Philip Langford serves as the Director of Operations, Africa for International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen public justice systems.Philip began his career as a lawyer in 1996, practicing first in Austin, Texas and then in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he served as a litigation partner with Miller & Martin. In 2006, Philip joined IJM, serving as Special Counsel in IJM’s Field Office in Chennai, India. In Chennai, Philip led the legal strategy of the office and assisted the project’s efforts to bring rescue and restoration to victims of forced labor and to prosecute perpetrators of forced labor.In 2007, Philip was asked to launch and direct IJM’s office in Bangalore, India, which expanded the reach of IJM’s forced labor casework in Southern India. Over the next two years, he and his team worked with local authorities to rescue more than 170 people from forced labor slavery in the Bangalore project area. Philip returned with his family to the United States in late 2009 to take on a new role as the Director of IJM’s Africa operations. In this role, Philip supervises leadership of all of IJM’s Africa field offices, leading projects designed to bring justice to survivors of illegal property seizure, police abuse and illegal detention, and sexual violence.