their parents’ crushing debts and a lifetime of forced servitude.
Erica and Kyle are assisting an IJM office in South Asia in freeing slaves and prosecuting the offenders. The fellowship is unpaid. Living and working in South Asia for a year is estimated to cost over $28,000 each. As further itemized in the sidebar, this amount covers costs such as international airfare, health insurance, visas, rent, food and local transportation.
IJM is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible, and this is an excellent way to further the cause of justice around the world. If you would like to make a one-time gift or commit to a monthly gift, please follow the instructions in the sidebar.