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community driven, owned, and sustained

JEI trains paralegals from communities affected by oil extraction in the Niger Delta >> more

JEI trains paralegals from communities affected by oil extraction in the Niger Delta >> more

Otto Ilogbo community seeks protection from land grab by fire, violence >> more

Otto Ilogbo community seeks protection from land grab by fire, violence >> more

Lagos slum dwellers train Port Harcourt waterfront communities on savings >> more

Lagos slum dwellers train Port Harcourt waterfront communities on savings >> more


what we do

JEI trains, monitors, and supports networks of individuals providing community-based paralegal services in rural and urban poor communities in Nigeria.

Through the paralegal network and more broadly, JEI supports movement-building and inter-community solidarity within and between poor and marginalized communities.

When necessary, JEI undertakes strategic advocacy or litigation to backstop the work of paralegals and the activities of the broader community-based movement. 

Recognizing the power of locally generated information, JEI supports community-level documentation and data collection as a foundation for all of its activities. Moreover, because complex problems require multi-dimensional responses, JEI undertakes strategic collaboration with other organizations to leverage strengths and ensure lasting impact.

take action

JEI is people-powered. Without partners, supporters, advocates, friends, and allies, our work would not be possible. Join us. 

Poor and marginalized communities can become members of the Community Legal Support Initiative (CLSI) to receive free paralegal training and advocacy support. 

Others can participate by donating to support JEI and the communities we serve.

Other organizations with complementary aims can partner with CLSI and JEI to broaden and deepen our impact. Please contact us.


advocacy spotlight: otto ilogbo, a community under seige

Since April 2014, the Otto Ilogbo community in Lagos, Nigeria, has been sacked by fire and violence that has chased hundreds of innocent residents from their homes. A human rights defender from Otto Ilogbo, Agbodemu Musbau Ishola, has been targeted by a powerful family that sees him as a stumbling block to their taking over Otto Ilogbo. >> read Otto Ilogbo's complaint to the National Human Rights Commission

Watch the video and sign a petition to urge action to save Otto Ilogbo