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Hyatt, American Airlines Announce Major Donation to ECPAT-USA

As part of their Customer Summit this week in Chicago, Hyatt Hotels and American Airlines reaffirmed their commitment to ending child sex trafficking with the announcement of a major donation in support of ECPAT-USA’s work. Additionally, at the three-day event for their top corporate members, the two companies highlighted their private sector partnerships with ECPAT-USA and the impact such partnerships have on the fight to protect every child's right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation.

As corporate partners and members of The Code, both Hyatt and American Airlines have taken concrete steps to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. ECPAT-USA is excited about the continuing efforts by these companies to train their staff about child trafficking and taking all the steps in their power to protect our most precious resource, our children.

To learn more about how your company can partner with ECPAT-USA, click here.

American Airlines Employee Saves Two Girls From Potential Trafficking Situation

American Airlines Employee Saves Two Girls From Potential Trafficking Situation

An American Airlines ticketing agent made headlines this week when her gut instinct and quick thinking kept two underaged girls from entering into an unsafe and potentially child trafficking situation.

American Airlines Joins With ECPAT-USA To Protect Children Around The World

In honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, ECPAT-USA is proud to announce American Airlines as the latest member of the travel and tourism industry to sign ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code). An industry-driven responsible tourism initiative, The Code provides awareness, tools and support to the industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

"The work that ECPAT does is incredibly important,” said Robert Isom, President of American Airlines. “We have half a million customers a day and our flight attendants, our pilots, [and] our agents can be real guardians and lines of defense against human trafficking and child exploitation."

Victims of trafficking are often transported via air travel to different cities and countries. As such, airline and airport employees are in a unique position to identify and prevent instances of sexual exploitation. As a member of The Code, American Airlines will implement the following six criteria, several of which are already in place at the airline, in order to end child sex trafficking:

1. Establish a corporate policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children
2. Train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases
3. Include a clause in further partner contracts stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children
4. Provide information to travelers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases
5. Support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children
6. Report annually on the company’s implementation of Code-related activities

“We have been on a decades long campaign to ensure that no child is bought, sold, or used for sex," said Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA. "Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we celebrate the latest and biggest success to reach our goal: the signing by American Airlines of the Code of Conduct. One of the ways we will end the sexual exploitation of children is through the commitment of far-sighted leaders like Robert Isom, President of American Airlines. American Airlines joins a family of inspiring companies making a far-reaching change to corporate culture in order to protect all our children." 

 

 

ABOUT ECPAT-USA

ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of the ECPAT International network, with offices in 93 countries. For more information, visit ecpatusa.org/code.


ABOUT AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

 

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ECPAT-USA and American Airlines Partner to Protect Children from Trafficking and Exploitation

ECPAT-USA and American Airlines Partner to Protect Children from Trafficking and Exploitation

ECPAT-USA is proud to announce that American Airlines is taking a major step in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation by committing to sign ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code). The Code is an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

Private Sector, NGO Community, and Government Come Together to Celebrate ECPAT-USA's 25th Year Fighting for Freedom

On Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 ECPAT-USA celebrated its 25th Anniversary of fighting for freedom. The soireé was held at the elegant Pace Gallery in New York City and was filled with over 200 generous friends of ECPAT-USA who support a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex. Thank you to everyone who donated to our evening - we well surpassed our fundraising goal!

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We were elated to honor Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Former Chairman and CEO of Carlson, for her outstanding commitment to responsible business.

“By honoring me as the first business leader to be recognized by the organization, you have affirmed what I have always felt to be true - that business is a powerful force for good” said Marilyn during her remarks. “I am so very proud that after several robust conversations and a deeper understanding of the issue, everyone on my executive team agreed that we must sign the Code.  We were uniquely positioned to impact this issue and it was our responsibility to act.” Carlson was one of the first companies to sign The Code in 2004.

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The soireé was a great time to reflect on how far ECPAT-USA has come in the past 25 years with advancing the issue of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. It was truly a time of celebration with delicious wine, hors d'oeuvres, and great company. We felt so supported and encouraged by the turnout including representatives from the private sector, NGOs, and diplomats.

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Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us and to our major sponsors of the event - American Airlines and Carlson Wagonlit Travel - for making the soireé a huge success!

ECPAT-USA fights for and stands with legislation that protects commercially sexually exploited children. Learn more about ECPAT-USA’s mission here.