Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, and Amaya Renobales, Director of the Protect Children in Tourism Project, will speak on a UN panel on February 28th. It is open to the public and you can find out the details by viewing the
CSW event flyer.
Also present will be representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and Hilton Worldwide.
WITNESS, the international human rights organization that trains human rights defenders to strategically use video to change practices, will produce with us a 12 to 18 minute advocacy video to protect sexually-exploited children from being treated as criminals in the U.S. Most states judicial systems treat trafficked children as criminal offenders rather than giving them the support and protection they need as victims. Currently, only four states have changed their approach by passing laws that we call “safe harbor” laws. These laws require that the children found in the sex trade be referred for protective services instead of prosecuted. With training and support from WITNESS, this video advocacy campaign will aid in passing strong, protective “safe harbor” legislation in the rest of the United States.
Valentine’s Day marks a day where we celebrate the loved ones in our lives This year when you buy a Valentine’s Gift for your honey, you can generate donations to protect children from sexual exploitation. Causes.com will donate $10 to ECPAT-USA every time one of our supporters buys flowers, chocolates or other Valentines gifts through our Facebook Cause. If you buy your Valentine’s Day Presents through Facebook Causes, they will donate $10 to your favorite Cause at no additional cost to you.
While league officials publicly come down hard on players and advertisers who reflect behavior deemed indecent or immoral, they do little to address the issue of rampant child trafficking that surrounds the Super Bowl every year. Click hear to read the official ECPAT-USA Super Bowl Press Release