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Bar. Beatrice Jedy Agba:The First Female Director-General of NAPTIP
Bar. Beatrice Jedy Agba is an anti-human trafficking advocate and social worker. She was the first Nigerian recipient of 2014 Trafficking in Persons Hero Award by US Department of State. The award was in recognition of her service to the country and her tireless efforts in the anti-human trafficking as well as bringing international recognition to the work of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Jedy-Agba has made a tremendous impact in the fight against human trafficking and other human rights violation, bringing justice to victims of trafficking in persons, through the conviction of various human trafficking offenders and her continued re-integration of victims of human trafficking. She was appointed as the Executive Secretary of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in 2011. Following the amendment of NAPTIP act, her designation was changed to Director-General(DG) of the agency, thus she became the first female to become a DG of the NAPTIP.

Some of the successes she recorded during her four years tenure at NAPTIP include: Restructuring of the agency to be among the top leading government anti-human trafficking globally; strengthened partnership/cooperation with international organizations, including United Nations and European Union; , developed a National Referral Mechanism (NRM); Strengthened partnership/cooperation with international organizations including United Nations and European Union, and attracted global commendation for efforts in combating human trafficking; amendment of NAPTIP Trafficking in Persons Acts.

Under her leadership, NAPTIP has become a model throughout Africa for coordination of government anti-trafficking efforts. Her work has resulted in the incorporation of human trafficking issues into national development discourse and planning. She has improved NAPTIP’s relationships with critical partners in Nigeria’s anti-trafficking response, such as local and international NGOs and foreign governments.

Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba is amongst the three hundred and thirteen prominent Nigerians and friends of Nigeria who were honoured with the Nigerian National honours Award at the International conference centre, Abuja, for their various outstanding contributions and service to Nigeria. She also received Nigerian presidential commendation for her work on ending trafficking in persons.
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