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- In developing countries, the poor are disproportionately impacted by illegal imprisonment and overloaded legal systems. India has 11 judges for every 1 million people. Judges in the Philippines have an average backlog of 1,479 cases. Kenya has only 63 prosecutors for a population of 30 million.
- In the USA, 20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty, an annual cash income half of the official poverty line – about $10,000 for a family of four. And, 49.9 million people (16.35 of the US population) do not have medical insurance.
- Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today – more than any other time in history.
- Worldwide, an estimated 16 million children under 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS, 14.8 million of which live in sub-Saharan Africa.