Dr. Ezeilo is an activist and versatile legal scholar recognized as a leading authority in the field of human rights, especially on the rights of women and children. She teaches Law at the Department of Public and Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria and pioneered, since 1997, the teaching of the Course, "Women, Children and the Law" making her Faculty and University the first to do so in Nigeria.
She was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children (August 1, 2008 to July 31st 2014), and served in that capacity globally; monitoring and reporting to both the Human Rights Council in Geneva as well as the UN General Assembly, New York. She was recently appointed by the UN Secretary General, December 2013 as a member of the Board of Trustees, UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking.
Joy Ezeilo is also the founding director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), a national organization that promotes human rights of women and young people. She is a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening scholarship (1995) and a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Funds for Leadership Development (1998). She has also received several national and international awards, including being conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the area of nation building, legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service.
Dr. Ezeilo is a visiting professor to several universities, especially in North America and a regent Professor, University of California, Riverside (2001). She has served in various governmental capacities, including as a Commissioner for Gender and Social Development, Enugu State, and also a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA). In April, 2013 she was recognized by Newsweek/Daily Beast International Magazine, USA as one of the 125 women of impact in the world for her work, especially in combating human trafficking--a modern day slavery.
Strategies to Reduce Human Trafficking and Protect the Human Rights of Vulnerable Groups
Unarguably, trafficking knows no borders and affects millions of women, children and men worldwide culminating in egregious violations of their human rights. Although, violence and exploitation foisted by trafficking in persons is not limited to sexual but extends to forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude of the removal of organs; nevertheless, sex trafficking is a prevalent form of trafficking affecting disproportionately women and girls across the world with serious repercussions on their human rights, sexual and reproductive rights. As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children with a mandate to "focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons, especially women and children" my global strategic vision has been hinged on eleven pillars of 5 Ps, 3 R's and 3 C's, which I consider crucial to ending human trafficking and protecting the human rights of victims and those vulnerable to being trafficked. My presentation will examine some of these pillars and in particular innovative human and victim centered approach that I have found and adopted as good and workable strategies, including recommendations that both public and private parties can imbibe to effectively and in a sustainable manner combat human trafficking.