The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its first-ever estimate of the number of inmates who are sexually abused in America each year... at least 216,600 inmates were victimized in 2008 alone. Contrary to popular belief, most of the perpetrators were not other prisoners but staff members—corrections officials whose job it is to keep inmates safe. On average, each victim was abused between three and five times over the course of the year. The vast majority were too fearful of reprisals to seek help or file a formal complaint.
(2) Poor (esp. black or hispanic) communities which are apt to experience police harassment, brutality, and lethal "wrong door" raids.
(3) Foreigners. (Probably the most egregious, and certainly the most wide-ranging, case.) Consider:
- Politicians are obsessed with preventing jobs from being "shipped overseas" to people who are in much greater need than unemployed Americans.
- Debates over immigration similarly focus on the negligibly-impacted interests of white Americans, neglecting the immensely higher stakes for wannabe immigrant workers (and their families / home communities that would benefit from remittances).
- Neglect of civilian deaths directly caused by American military escapades:
the US generally pays no more than $2,500 in compensation for the loss of an Afghan life. In contrast, after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the US government set up a Victim Compensation Fund. The average payment it made to families of victims was $1.8m. Adjusting for purchasing power at a 5:1 ratio suggest that the US regards the life of an American as equivalent to the lives of 144 Afghans.
- Neglect of death and suffering from "natural causes": We spend far more on "humanitarian" wars of questionable benefit than we do on proven health interventions (deworming, anti-malarials, tuberculosis vaccines, etc.) that would almost certainly do orders of magnitude more good.
I'm sure there are plenty more examples I've missed. What would you add?