ECPAT-USA Supporters: Cyclist Dorothea Calabrese Puts Her Helmet Back On To Ride With ECPAT-USA In The Five Boro Bike Tour

ECPAT-USA Supporters: Cyclist Dorothea Calabrese Puts Her Helmet Back On To Ride With ECPAT-USA In The Five Boro Bike Tour

This is part of a series of blog posts about individuals, families and corporations who use their time and talents to benefit of ECPAT-USA and to raise awareness about the issue of child sex trafficking. These people have taken it upon themselves to educate others in their own ways and have allowed us to grow our network more than we could on our own. We do not take credit for their actions, but we are endlessly thankful for their support.

Last year’s TD 5 Boro Bike Tour Photo courtesy of Ed Haas / Bike New York

After a break from a life that used to include cycling regularly, Dorothea Calabrese is hopping back on the bike as a member of the ECPAT-USA Charity Team in this year’s Five Boro Bike Tour. A travel buyer for Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company, who is also sponsoring her slot on the team, Calabrese is slightly nervous (but excited) about the 40-mile ride, and she has an unrivaled cheering section in her two kids.

We talked to Calabrese about her 25 years in the travel and tourism industry, how she’s seen the awareness of sex trafficking increase over time and why her training is a family affair.

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HOW TO JOIN THE END IT MOVEMENT WITH ECPAT-USA

HOW TO JOIN THE END IT MOVEMENT WITH ECPAT-USA

On February 23, 2017, ECPAT-USA will be partnering with the END IT Movement in order to shine a light on modern day slavery. Organizations, individuals and companies around the world will join in an awareness campaign on Twitter and Facebook to join together to fight for freedom.

Here’s how you can be part of the movement:

Step 1: On February 23rd, draw red ❌’s on your hands.

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ECPAT-USA PART OF COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATING FOR FUNDING TO FIGHT TRAFFICKING

ECPAT-USA PART OF COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATING FOR FUNDING TO FIGHT TRAFFICKING

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2016)  – ECPAT-USA, along with four other co-signing organizations, sent a letter to Congress calling for the continuation of important funding that helps the U.S. government investigate claims of forced child labor.

The money allows for the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to be able to prevent and enforce federal laws associated with labor and sex trafficking of children, forced child labor, use of child soldiers and the sexual exploitation of children. The funding also creates programs that seek to prevent the illegal importing of goods that were created using forced or prison labor.

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JOIN ECPAT-USA IN STOPPING SEX TRAFFICKING BEFORE IT STARTS THIS #GIVINGTUESDAY

JOIN ECPAT-USA IN STOPPING SEX TRAFFICKING BEFORE IT STARTS THIS #GIVINGTUESDAY

img_2627In the past year, cases of sex trafficking have been reported in all 50 states in the U.S. So, for our #GivingTuesday campaign this year at ECPAT-USA, we wanted to focus on how we can stop these cases of sex trafficking from happening before they even start.

Our Youth Against Child Trafficking (Y-ACT) program is our largest prevention program. We believe that through empowering our primary stakeholders, America’s children, we will be able to stop child sex trafficking before it starts. Our youth program trains students to be the foremost advocates in their communities, educating them on the facts, misconceptions and risks of trafficking. Where there is education, there is prevention, and through Y-ACT, youth are able to use their voice and knowledge to educate and empower others about the issue.

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HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS TRAINING TO BE MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND GLOBAL

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS TRAINING TO BE MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND GLOBAL

By: Nicole Walker & Michelle Guelbart

ECPAT-USA and Marriott International, in collaboration with Polaris and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), are excited to announce updates to the current American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLEI) e-learning module that is used to train hospitality industry front-line employees.

human-trafficking-images-needed-1The travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to identify victims because traffickers move across cities and countries using air and ground transportation companies. Hotels often serve as venues for exploitation, without the knowledge of owners. In addition, hotel employees may be victims of labor trafficking.

ECPAT-USA is working to get training to every hospitality employee, no matter what hotel property or brand they work for, because human trafficking can happen at any hotel. When employees are trained, they can better respond to situations of human trafficking and ensure safety.

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Uber, Along with ECPAT-USA and Representative Paulsen, Launches Driver Training Materials to Combat Human Trafficking

Uber, Along with ECPAT-USA and Representative Paulsen, Launches Driver Training Materials to Combat Human Trafficking

Minnesota – October 21, 2016 – Uber Technologies Inc. continued their commitment to preventing human trafficking by announcing information about human trafficking, including the signs of trafficking and the number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, will be available to drivers at the company’s Greenlight Hub information centers.

Representatives from the company were joined by Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and ECPAT-USA in hosting a roundtable discussion with Uber’s top drivers in the Twin Cities area on how they can educate and promote awareness within the community about these crimes.   

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ECPAT-USA Supporters: marathoner Annie Ugurlayan uses 26.2 miles to fight sex trafficking

ECPAT-USA Supporters: marathoner Annie Ugurlayan uses 26.2 miles to fight sex trafficking
This is part of a series of blog posts about individuals, families and corporations who use their time and talents to benefit of ECPAT-USA and to raise awareness about the issue of child sex trafficking. These people have taken it upon themselves to educate others in their own ways and have allowed us to grow our network more than we could on our own. We do not take credit for their actions, but we are endlessly thankful for their support.

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ECPAT-USA Supporters: the McGinn family uses their musical talents to combat sex trafficking

ECPAT-USA Supporters: the McGinn family uses their musical talents to combat sex trafficking
This is a first in a series of blog posts about individuals, families and corporations who use their time and talents to benefit of ECPAT-USA and to raise awareness about the issue of child sex trafficking. These people have taken it upon themselves to educate others in their own ways and have allowed us to grow our network more than we could on our own. We do not take credit for their actions, but we are endlessly thankful for their support. Continue reading

SENATORS JOIN WITH FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT & ECPAT-USA TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON COMMERCIAL AIR FLIGHTS

SENATORS JOIN WITH FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT & ECPAT-USA TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON COMMERCIAL AIR FLIGHTS

Washington –  May 16, 2016 – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined flight attendants, anti-trafficking advocates, and federal law enforcement at Ronald Reagan National Airport to urge Congress to pass legislation that would help to combat human trafficking on commercial air flights.

By a bipartisan vote of 95-3, the Senate last month approved legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes a provision championed by Sens. Klobuchar and Warner to combat human trafficking in the skies. The legislation – modeled on the Stop Trafficking on Planes (STOP) Act that the Senators introduced earlier this year – requires airlines to provide training for flight attendants to recognize and report suspected human trafficking to law enforcement. Sens. Warner and Klobuchar worked to include language modeled on the STOP Act in the FAA bill because flight attendants, through their interactions with large numbers of air travelers, are uniquely positioned to identify potential victims and help bring human traffickers to justice.

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Dates for ECPAT-USA’s Next Advocacy Journeys Announced

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Dates for ECPAT-USA’s Next Advocacy Journeys Announced
On the heels of our first successful advocacy journey to Thailand last November, we’re excited to announce an ECPAT-USA trip to Thailand with our partner Altruvistas is planned for later this year, plus an entirely new destination has been added—Colombia.
Colombia, here we come!
This May, ECPAT-USA, in partnership with Altruvistas, a tour company focused on sustainable philanthropic travel and also member of the The Code, will lead a trip to Cartagena, Colombia called Behind The CODE: An ECPAT Advocacy Journey to Colombia.
Like the inaugural journey to Thailand last year, this trip gives travelers an educative perspective about the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, along with sharing the inspiring work being done on the ground to combat it. This journey focuses on how the travel industry fights trafficking, and how you as a traveler can Travel for Good.
Travelers will also get to explore the culture and history of Colombia, along with its beautiful beaches. And as an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the trip will help support ECPAT’s work.
If the last ECPAT-USA journey is any indication, we have no doubt that this journey will be a unique, memorable experience for participants.
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Journey to Colombia with ECPAT-USA in May
If you’re interested in traveling with ECPAT-USA to Cartagena, Colombia over this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, May 27-31: Visit www.altruvistas.com/upcoming-journeys/colombia/ for more info, or email sporter@ecpatusa.org for more details and costs. You can also download the itinerary here.
Journey to Thailand with ECPAT-USA in November
Come travel with ECPAT-USA November 27th – December 7th, 2016 as we return to Thailand! Once again this trip to Thailand will educate participants about the issue of trafficking, meet the advocates who are working to combat it, and learn about how the travel industry plays a role. Emailsporter@ecpatusa.org for more details and how to register.
Remember, you can check out vibrant photographs from the last ECPAT-USA Thailand journey to get the full picture and read a day-by-day blog about the trip and adventures written by participant Karen Weiss.

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