Samson Inocencio, Jr.

Regional Vice President, Global Programs Against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Samson Inocencio, Jr. serves as Regional Vice President of IJM's Global Programs Against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and the National Director of IJM Philippines, leading teams that rescue and restore child victims of online sexual exploitation, ensure perpetrators are held accountable, and transform public justice systems so that they effectively work to protect vulnerable people in the Philippines and the region.

Three years after starting as a lawyer for IJM Manila in 2003, Sam transitioned from Manila to Cebu to help start the new office and to lead a young team of lawyers. Sam demonstrated his expertise in advocating for trafficking survivors not only in the courtroom, but also in designing and executing a national-level advocacy plan with government agencies. After being promoted to serve as Deputy Director of IJM Cebu in 2009, Sam led IJM into unprecedented partnerships with the government, including securing one of only three seats reserved for non-governmental organizations in the Philippines Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. After just four years of IJM Cebu’s work with local authorities, independent researchers measured an over 70% decrease in the availability of children for commercial sex. Sam returned to Manila to serve as Field Office Director in 2011, before his transition to National Director in 2016.

In 2017, under his leadership, IJM Philippines was accepted as the implementer of the Child Protection Compact, a bilateral agreement between the US and Philippine governments to enhance the methods of combatting online sexual exploitation of children and child labor trafficking.