The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

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A Washington Post bestseller While 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 its 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? In one of the most remarkable social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in 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'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 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.
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Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission, a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has partnered with law enforcement to rescue thousands of victims of violence. Haugen was Director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero" -- the U.S. government's highest honor for anti-slavery leadership. 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.
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Jan 3, 2014
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Vier Milliarden Menschen werden von den Rechtssystemen ihrer Länder nicht vor Gewalt geschützt. Polizeigewalt, Raub, Vergewaltigung und Menschenhandel bedrohen täglich das Leben der Ärmsten. Neuen Studien zufolge fürchten sie willkürliche Gewalt sogar stärker als Wasser-, Nahrungs- und Medikamentenmangel.

Die internationale Entwicklungszusammenarbeit hat über viele Jahre einen wichtigen Faktor übersehen: Wenn Menschen, die von weniger als zwei Dollar am Tag überleben müssen, keinen Zugang zu einem funktionierenden Rechtssystem haben, nützen Hilfsprojekte gegen Hunger, Krankheit und Analphabetismus langfristig recht wenig.

Dieses Buch des Menschenrechtlers Gary Haugen zeigt, dass ein tiefgreifender Strukturwandel im Polizei- und Gerichtswesen vieler Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländer nötig – und möglich - ist.


„Mein Leben lang habe ich mit eigenen Augen gesehen, dass Talent, Ehrgeiz und die Bereitschaft zu harter Arbeit unter allen Menschen dieser Erde gleichermaßen verteilt sind. Doch manche von ihnen kämpfen Tag für Tag ganz einfach nur ums Überleben. „Gewalt - die Fessel der Armen“ erinnert uns auf ergreifende Art und Weise daran, dass wir unsere Augen nicht vor der Gewalt verschließen dürfen, die unsere gesamte Menschheit bedroht, wenn wir in einem 21. Jahrhundert des geteilten Reichtums leben wollen.“ Bill Clinton (ehemaliger Präsident der USA)

„Gewalt - die Fessel der Armen“ eröffnet die dringend benötigte Debatte über die Frage, wie sich Gewalt gegen Arme bekämpfen lässt. Wahre und schockierende Augenzeugenberichte zeigen, weshalb dieses Anliegen so dringend ist. Das Buch erinnert uns daran, dass ein funktionierendes Rechtssystem kein Privileg, sondern ein Grundrecht jedes Menschen ist. Wer Gary Haugens Werk liest, wird gleichermaßen berührt wie informiert.“ Madeleine Albright (ehemalige Außenministerin der USA)

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