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Gary Haugen
Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM) - a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities and law enforcement to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has served thousands of survivors of violence. Haugen was the 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 highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to confront violence against the poor have been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including The Locust Effect, forthcoming form Oxford University Press in February 2014.

Entries by Gary Haugen

Tackling Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:33 PM


Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to...

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What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 2:31 PM

In my job, I see a lot of very hard things. I see families enslaved by violence, widows and orphans thrown off their own land, young girls who have been horrifically abused; but I also get to see one of the most unstoppable forces for justice at work in the...

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Overcoming Ordinary Terror

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 12:19 PM

It's been a month since more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school by the militant group Boko Haram. The world has since been watching in horror as news of the abduction has come out, first in trickles and now torrents.

Many of us have...

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20 Years After Genocide in Rwanda, Violence Against the Global Poor Still a Reality

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Twenty years ago this week, an entire nation in Africa quietly slipped off the edge of civilization and into the abyss of mass murder -- and did so without most of us paying the slightest attention. Like a silent tsunami suddenly rising with terror from the sea, Rwanda was engulfed...

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Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:54 AM

The findings of Oxfam's latest report on poverty made headlines this week with their stark picture of global divide: The richest 85 people in the world hold the same wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people. There are many obvious ways in which the lives of those wealthy...

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And Justice for All: Enforcing Human Rights for the World's Poor

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 10:17 AM

Hilda reports the rape of her 12-year-old daughter to the local police in a slum in a Latin American metropolis. The officers don't have a car to arrest the suspect and instead instruct the diminutive woman to find the accused -- a physically imposing security guard -- and bring him...

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