What We Do

The Justice Initiative (TJI)
TJI works with multiple partners, including Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Network of Civil Society Organizations Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT), Ministry of Women’s Affairs, various Nigerian Consulates and CSOs, International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Salvation Army (Nigeria)Mayak Foundation (Russia), Piam Onlus Asti (Italy), On The Road (Italy), Dispositif National Ac.Sé (France) and LEFÖ (Austria) to prevent sex trafficking and to liberate women and girls trapped in modern day slavery.  We currently serve as consultants to Nigeria’s Parliament/Legislature (Senate and House of Representatives), the UK Home Office (via CPA UK and its Modern Slavery Project) and the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Trafficking. (We have previously served as consultants to the Edo State Government.) TJI also serves as an accountability watchdog by demanding that government and non-government institutions which are theoretically tasked with the responsibility to protect survivors of gender based violence and abuse actually do their job. TJI lobbies for and advises on legislative change, ensures that survivors gain access to justice and legal services, advocates for various causes and champions the abolishment and/or amendment of archaic laws through judicial reform and the mass mobilization of educated civilians. We also organize and conduct national and international trainings/workshops for Parliamentarians, government officials and the general public on the subjects of human trafficking/migration. PJI is listed on Polaris’ Global Modern Slavery Directory and maintains special consultative status to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.
At Pathfinders, we utilize an interdisciplinary approach which incorporates a human rights, cognitive restructuring/behavior modification and an economic development methodology as the solution to sex trafficking.  The Anchor is the branch of PJI which not only provides free shelter, but also provides vocational skills training, start up business training and funding, financial literacy as well as education scholarships to young women who are susceptible to sex trafficking in Nigeria, an internationally recognized sex trafficking hub. In addition to the foregoing, free medical and counseling services, as well as pro bono legal assistance, are also available to survivors of sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and rape. In line with our core value of empowerment, we partner with each survivor to develop her own customized PATH (Personalized Action to Healing) PLAN, which consists of any of our available services. Because we view each woman as an economic asset to Nigeria, our social enterprise, The Pathfinder Project, utilizes a “basic income guarantee” model to support survivors and beneficiaries who create Nigeria inspired jewelry, accessories, clothing and bath and body products. PJI also partners with multiple local and seven international NGOs that offer shelter and assistance to survivors of modern day slavery that have been trafficked for sex from West Africa into the developed world.
The Voice
The Voice is the free legal representation arm of PJI which links female survivors of sex crimes with the pro bono services of lawyers, as required.  Our growing team of 20+ attorneys advise survivors of their legal rights, represent them in Court by watching brief, provide access to information and legal services, assist sex trafficking survivors in creating legal identities post repatriation, conduct research on advocacy issues being championed by PJI, advise on the status of national and international law, conduct trainings and speak at our workshops, trainings and seminars.
TruthTellers is the community transformation arm of PJI which seeks to shed light on PJI’s mission by focusing on the awakening and education of local communities to the injustices ladened in gender based violence and sex trafficking. TruthTellers also promotes the empowerment of women and girls through campaigns, trainings, seminars, daily public service announcements on radio and television (reach over 2 million people daily), weekly outreaches and cognitive/behavioral restructuring workshops and engages men as allies in the push for gender justice. Our #TakeMeOffMute™, #SheSaidNo and #Not4Sale anti-sex trafficking campaigns are all sponsored by TruthTellers, which also champions our prevention efforts.