An honours graduate from University of Virginia and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Sharon Cohn Wu has dedicated her career to helping serve the world’s most vulnerable people. Over the last 15 years, Sharon’s leadership with IJM has helped rescue thousands of children and families from slavery and violence around the world.
In her previous role as IJM’s Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, Sharon was responsible for directing operations in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities. She has provided interviews for The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Fox News, NBC Dateline and BBC World. She testified before a Senate subcommittee on the domestic impact of international sex trafficking and before a House subcommittee on sex trafficking in South Asia. Her direct efforts have resulted in the release of children in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Cote d’Ivoire and Cambodia.
Currently, as IJM’s Senior Vice President of Justice System Transformation, Sharon’s primary responsibility is to ensure that IJM achieves its goal of securing justice and protection for the oppressed through transformed public justice systems. Sharon leads IJM’s work to prevent abuse from being committed against vulnerable people by strengthening public justice systems and community factors that will deter potential perpetrators and sustainably protect the poor from violence.
Philip received his B.Th. at the Calcutta Bible College, and upon his return, worked with his father’s ministry among the Saura Tribes in the rural areas of India.
By 2003, Philip felt the call to start his own ministry with a vision to build a Christian organization that provides holistic ministry amongst the most unreached and remote tribes in India. Philip called his ministry UPHOLD, as its core goal was to lift people to a personal relationship with Christ.
UPHOLD is located in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa where a staff of over 320 workers minister to those who have been neglected and oppressed by society including the most unreached and the most remote tribal groups in the hills of India.
Through a variety of projects including church planting, training, medical care, orphanages, water projects and counselling, UPHOLD aims to bring holistic transformation to the people and communities who have been struggling and mistreated for generations.
Philip is a dynamic leader and has trained over one hundred missionaries, started four orphanages and has responded to the needs of children and families with leprosy and HIV/AIDS.