Gary A. Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission (IJM), a global human rights agency based in Washington, DC. Before founding IJM in 1997, Haugen was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and in 1994, he served as the director of the United Nations' investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.
Haugen is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More, and Just Courage. He has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero"—the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership.
His work to confront violence against the poor has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian, and National Public Radio. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received a JD from the University of Chicago.