The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
:A Washington Post bestsellerWhile the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help the poor. Common violence like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land...
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:A Washington Post bestsellerWhile the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help the poor. Common violence like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, and police abuse has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in itspath, 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? In one of the most remarkable social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systemsin the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse, and there's nothing shielding the poor from violent people.Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here and what it will take to end the plague. The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world'spoorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of ourwell-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 will forever changethe 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 .
- :introduction Chapter 1: What Are We Missing? Chapter 2: The Hidden Crisis At History's Inflection Point Chapter 3: When The Locusts Lay Waste Chapter 4: "no One's Driven That Truck In Decades" Chapter 5: The Emperor Has No Clothes - At Allchapter 6: A Dream Devastated Chapter 7: Colonial Legacy And A Failure That Makes Sense Chapter 8: Private Justice And Public Lawlessness Chapter 9: You Get What You Pay For Chapter 10: It's Been Done Before Chapter 11: Demonstration Projects Of Hope Conclusion Appendix