THE LOCUST EFFECT

Uncover the hidden plague the world has missed.

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.

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.

A PLAGUE OF EVERYDAY VIOLENCE

A PLAGUE OF EVERYDAY VIOLENCE

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4 billion people around the world are not protected by their justice systems.

VIOLENCE IS THEIR EVERYDAY

WHAT IS EVERYDAY VIOLENCE?

For the poor, violence is as much a part of life as hunger, illness or unemployment—but it is more difficult to see. Without effective justice systems to protect them from violence (like rape, trafficking and police brutality), the world’s poor live in a state of constant fear.

WHAT IS THE LOCUST EFFECT?

When locusts descended on the American Midwest in 1875, they didn’t just devour crops and forests. They destroyed years of hard-earned progress from settlers struggling to build a better life.

In the same way, everyday violence is destroying the efforts of millions trying to rise out of poverty today. And because they are unsafe, the poor cannot benefit from the world’s best efforts to help them thrive.

More than just a book, The Locust Effect represents a new approach to ending global poverty—and a bold call to end violence against the poor.

A WORLD IN FEAR

MORE THAN 45 MILLION PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY ENSLAVED WORLDWIDE


Men, women and children are sold into forced labor or prostitution, where violence, deceit and abuse become their everyday.

1 IN 5 WOMEN IS A VICTIM OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE


Although females of every social class around the world are vulnerable to violence, it is poor women and girls everywhere who are the most likely to be assaulted.

5 MILLION PEOPLE CHASED FROM THEIR HOMES EVERY YEAR


Violent criminals steal homes and land from vulnerable widows and orphans, leaving them homeless, hungry and afraid.

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CHANGE THEIR EVERYDAY

This is only a glimpse into the hidden violence facing children and families every day in the developing world.

But there is hope. Fixing broken justice systems can make the poor safe and protect our investments in ending global poverty. It’s time to offer the poor a better chance at life without fear.

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