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The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (MP3 CD)
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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.
About the Author
GARY HAUGEN is the president and founder of International Justice Mission, a non-profit human rights organization that investigates and intervenes on behalf of victims of oppression. Haugen received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, cum laude, where he was the Ford Foundation Scholar in International Law. He is a former UN war-crimes investigator, and now lives with his wife, Jan, and their four children in the Washington D.C. area.
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.
Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.