About The Speaker
R. Evon Benson-Idahosa
R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, the founder and Executive Director of Pathfinders Justice Initiative (pathfindersji.org), is a Nigerian native, a thought leader and leading expert on the subjects of modern day slavery and gender based violence in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a trained English Barrister and American lawyer who lends her expertise as an advisor/consultant to organizations as well as state, national and international governments on the issues of sex trafficking, the sexual exploitation of African women and gender based violence. She has served as a consultant to the Government of Nigeria (Parliament), the UN Rapporteur on Trafficking, the UK Home and Cabinet Offices as well as to the Edo State Government. In her role as an innovative facilitator/trainer, she has organized multiple high level stakeholders’ national and international conferences/roundtables, including Nigeria’s first ever Gap Analysis on human trafficking and unsafe migration, trains Parliamentarians and serves as a legislative drafter. Her work has culminated in the production of Nigeria's first national Guidelines for rehabilitation service providers and law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors on human trafficking. As an activist, published writer and speaker, Ms. Benson-Idahosa’s work has been featured on multiple radio and television news outlets, including CNN, CNNi, BBC, Al Jazeera and she has been named one of New York’s New Abolitionists. She is also the recipient of multiple fellowships/awards and has been nationally and internationally recognized for her efforts in seeking an end to gender based violence. For more information, please visit www.pathfindersji.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.