Violence is an everyday threat.
According to the United Nations, 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. That means that 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 thedeveloping world, this is everyday life.
No defense. No protection. Nothing to hold back violence. Not just the violence that makes headlines like war or genocide, but common, criminal violence:
Millions of children and families are forced to work for little or no pay in abusive and often violent conditions.Read More
Children and young women are forced into the sex industry, generating billions for the criminals who exploit them.Read More
1 in 5 women around the world is a victim of rape or attempted rape, and impoverished women and girls are particularly vulnerable.Read More
Vulnerable widows and orphans are chased from their homes, leaving them destitute.Read More
Police Abuse of Power
Corrupt officers extort bribes from the poor and throw the innocent in jail.Read More
Citizenship Rights Abuse
Minority families in Thailand are denied legal rights, leaving them open to trafficking and abuse.Read More
When you’re not protected from violence:
Work isn’t safe.
More than 45 million children, men and women are held as slaves.
Home isn’t safe.
Millions of vulnerable widows and orphans live in fear of being chased away from their homes.
The streets aren’t safe.
Parents teach their children to run away from police to stay safe.
How We Work
Every day, IJM, our local partners and a global justice movement are standing together to push back the advance of everyday violence. And every day, we’re seeing proof that it is possible to not only rescue individual people – but to stop violence before it starts.Learn More