We continue to push President Barack Obama to recognize trafficking for what it is and not get mixed up in the politics of advocates who are not as focused on addressing the climate of fear and coercion endured by so many workers around the world.
When you picture a human rights defender, are they carrying handcuffs? Are they removing you from your home or workplace and directing you into a police van?
Gary Haugen is cradling the padlocks in his thick hands. A former high
school football player–bristly crew cut, broad shoulders squeezed into
a dress shirt–Haugen has more the mien of a military man than a lawyer,
although his image is in keeping with the muscular work of the
organization he founded and heads. The president of the International
Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to
combating human rights abuses in the developing world, Haugen is musing
over the mementos of IJM’s work in India and Cambodia.