Gary Haugen is the founder of International Justice Mission and was a part of our Summit Faculty at The Global Leadership Summit in 2008 and gave one of the highest-rated talks in Summit history, “Just Courage.”
While a member of the 1994 United Nations team investigating war crimes in Rwanda, Gary Haugen’s eyes were opened to the appalling extent of violence in the developing world. Upon his return to the US, he founded International Justice Mission, an organization devoted to rescuing victims of global violence including trafficking and slavery.
Gary was recently invited to speak at TED where he shared the hidden reason for poverty the world needs address now. He shared,
“Experts tell us that there’s about 35 million people in slavery today. That’s about the population of the entire nation of Canada, where we’re sitting today. This is why, over time, I have come to call this epidemic of violence the Locust Effect. Because in the lives of the poor, it just descends like a plague and it destroys everything. In fact, now when you survey very, very poor communities, residents will tell you that their greatest fear is violence. But notice the violence that they fear is not the violence of genocide or the wars, it’s everyday violence.”
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This was certainly a tremendous opportunity for the mission of IJM to get a global audience through TED and we’re excited to see how this will shine a light on the work they are doing to combat human trafficking around the world.
Speakers like Gary are a part of The Global Leadership Summit each year to challenge our thinking and to challenge us to live for the grander vision God has for our lives.
Help us spread the word about The Global Leadership Summit and you could win a copy of Gary’s book The Locust Effect. In The Locust Effect, Haugen outlines the catastrophic effect of everyday violence on the lives of the impoverished, and shows how rampant violence is undermining efforts to alleviate poverty. Enter to win below!