Violence is an everyday threat.
For the poor, violence is as much a part of life as hunger, illness or unemployment. It is just more difficult to see.
While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor.
According to the United Nations, 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law.
That means their public justice systems – their police, courts and laws – are so broken, corrupt and dysfunctional that there is nothing to shield them from violence.
For poor people throughout the developing world, this is everyday life.
People are not safe because the justice systems that should protect them from violence, don’t.
When laws aren’t enforced, violent people can abuse, exploit and enslave others without consequence. Violence becomes commonplace, such as:
Day after day, our global team of lawyers, counsellors, activists and supporters are in the trenches, fighting together to push back the advance of everyday forms of violence.
Every day, we’re seeing proof that it is possible to not only rescue individual people, but to stop the violence before it starts.