From the Office of the Mayor, City of New York:
Whereas: For more than 20 years, ECPAT-USA has done outstanding work in its mission to end child prostitution and trafficking, many Americans do not realize that these crimes continue to be serious problems in our country – and even more disturbing, that they remain underreported and poorly understood. Vigorous national action is needed to bring about change. Today, New Yorkers are proud to do our part, as we celebrate “Stand-Up for Children”, an evening of stand-up comdedy bringing ECPAT-USA’s members and many supporters together for a vitally important cause.
Whereas: Here in New York City, our “let’s call an end to human trafficking” initiative is raising awareness of this issue and encouraging New Yorkers to call 33 and report suspected activity. Our Administration for children’s services has trained staff members on how to identify and help sex trafficked youth, and our human trafficking ask force is improving communication among prosecutors, service providers, and advocacy groups, while it connects more trafficking victims to the resources that can help them rebuild their lives.
Whereas: Just last week, the United Nations general assembly convened a meeting to review the progress its members have made in combatin human trafficking. Across the globe, countries are pledging their full assistance and support to victims, and ECPAT-USA is a leader among a network of organizations committed to ensuring that every child can grow up healthy and safe. We applaud ECPAT-USA for linking its fight for justice with similar efforts going on beyond our borders. Your advocacy is helping coordinate efforts in our nation with the work of law enforcement agencies and legislators worldwide who share our goal of ending child prostitution and trafficking.
Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of the city of New York, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 20th, 2013 in the city of New York as: “ECPAT-USA DAY”.