Washington, 16 June 2023( TDI): R. Evon Benson-Idahosa from Nigeria is among the distinguished 2023 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report heroes.

The United States Department of State released the highly anticipated 2023 TIP Report heroes.

Governments worldwide are assessed in this annual report for their efforts to combat human trafficking and are provided with recommendations for further progress.

Secretary Antony Blinken seized the opportunity to recognize and honor the exemplary work of the 2023 TIP Report Heroes.

R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, a Nigerian native, is the founder and Executive Director of Pathfinders Justice Initiative (PJI). She is widely recognized as a leading expert and thought leader in the areas of modern-day slavery and gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Secretary Blinken expressed his delight in showcasing her remarkable achievements. According to him, R. Evon Benson-Idahosa’s unwavering dedication to empowering and uplifting the voices of sex trafficking survivors has earned her acknowledgment.

Through her organization, she has played a crucial role in addressing the root causes of human trafficking and providing essential support to those affected.

Furthermore, her advocacy work with the Nigerian government at various levels has resulted in significant improvements to anti-trafficking policy and legislation.

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The Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, stated that human trafficking violates our foundational values of equality and unalienable rights. He emphasized that it erodes communities, weakens the rule of law, and undermines national security.

President Biden’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking reflects the administration’s commitment to keeping this fight at the forefront of the national security agenda.

The United States Mission to Nigeria sincerely congratulates R. Evon Benson-Idahosa for this well-deserved honor. Her dedication and passion inspire others and contribute to a brighter future free from human trafficking.