Your voices and support are urgently needed.
This past June, a provision extending the Safe Harbor law, Bill A05258, to include 16-and 17-year old victims of trafficking passed in the NY State legislature. Although the provision passed both houses, five months ago, it has been ignored. Governor Cuomo has yet to sign the provision into law. If the provision is not signed by December 31st of this year, the bill will expire. This bill does two extremely important things:
1. Extend increased protection and services to 16- and 17-year old trafficking victims
2. Offer counseling and services instead of served jail time
If the Governor does not sign the provision before the end of this legislative session, all your work and efforts advocating for its passage will be lost and the bill will die. That is why we need your help through your voice and support: Your voice and support creates the change that we need to see. By advocating the signing of this provision by the Governor, you are demanding justice and protection for the innocent 16-and-17-year old victims of sex trafficking. We believe that every child has a right to grow up free from sexual exploitation.
Please sign this petition to Governor Cuomo to urge him to sign the Safe Harbour provision into law by December 31st.
On October 27th concerned citizens stood against trafficking for nine hours on the Morristown Green in New Jersey. Concerned citizens, activists, law enforcement officials, college and high school students, state legislature members, local mayors, county officials, religious leaders, and artists all took part in the day long event, spoke our and showed their support for ending human trafficking.
For more photos of the event, click here
This even was hosted by the New Jersey Coalition against Human Trafficking, of which ECPAT-USA is a member. For more information about how you can get your town to sign a proclaimation against human trafficking, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ECPAT-USA is proud to announce our participation with Exchange Initiative’s First Bi-Annual Trafficking Conference “IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking”
The goal of IGNITE is to “facilitate action and networking for solutions.” This conference will be a substantive gathering of stakeholders discussing real world approaches to end sex trafficking in the United States. This important conference is being put together by Nix Conference and Meeting Management’s newly formed Exchange Initiative. The conference calls upon participants from many institutions including Criminal Justice Professionals, First Responders, Corporate Managers & Travel Planners, Not-for-Profit & Faith-Based Organizations, Educational Administrators & Counselors.
The conference also boasts opportunities for network with other individuals and groups in the common cause of combating sex trafficking, access to resources, information and ideas to help end human trafficking. Participants will also learn more about the three sides of the trafficking “triangle”: supply, demand and distribution. Most importantly, attendees will come home with a common action about how your organization can take a stand and make an impact.
Kimberly Ritter, Director of Development for Exchange Initiative and Senior Account Manager / Trafficking Initiative Coordinator for Nix Conference and Meeting Management says, “We are so excited to formally announce the Exchange Initiative and the IGNITE Conference. The initial response to this conference is overwhelming. The collaboration and support we are receiving from agencies from across the US confirms the present need for a network.”
There will be a special focus on the important role of Corporate Managers and Travel Planners in raising the issue of sex trafficking with travel suppliers. In 2012, Nix Conference and Meeting Management became the first meeting planners to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. They led the charge of adapting the Code to fit the corporate structure into a Meeting Planners Code of Conduct and since then have been promoting the Code with peer companies and travel suppliers.
For more information about the conference click here.
To sponsor, attend or exhibit at the conference click here. Sign up to attend today!
In the context of the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit held in NY on September 19-20, UNICEF organized the 2-day side event Innovation & Action: UNICEF Global Workshop on Children’s Rights and Business. The invitation-only conference gathered leading experts on business and children’s rights and reviewed good practices in the context of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, an initiative supported by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children Sweden, aiming to provide a more visible role for children’s rights to be featured in the corporate social responsibility agenda.
A series of new publications relevant for the private sector were presented by UNICEF, including: Children’s Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct. A tool for companies (UNICEF, Save the Children); Children are Everyone’s Business. A tool for companies (UNICEF). The ECPAT Child Protection Code of Conduct is featured through several examples of implementation and remains a leading example of comprehensive implementation of child protection policies in the private sector.
A promising development is the expectation for companies adopting the Children’s Rights and Business Principles to report on their implementation. UNICEF informed on ongoing consultations with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), to provide specific guidance in the context of the G4 reporting guidelines and their forthcoming updates and preliminary recommendations can be found here (Sustainability Reporting on Children’s Rights, by E.Umlas http://www.unicef.org/csr/148.htm.
The event, attended by high level officials including H.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson concluded on the need for business and governments alike to look to the long term and be cognizant of the needs of future generations, the children of today and tomorrow.
Camelia Tepelus, PhD, Co-founder of TheCode.org and a CSR advisor to ECPAT USA is serving in the Expert Reference Group that led to the drafting of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles initiative. http://childrenandbusiness.org/