Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa named a Vital Voices GFE Fellow!

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA- We are proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, R. Evon Idahosa, has been named a 2017 Vital Voices Global Freedom Exchange (GFE) Fellow!  Vital Voices Global Partnership grew out of the U.S. Government’s Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, which was established by former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State, […]

PJI Welcomes the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation to Nigeria!

EDO STATE, NIGERIA- August 9-10, 2017.  PJI was honored to welcome the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation on its first ever visit to Nigeria!  The visit brought the team to Lagos and then to Benin City, Edo State, where they were able to meet with a group of our survivors and hear their stories of survival […]

UK Government Pledges Additional Funding to Fight Modern Slavery in Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA- The International Development Secretary for the United Kingdom (U.K.), Priti Patel, announced that an additional £7 million will be made available to support the efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in Nigeria.  Ms. Patel called for “a world free from the abhorrent trade of modern slavery” during a trip to Lagos […]

PJI Provides Vocational Skills Training for Widowed IDPs

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- August 10, 2017.  Via our Hearts of Hope Project, which provides support to survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, and in partnership with CWFI Skills Acquisition Centre, PJI provided our quarterly vocational skills training to 50 widows at the ICCF Missions Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Benin City.  (The […]

PJI Continues Collaboration with NAPTIP (Benin Zonal Command)

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- August 11, 2017.  PJI paid a courtesy visit to NAPTIP (Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) Benin Zonal Command to congratulate newly installed Zonal Commander, Barrister Nduka Nwanwene, on his recent appointment as Zonal Commander of NAPTIP’s busiest zonal command.  Barrister Nwanwene reiterated NAPTIP’s willingness to continue to […]

I Believe In Stretching Tight Shoes.

Growing up as a young child in Nigeria, my mother would often have us trace our growing feet on pieces of paper just before she was traveling to the United States or to England. Once she arrived, she would awkwardly take the drawings of our feet to a shoe store and use them to estimate […]

R. Evon Idahosa at CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Project (Africa Regional Workshop)

ENTEBBE, UGANDA- On July 4-6, 2017, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, in collaboration with the UK government, held its Modern Slavery Project (Africa Regional Workshop) in Entebbe, Uganda.  For three days, 40+ Parliamentarians from six African countries (Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya) who will influence legislation in their respective countries, met to address the scourge […]

Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa named M. Night Shyamalan Leader!

JUNE 28, 2017-We are honored to be welcomed into the distinguished group of leaders at the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. The Shyamalans’ innovative model finds and then empowers leaders who are already doing great work in education, poverty/livelihood and human trafficking around the world. Their mission is “to support the grassroots efforts of emerging leaders as […]

Nigeria Downgraded to Tier 2 Watchlist on 2017 TIP Report

JUNE 27, 2017- the U.S. State Department released its Trafficking In Persons Report for 2017, dropping Nigeria from a Tier 2 Country (countries whose governments do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards) to a Tier 2 Watchlist Country (countries whose governments do […]

The Grave Cost of Enduring Hope Demands That Nigeria #BringBack(ALL)OurGirls

It was the hottest part of a typical day in a small village just outside Abuja when her husband got the call they had been praying for. As I watched Rebecca uncontrollably drop to her knees in the middle of a dusty, dirt road, it took me a moment to comprehend what was happening.  Overwhelmed with […]