Youth Against Child Trafficking (Y-ACT)

Youth Against Trafficking – Y-ACT
ECPAT-USA is empowering youth to take the lead in anti-human trafficking efforts with our Youth Against Child Trafficking (Y-ACT) program. Using our Youth Activist Toolkit, we are involving our primary stakeholders, America’s children, in advocating against sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA trains student to be the foremost advocates in their communities, educating them on the facts, misconceptions and risks of trafficking. We provide them with the tools needed to identify the warning signs and proper resources to protect themselves and their peers. Where there is education, there is empowerment, and through Y-ACT, youth are able to use their voice and knowledge to educate and empower others about the issue. The Toolkit is a peer-to-peer learning model, as we have found it is much more effective for youth to learn from their peers. There are four sessions with interactive activities for youth to participate in. They can be conducted as 90 minute workshops or eight 45 minute workshops and cover topics such as:
  • Child sex trafficking in America
  • Pop culture and gender inequality
  • Internet Safety
  • Healthy relationships
  • Demand
We have implemented the Toolkit in several middle and high schools throughout the New York area and it has been incredibly successful thus far.
If you are interested in bringing Y-ACT to your school/organization, please fill out this form
If you have any questions, contact ECPAT-USA’s Youth Outreach Manager, Janai Smith at janai@ecpatusa.org or (718)935-9192