Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), Nigeria is a chapter of International CURE, an international organization. It began in 1972 in Antonio Texas, USA by Charles and Pauline Sullivan who organized families of prisoners and concerned citizens to go to the State legislature in Austin to work against the death penalty. In 1975, CURE moved to Austin and organized an annual convention. In 1985, CURE expanded to a national organization and established an office in Washington, DC.
And in 2001, CURE had its first international conference in New York City and was granted consultative status with the United Nations. There are about 35 states chapters of CURE in the United States, 25 country chapters in Africa, one in Asia, and one in Latin America. CURE has continued to organized international conferences every two years. The 4th took place at the United Nations in Geneva in 2009, while the 5th was at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, each bringing about 180 thousands human rights and prison reform advocates from more than 25 countries around the world. The 6th CURE World Conference will take place in 2013 in Asia.
CURE-Nigeria began in 2007 in Benin City, Edo State and expanded to a national organization in 2009 with the opening of an office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.