NEWARK - New Jersey's senators and Nigerians from the Garden State say they are behind the nation's efforts to help locate hundreds of missing Nigerian girls.
Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede represents everything the terror group Boko Haram hates. "I was born here, my parents are Nigerian I just feel it's my duty not to forget where I came from," she says.
Odugbesan-Omede was born in New Jersey, raised in Newark and holds a PhD. She is a humanitarian and is not afraid to condemn the terror group's recent kidnapping of hundreds of girls.
She has made countless trips to Nigeria. In 2010, she was in the capital when Boko Haram bombed the city's Eagle Square.
Odugbesan-Omede says that attack pales in comparison to the group's mass kidnappings and the fear campaign. "They've been doing this," she says. "They've been bombing schools they've been massacre-ing people in places of worship.
New Jersey's senators and Odugbesan-Omede support American efforts to find help find the girls.
However, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) insists U.S. troops will not be used.
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ) is praising the virtual twitter campaign #bringbackourgirls that has brought light to the mass kidnapping.
Boko Haram may still have the girls, but Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede has a simple message for all of them. "I want to encourage every girl," she says. "And every young woman in Nigeria to not give up."
Menendez hosted a round-table discussion with other Nigerians from New Jersey Friday.