Generating US$7.6 trillion in annual GDP and 1 in 10 jobs worldwide, travel is an industry with transformative potential. We want to see its potential harnessed - not for more luxury cruises and resorts - but instead focusing that potential to help those fighting for justice around the world.
Our model is dynamic and innovative, combining elements of a niche travel company and a strategic advocacy organization. We want to help our partners make substantive changes in their countries, using both the financial resources from sharing profits on our tours and the international networks our travelers and broader community help them build. This goes beyond awareness raising to help win real victories, and using our strategic resources to respond quickly to changing contexts.
In addition to our advocacy work, Justice Travel tours also employ local tour operators, local guides, and locally-owned hotels with decades of impeccable safety and sustainability records. We ensure that the local economy benefits first and that the local environment is protected.
Our partners work on some of the most critical issues in their countries, from stopping environmental devastation to reporting on corruption and reclaiming indigenous culture. We believe that the role of the traveler is to learn and return: to understand the places they are visiting through the eyes of the women and men fighting for justice, and then to return home as advocates. Our travelers are volunteers, but instead of painting schools in other countries, they work where they can be most impactful - in their own countries, countries who often wield tremendous influence on the world stage. We work with our returned travelers to play an active role as advocates: writing letters to local papers, organizing documentary screenings, lobbying elected officials, or pressuring multi-national companies and investors, among many other actions. Our mission is to create a global community of travelers and advocates engaged together to support human rights around the world.
Justice Travel identifies partners in each country who are building grassroots movements for change, defending and empowering the most marginalized communities, and who are sorely lacking international support. Below a partial list of our partners in Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia.