While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence. Beneath the surface of...
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While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor.
It is a plague of everyday violence.
Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence -- like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality -- has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development.
How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? The answer is terrifying, and startlingly simple: There's nothing shielding the poor from violent people. In one of the most remarkable -- and unremarked upon -- social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse.
Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here -- and what it will take to end the plague. Filled with vivid real-life stories and startling new data, The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world's poorest,where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence.
While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect is a wake-up call: Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty - and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.
Victor Boutros is a federal prosecutor who investigates and tries nationally significant cases of police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human trafficking around the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also a member of the Justice Department's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, which consolidates the expertise of some of nation's top human trafficking prosecutors and enhances the federal government's ability to identify and prosecute large human trafficking networks.
Gary A. Haugen (J.D. University of Chicago, cum laude,) is president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding IJM, he worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda. He also served as the Visiting Scholar in Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is the author of Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian and Good News About Injustice .
- :i. The Deeper Waters Of Violencechapter One: The Desperate Drama Beneath The Surfacechapter Two: Five Nightmares That Destroy The Dreamii. If You're Not Safe, Nothing Else Matterschapter Three: The Poor Have No Protection And The Emperor Has No Clothes Chapter Four: No Medical Remedy For Violencechapter Five: Violence And The Dream Of Universal Human Rightschapter Six: Interesting But Not Helpfuliii. The Invisible Oxygen The Global Poor Don't Get To Breathechapter Seven: Impunity Not Povertychapter Eight: The Invisible Oxygen Of Law And Orderchapter Nine: Inside The Public Justice Pipelineiv. Why So Broken? Three Surprising Storieschapter Ten: The Absurdity That Makes Sensechapter Eleven: Private Substitutes For Public Justicechapter Twelve: You Get What You Pay Forchapter Thirteen: Threats To The Status Quov. Justice Is Possible For The Poor: The Problem That Simply Must-and Can-be Solvedchapter Fourteen: Hope And The Recovery Of A Lost Historychapter Fifteen: Lessons Of Hope From An Emerging Methodologychapter Sixteen: A Way Forward: What We All Need To Do Now