Notable Quote: “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”
Background: Gary Haugen is a freedom fighter for International Justice Mission. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a law degree and went on to work with the Department of Justice. In 1994, he served on a UN team that investigated the Rwandan genocide. Because of what he experienced, he was deeply moved to empower law enforcement to fight injustice. In 2014, he published a book called The Locust Effect.
Activism: In 1997, Gary founded IJM, which has grown to be the world’s largest antislavery organization. In his March 2015 Ted Talk, Gary sites a driving motivator for the way IJM operates is that he did research and saw that most countries already had laws against injustices like slavery, they just didn’t have adequate law enforcement. He made the point that no matter how much we give to the poor, they will continue to suffer until we stop the bullies taking from them in the first place.
Why I Admire Him: Gary is a boots on the ground person. His beliefs prompt him to action and measurable change. I really respect and admire the charge to go into dark places and bring people to the light.
A song that reminds me of him: Fight for Freedom by Royal Tailor