Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, quarterback Kirk Cousins and tackle Tyler Polumbus, along with their three wives, attended the annual International Justice Mission fundraising event Thursday night.
IJM, a non-profit founded in 1997 and led by Gary Haugen, seeks to bring justice to countries with residents living in poverty. The theme of Thursday’s event focused on impunity, an issue affecting areas who have corrupt or lack of police authority in which criminals don’t suffer the consequences of illegal acts. For Cousins, who has attended each of the last three years, the cause is an important one.
“It’s an organization I like to spotlight because I just think they do a really good job of really maximizing their resources they have to make a real difference,” Cousins said. “I keep in touch with them year round.”
When Cousins was a rookie, Polumbus, who had been an active member and donor to IJM previously, asked if he’d like to join him at his table in an effort to fill some of empty seats. Cousins, who already knew about the organization from his days in high school, jumped at the opportunity and was delighted IJM had its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“It’s an amazing organization that my wife and I have supported for six or seven years now,” Polumbus said. “They work with anything from sex trafficking to people who are wrongly imprisoned, or shouldn’t be imprisoned, and land grabbing cases. This is all across the world. Truly, I think they’re one of the most powerful and influential organizations in rescuing people out of situations that are terrible.”
Cousins vowed in high school that IJM would be the first charitable cause he would donate towards, once he had the resources. Now, he attends and gives to the event yearly, and is hoping he and his wife can someday travel abroad to India, the Philippines, or Central America to experience how IJM works in the field.
“IJM seeks to bring justice by going in there, investigating undercover, and prosecuting [criminals] so when their consequences are brought to the surface, hopefully it will not only free a few people but it will create a culture of change, of justice, and a lack of impunity,” said Cousins, who might pursue similar kind of work once his football career ends.
“When I come face to face with it is when I’ll really be moved.”
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