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Y-ACT (Youth Against Child Trafficking)

Y-ACT is currently working in these schools in NYC: Saint Joseph's High School, Renaissance School of the Arts in partnership with Citizens School, Bronx Writing Academy in partnership with Citizens School (in February), Brooklyn Technical High School (in February).

Private Sector Engagement

Sunday, 30th June 2015

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Public Policy and Government Relations

ECPAT-USA meets with Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova. The OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings conducts three to four high-level country visits. The objective of these visits is to share good practices, and assess the situation of THB and the effectiveness of anti-trafficking policies and strategies in the countries concerned.

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ECPAT-USA’s first #TourismHeroTuesday goes to Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

ECPAT-USA’s first #TourismHeroTuesday goes to Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

By: Jazmin Sepulveda & Michelle Guelbart, MSW

By Presidential Proclamation, January was officially named National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention by President Obama, which brings awareness to that fact that there are still over 20 million people living in slavery today. Over the years, incredible progress has been made through partnerships between governments and non-profits: laws protecting victims have been passed, offenders put in jail, the number of services have gone way up. In the last few years, the private sector has stepped up and gotten involved in fighting modern day slavery, especially when it comes to child sex trafficking victims. This month, we’ll be highlighting some of the important work of our private sector partners every #TourismHeroTuesday.

Among these companies is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson is part of a movement within hospitality industry to fight human trafficking. Carlson is an amazing stand-out company protecting children from exploitation. In 2004, when Marilyn Carlson Nelson (then CEO of Carlson Companies) heard that companies could implement training to identify and report child sex trafficking victims, she immediately wanted her company to get involved. It was a no-brainer to her and 12 years later— they haven’t stopped since.

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Our Mission

To protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA does this in four primary ways:
ECPAT-USA advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution;
ECPAT-USA promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
ECPAT-USA educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
ECPAT-USA empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.

ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. ECPAT-USA belongs to an international network of organization in 80 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.