Today, it is the most urgent threat for millions of the poorest people.
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.
What if you called the police and no one came to help you?
What if there was no wayto get justice if someoneharmed you or your children?
What if violent criminals in your neighborhood had no fear at all of being stopped or caught?
For poor peoplethroughout the developing world, this is everyday life.
No defense. No protection. Nothing to hold back violence.
Not just the violence that makes the headlines like war or genocide—but common, criminal violence:
WHEN YOU'RE NOT PROTECTED FROM VIOLENCE...
WORK ISN'T SAFE.
Nearly 30 million children, women and men are held as slaves.
CHILDREN AREN'T SAFE.
Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry. For millions more, sexual violence is a part of childhood.
THE STREETS AREN'T SAFE.
Instead of teaching their children to run to the police for help, parents must teach them to run from the police to stay safe.
HOME ISN'T SAFE.
Millions of vulnerable widows and orphans live in fear of being chased away from their rightful homes by more powerful neighbors.
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