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Partner with us by joining one of our regional teams. We are currently seeking like-minded individuals with whom our vision resonates. Assist by donating your legal or medical expertise/services, by serving as a volunteer to empower survivors, by amplifying their voices and/or by replicating PathFinders in your local community or school via our Pathfinders’ School Clubs.

For more information or to volunteer, please email us at info@pathfindersji.org or write to us at our international headquarters in Nigeria:

PathFinders Justice Initiative, Inc.®
1 Faith Way, GRA
Benin City, Edo State NIGERIA

MAKE A DONATION OR RAISE AWARENESS!

We need your support to eradicate sex trafficking and to empower survivors in the developing world. Your tax deductible donation can help rescue one and create a path for many.  To find out how your donation will support our programs, click here.

Via our Hearts of Hope Project, Pathfinders is also currently fundraising to assist female survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.  Many have endured rape, torture, stonings, starvation, disease and forced marriages. Others are pregnant and HIV+.  More specifically, the Project is fundraising to provide basic hygiene products (such as underwear, sanitary pads, soap, toothbrushes and towels) and services to meet the specific needs of the women and girls. Kindly indicate that your donation is to be allocated to the “Hearts of Hope-Survivors’ Project” when you donate or by emailing us your donation details at info@pathfindersji.org.

Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Inc.® is a New York 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (tax ID number 46-5601806) as well as a non-government organization (NGO) registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria (CAC/IT/No. 70798).  All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.

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Attend an Event
Modern Slavery Project (Africa Regional Workshop)
On July 4-6, 2017, Pathfinders’ R. Evon Benson-Idahosa will be a speaker at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Modern Slavery Project (Africa Regional Workshop) in Entebbe, Uganda. African Parliamentarians from six regional countries (Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya) will come together to combat modern slavery, with the goal of networking to support the development of modern slavery legislation.  The program will focus specifically on challenges and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, which according to the Global Slavery Index, has an estimated 6.2 million victims of modern slavery and the world’s highest rate of child trafficking.  Parliamentarians from the U.K. who were involved in passing the 2015 Modern Slavery Act will also be attending the workshop.  For more information, please email us at info@pathfindersji.org.

Trafficking Programme

Edo State Human Trafficking Workshop

On May 5th and 6th, 2017, Pathfinders, as consultants to the Edo State Government of Nigeria, will be organizing a 2-day workshop on human trafficking alongside the Edo State Strategic Planning Unit.  The workshop will bring together over a hundred stakeholders to the table, including NAPTIP Nigeria, UNODC, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs and Immigration Services, dozens of CSOs (including IOM, ILO, TY Danjuma Foundation, FIDA, NAME, CONGOS, WOTCLEF, etc.), traditional rulers and community leaders, Federal and State Ministries, destination embassies, religious institutions, members of the British High Commission in Nigeria, members of the Italian Parliament, Nigeria’s Special Advisor on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, world renowned women’s activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin (Chairwoman), and others to collectively strategize and make recommendations to the government on how to tackle and eradicate human trafficking from Edo State.  For more information or to participate, email us at info@pathfindersji.org.


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Idahosa Legacy 5K Walk
If you are in Abuja, Nigeria, please join Pathfinders on Saturday March 4, 2017 at Old Parade Ground in Area 10 for the first annual Idahosa Legacy 5k Walk to raise funds to support our work with survivors of rape and sex trafficking. 100% of the proceeds will be donated towards prevention and the rehabilitation of survivors. Time is 7am.  The Benin walk is on March 11, 2017 at 7am from Kada Plaza, Sapele Road. Please be sure to bring some water and comfortable walking shoes as you support this cause. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation.

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Unfortunately, the 1,000 days commemoration of the April 14, 2014 abduction of 276 school girls by Boko Haram is on January 8, 2017.  Please save the date to stand in solidarity with global advocates and organizers for #BringBackOurGirls in New York, New York (3:00pm) as we remind the world that 196 #ChibokGirls remain in the hands of the world’s deadliest terror group and have yet to be rescued.  Additional details will follow soon.

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Volunteer with our Hearts of Hope Project on November 22, 2016, as we empower 21 women who were widowed by Boko Haram and who have themselves survived violence with vocational skills training in bag design, catering, talcum powder making and more!  A market within the camp where the women will be able to sell their products is being designed and your continuing assistance in this regard will be appreciated.
Location: ICCF Missions IDP Camp, Benin City, Nigeria
Time: 9:00am at Faith Arena
Date: November 22, 2016
For more information, contact 0817-612-3228.  Transportation and lunch will be provided.

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Did you know that 9/10 women trafficked into Europe are from Edo State, Nigeria?  1 in every 3 young women there has been recruited into sex trafficking.  Many are falling into the trap of prostitution in light of the toxic combination of poverty, little to no education and a lack of economic empowerment/opportunities. You can be a part of the solution and help us end the problem.  Join us in Benin City, Edo State (Nigeria) at CWFI’s National Convention on August 13th (10:00am in Ogba Village) and CFI’s National Convention on August 18th (10:00am at GRA) at our anti-sex trafficking workshop.  Learn the signs in order to identify a victim of sex trafficking and avoid falling into the traps of a trafficker.  Your presence there could save a life!  For more information, call 0817-612-3228.

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Volunteer with our Hearts of Hope Project at the ICCF Internally Displaced Persons Camp for Boko Haram survivors in Benin City, Nigeria on August 15th and August 29th, 2016 (9:00am at Faith Arena, 1 Faith Way, GRA), as we begin the process of formally registering the camp’s 1100 children in order to provide them with legal identities.  For additional information, call 0817-612-3228.  Transportation and lunch will be provided.

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#HopeEndures VIGIL AND MARCH FOR #CHIBOKGIRLS

In commemoration of the second year anniversary of the April 14, 2014 abduction of the #ChibokGirls of Nigeria, join Pathfinders and various other NGOs, organizations and interfaith groups in New York City on Thursday April 14, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Church Center for the United Nations (777 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York) for a prayer vigil followed by a protest march. Come stand in proxy for each of the 219 girls and thousands more who remain in captivity and remind the world that they are not forgotten.  Two years is too long! Bring your signs and placards!  Wear RED!
#HopeEndures #NeverToBeForgotten


 

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#TAKEMEOFFMUTE LAGOS

Sound the alarm!  In partnership with Church of God Mission, Int., Inc. (Lagos), Pathfinders’ TruthTellers is taking its #TakeMeOffMute anti-child sex abuse Campaign to Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday April 9, 2016. The Campaign, which is backed by prominent voices in Nigeria, including internationally renowned women’s rights activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin (Women Arise) and award winning actress and producer, Joke Silva, offers a novel and holistic approach to self defense by empowering Nigeria’s youth with knowledge concerning how they can defend themselves mentally, physically, emotional and “legally.”  It is time to amplify the voices of survivors and sound the alarm on the issues of child sex abuse and violence against women and girls! Plan to join us at 9:00am at CGMI’s Victoria Island Zonal Headquarters in Lekki. See you there!


 

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#NOT4SALE ANTI-SEX TRAFFICKING WORKSHOP

Did you know that 6/10 people trafficked to the West are from Nigeria? Of that number, over 90% of the women and girls who are trafficked to work in Europe’s multi-billion sex industry are from Edo State. According to statistics, 1/3 young women in Edo State has been recruited into the sex trafficking industry. Join us for our interactive workshop at CWFI’s Restoration Center in Ogba, Benin City (by Ogba Market-Airport Road), at 8:30am on Thursday April 7th. Come listen to the real life experiences of sex-trafficking survivors who have repatriated back to Nigeria after being used and broken overseas. These are the fortunate ones who lived to tell. You do not want this to happen to you! Be empowered! Bring a sister, a daughter, a friend and avoid becoming the next victim of traffickers. Take a stand against sex trafficking today! Join us!


 

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WHEN OUR WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE TAKEN

In partnership with The Drammeh Institute, join #BringBackOurGirlsNYC on March 19, 2016 at 10:30am at the Church Centre for the United Nations for a parallel forum of the 60th Session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women as we discuss the silence surrounding the disappearance of missing black women and girls in society. PJI’s R. Evon Idahosa will be speaking at the event on the still missing #ChibokGirls of Nigeria who were abducted by terrorists on April 14, 2014 and the implications resulting from the wholesale devaluation of women and girls in African society. Reserve your tickets now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-our-women-and-girls-are-taken-tickets-21075015940?aff=eivtefrnd.


 

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In partnership with Word of Faith Group of Schools (Abuja), PJI’s TruthTellers is taking its #TakeMeOffMute anti-child sex abuse Campaign to Nigeria’s Capital City, Abuja, on October 9, 2015. The Campaign, which is backed by prominent voices in Nigeria, including internationally renowned women’s rights activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin (Women Arise) and award winning actress and producer, Joke Silva, offers a novel and holistic approach to self defense by empowering Nigeria’s youth with knowledge concerning how they can defend themselves mentally, physically, emotional and legally.  It is time to amplify our voices on the issues of child sex abuse and violence against women! Plan to join us at 10:00am at Word of Faith Abuja (Plot 604, Durumi (Area 1)) for the first day of the rest of your life! See you there!


 

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Join Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa in Benin City, Edo State (Nigeria) at the CWFI Women’s Convention from August 12-16, 2015 (1 Faith Way, Benin City) where she will be a guest speaker on the subject: “Is There Total Restoration Post Trauma?” The Women’s conference draws upwards of 25,000 women from around the world and is themed “Love Breaks Law.” For more information, please visit www.cgmiglobal.org/cwfi. Also, follow and support Pathfinders this summer, as we launch in Yaounde, Cameroon on August 22, 2015 via our “Image Bearers, Please Stand Up!” Programme. The one day Programme, in collaboration with CWFI Cameroon/IGM, will consist of various women’s empowerment group sessions and workshops that address the implications of violence against women, child sex abuse and sex trafficking. There will also be specific workshops that address the role of men in the push for gender justice. Please follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pathfindersji) for additional information and if you’re in Cameroon, please join us!


 

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Join Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa in New York City on May 28, 2015 (6:30pm-8:30pm) as she participates on a panel to discuss PJI’s work as civil society agitators for social justice and the role of non-violent resistance in the 21st century.


 

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On April 14, 2015, hundreds will gather in New York City to commemorate the one year anniversary of the abduction of almost 300 girls that were stolen from their school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.  In collaboration with several other organizations, Pathfinders will host an interfaith and intergenerational vigil at the Church Center for the United Nations (777 United Nations Plaza, New York City) beginning at 6pm.  The vigil will be followed by a silent ‘red tape’ march to the Nigerian Embassy which is a block away.  Come join us, as we amplify the silenced voices of over 219 still missing Chibok Girls and remind the world that they have not been forgotten.


 

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In partnership with the Knowledge Development Center, PJI’s TruthTellers is taking its #TakeMeOffMute total self defense campaign to Port Harcourt, Nigeria on March 6, 2015. The campaign, which is backed by prominent voices in Nigeria, including internationally renowned women’s rights activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin (Women Arise) and award winning actress and producer, Joke Silva, provides a novel and holistic approach to self defense by empowering Nigeria’s youth with knowledge concerning how they can defend themselves mentally, physically, emotional and spiritually. It is time to amplify our voices on the issues of child sex abuse and violence against women! Plan to join us at 10:00am at the Knowledge Development Center located at 202A Aba Road, Waterlines, Port Harcourt. See you there!


 

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ANTI-TRAFFICKING WORKSHOP

Did you know that the largest group of women in prostitution from Sub-Saharan Africa are from Edo State, Nigeria? And that one in every three young women in Edo State has been approached by a trafficker to be trafficked to Europe as part of the billion dollar sex trade industry?

Trafficking is modern day slavery and the implications are far reaching and can include death. Educate yourself and your loved ones on the dangers of sex trafficking at our upcoming Pathfinders Justice Initiative Seminar on the subject.

When? Tuesday, December 30th
Where? Miracle Center (Main Hall), 1 Giwa Amu Street, Benin
City, Edo State NIGERIA
Time? 10:00am

If you are in Nigeria, please join us!


 

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HEARTS OF HOPE

Via our “Hearts of Hope” Project, PJI is partnering with some local CGMI Churches in Nigeria  to bring hope and joy to some of the thousands of displaced children in Yola (Adamawa State, North East Nigeria) who were forced to leave their homes as they fled Boko Haram. Many are now orphans, as they join the 3.3 million other internally displaced people throughout Nigeria, some of which are living in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps and with host families in Yola.  Our goal is to provide at least 500 children with “Hearts of Hope” care packages for Christmas.  Please contribute, donate, give, extend yourself for someone you may never meet by clicking on our MAKE A DONATION button now.  100% of all proceeds received will directly fund the ongoing “Hearts of Hope” Project.


 

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#TAKEMEOFFMUTE BENIN CITY!

In partnership with Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria, PJI’s TruthTellers will be launching its #TakeMeOffMute total self defense campaign on October 22, 2014. The campaign, which is backed by prominent voices in Nigeria, including women’s rights activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin, provides a novel and holistic approach to self defense by empowering secondary and University female students with knowledge concerning how they can defend themselves mentally, physically, emotional and spiritually. Plan to join us at 10:00am at BIU!

RALLY: Act4Accountability and PJI will be co-organizing a protest on August 6, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. where African Leaders are gathering for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to raise awareness on the still missing 276 girls that were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014.  Time: 6:30pm.

RALLY: In conjunction with #BringBackOurGirls NYC, PJI will be organizing a rally in New York City at Ralph Bunche Park (across from the UN) on June 16, 2014, International Day of the African Child.  Time: 12pm.


 

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THE MOTHERS CRY

Join PJI’s R. Evon Idahosa on June 28, 2014 at “The Mothers Cry,” a national day of prayer in Lagos, Nigeria (Tafawa Balewa Square) for the safe return of #276 resilient school girls that were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014 and for their hopeful families.  R. Evon Idahosa will be speaking.  Program theme is “Return, Restore, Rebuild” and time is 10:00am-5:00pm.  Wear yellow to symbolize hope.  #CareForOurGirls.

CGMI YOUTH SUMMIT 2014: PJI’s R. Evon Idahosa will be speaking on “Redefining Masculinity” and hosting interactive talks and workshops on the subject at Faith Arena, #1Faith Way,  Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria during CGMi’s National Youth Summit 2014 (August 19th-August 24th).  Be sure to attend!