MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

IN 2000, THE UNITED NATIONS ESTABLISHED THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS – 8 ANTI-POVERTY TARGETS TO ACHIEVE BY 2015.

BEYOND 2015

IN 2015, THE UN WILL CREATE NEW GOALS, WHICH, FOR THE FIRST TIME, COULD INCLUDE JUSTICE AND SECURITY MEASURES TARGETING EVERYDAY VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POOR.

PROTECT THE POOR

IJM JOINS GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GROUPS, CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS AND WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS IN ENCOURAGING THE UN TO PURSUE INITIATIVES THAT ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE IN POVERTY.

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DEAR SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON,

Everyday violence against the poor undermines global efforts to improve health, education, and economic development. Public justice systems that reliably and professionally protect the vulnerable—especially women and children—from violence and exploitation are an essential component of sustainable development.

When the United Nations selects its 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), I respectfully urge you to support goals that:

  • Eliminate all forms of violence against children
  • Ensure that justice institutions are accessible, independent, well-resourced and respect due-process rights
  • Enhance the capacity, professionalism and accountability of the security forces, police and judiciary.

These provisions and more are included in Goals 10 and 11, recommended by the Eminent Persons Panel you appointed in July 2012.

When the UN makes its final decision on the 2015 MDGs, we urge you to ensure these are among them.

Respectfully,

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UNITED STATES
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Because I believe that individuals who have a voice should speak up for those who do not.
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This is a very important issue that will help billions of people move forward and live a better life
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UNITED STATES
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I am just beginning to become educated on the issues of violence in our world. I understand that these are real problems faced by God's creation all over this globe and it is my responsibility to get involved. To whom much is given much is required.
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UNITED STATES
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All that we try to do to feed, clothe, house, heal and educate the poor is undone by the scourge of violence. We must bring justice to the world if other humanitarian efforts are to be successful.
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UNITED STATES
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I want justice for all. In the healthiest sense of the word.
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Because God loves and calls us to love all people, without discrimination between rich and poor, and I want people to be able to lead violence-free lives with adequate access to just systems.
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Because it is the right thing to do.
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UNITED STATES
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This is my life. This is what I also want to accomplish in life. Poverty alleviation, economic empowerment, violence reduction.
M. Heffernan
UNITED STATES
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Every person, young or old, has the right to be free. People who exploit others need to be restrained.
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UGANDA
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BRAZIL
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We came to this world to serve. And it´s our duty to work together. In Latin America, everyone is a victim of violence and the poor are abandoned by the society and the govern.
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UNITED STATES
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We must do what we can to alleviate the suffering and injustice experienced by our brothers and sisters.
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INDIA
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I signed because every single person on the face of this planet deserves and has the right to be safe and live without the fear of violence.
N. Vance
UNITED STATES
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The poor deserve to be safe and secure.
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UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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I want to help end violence against the poor and make justice systems available to serve the poor.
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UNITED STATES
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I signed this petition because no one is free until we are all free. People live under the dangerous illusion that slavery is long gone. This couldn't be further from the truth. It's time to act now to end slavery once and for all.
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UNITED STATES
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P. Accetturo
UNITED STATES
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Nothing will change until violence is stopped.
D. Bergman
UNITED STATES
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Every person matters to God.
G. Thackston
UNITED STATES
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For my friends in Kenya who live with violence and injustice daily
R. Gerner
UNITED STATES
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Because I believe that individuals who have a voice should speak up for those who do not.
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C. Viniegra
MEXICO
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As a citizen of a country ravaged by everyday violence where the efforts of people of good will to do better, are constantly defeated by violence. I understand that including violence as a MDG is key for a better future.
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UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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B. Karras
GERMANY
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J. Mendicino
UNITED STATES
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It is time to do more to change the condition of lives
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UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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To help make a change. There is strength when we become one!
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UNITED STATES
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Because "He was sent to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free" Luke 4:18
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UNITED STATES
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Brynn Frantz encoraged me to
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UNITED STATES
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Because this is important.
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UNITED STATES
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M. Vakula
UKRAINE
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This is a very important issue that will help billions of people move forward and live a better life
L. Sprenger
CANADA
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R. De Mesa
SINGAPORE
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I pray daily for children who are homeless, oppressed and abused that they will find roofs to shelter them, family to protect them and teachers to educate them to be self sustaining in the future.
K. Gilbert
UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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i believe this is a true ways make the world a better place
R. Ramsay
UNITED STATES
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Bring attention to the need to target and stop unjust acts against the most innocent and vulnerable around the world.
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UNITED STATES
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I am just beginning to become educated on the issues of violence in our world. I understand that these are real problems faced by God's creation all over this globe and it is my responsibility to get involved. To whom much is given much is required.
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AUSTRALIA
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The violence worldwide against women and children is appalling. Change will only come from outside pressure on governments to act justly.
P. Pedro
NETHERLANDS
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This is besides food a basic need!
E. Halverson
UNITED STATES
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Protection should be a right, not a priveledge.
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UNITED KINGDOM
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H. RAWAND
GERMANY
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I am born in Afghanistan, and had the opertunity to grow up in german, i have family members who still live in violant in Afghanistan
R. McLaughlin
IRELAND
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Freedom from all forms of oppression and more efforts towards encouraging equality for all nations.
W. Bruce
UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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UNITED STATES
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L. deWaal
CANADA
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M. Moore
UNITED STATES
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The world must speak up on behalf of those who have no voice.
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UNITED KINGDOM
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M. Yarbrough
UNITED STATES
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Because I want to do anything I can to help fight injustice to those who can't help themselves.
K. Barnes
UNITED STATES
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Y. Neriah
SINGAPORE
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To make a difference!
y. neriah
SINGAPORE
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To make a difference!
C. Bass
UNITED STATES
Signed 1 month 1 week ago
God is a God of Justice. I have seen the undeniable effects of poverty and violence. I support this.
N. Rebeka
HUNGARY
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I signed this petition because I would like to take part in this campaign of fighting violence and the exploitation of the poor across the globe. I think that even with this step I can join this, even if physically I am far from these countries.
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UNITED KINGDOM
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UNITED STATES
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L. Stoddard
UNITED STATES
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I agree with the petition
R. Puterbaugh
UNITED STATES
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Protection and justice should not be a privilege, they should be a right.
A. Lee
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
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p.s. Taiwan is a sovereign nation rather than the province of China. I will very much appreciate if the system can modify the term.
D. White
UNITED KINGDOM
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Corruption and lawlessness within the developing world is one of the biggest reasons preventing myself and many others from donating and doing more. It's time the true root cause of these atrocities is dealt with.
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UNITED KINGDOM
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TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF
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I am activist on combating human trafficking
M. Villalta
UNITED STATES
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I dream of world where people are treated with the dignity and respect that every human being deserves. "Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of the widows." Isaiah 1:17
J. Moews
UNITED STATES
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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Keep up the good work.
V. Strugov
CANADA
Signed 1 month 2 weeks ago
The poor often can't speak for themselves. So the rest of us must. Beyond this we must act which is what IJM is doing. Signing this petition is the least I can do.
D. Smith
UNITED STATES
Signed 1 month 2 weeks ago
Justice for the poor is possible. Hope is real.
T. Fleck
UNITED STATES
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I have been involved in antihuman trafficking campaigns in college and love how involved the world is getting. This is awesome!
Y. Yong
SINGAPORE
Signed 1 month 2 weeks ago
I believe that everyday violence should never become a norm for anyone, not for the rich and definitely, not for the poor. Compassion should be the norm. If there is something that we can do to eradicate this epidemic of violence, we should.
S. Hamilton
UNITED STATES
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Children should be safe.
C. Pedros
UNITED KINGDOM
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K. Giles
UNITED KINGDOM
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R. Reid
UNITED STATES
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No human being should be held in slavery. I am concerned because the general public is unaware that there are more people in slavery today than the total number of slaves taken from Africa on slave ships.
M. Burberry
UNITED STATES
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M. Stoyak
UNITED STATES
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It is sickening to me that innocent people could be subjected to such violence. I am signing because I wan to be a part in getting justice for all.
J. Thiessen
CANADA
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Sociology professor who believes in the pursuit of greater social justice, equality, and peace.
E. Halverson
UNITED STATES
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My daughter is passionate about this cause and has inspired me too!
C. Drakos
UNITED STATES
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To make my voice heard in place of those whose voices are silenced.
S. Lin
SINGAPORE
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J. Gibbs
UNITED KINGDOM
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C. Redders
UNITED STATES
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I believe God calls us to speak up on behalf of the vulnerable.
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SOUTH AFRICA
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Moved by the talk on Ted regarding violence and its role in perpetuating poverty around the world.
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UNITED KINGDOM
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UNITED STATES
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CANADA
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