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ECPAT-USA Invites Thought Leaders in the Meeting and Events Industry to Join Committee

With the growing acknowledgement that the meeting and events and corporate travel management community are uniquely positioned to combat human trafficking, ECPAT-USA develops a high level committee to support our mission.

Sadly, victims of child sex trafficking are often abused in hotel rooms across the globe and airlines are used to transport victims or used by exploiters to travel and meet victims. One trained flight attendant or front-desk clerk can change the path of a victim’s entire life.

As an industry that is consistently communicates with travel suppliers such as hotels, airlines, buses, and ground transportation companies, meeting and events professionals can spread the word about how businesses can partner with ECPAT to combat child sex trafficking.

Industry associations across the board are getting more active about the issue, creating a demand for tools and resources that will help meeting and events/corporate travel professionals better understand the issue, share information with associates, and discuss the issue with suppliers.

The ECPAT-USA TMC Advisory Committee is a group of experts in the fields of the travel management industry, corporate sales or related areas who will lend their skills to help move ECPAT-USA’s mission forward. Advisory Committee members will provide expertise, feedback, and guidance on the development of tools and resources for the industry.

As ECPAT-USA shared in our 2017 report, No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers, meeting and events professionals can persuade both travel suppliers (hotels, airlines, etc.) and corporate travel managers to implement policies and programs to protect children.

ECPAT-USA is thrilled to welcome the following meeting and events/travel management professionals to our committee:

Beau Ballin, Sr. Director, Business Development CWT Meetings & Events, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Jen Bankard, Education Specialist, Association of Corporate Travel Executives

Mary Batal-Riley, Senior Vice President, CorpTrav

Mary Clare Darland, Manager, Sourcing, Maritz Travel

Lisa Donovan Berry, Vice President & GM, Business Travel Division, CI Azumano

Ruth L. Marion, Owner/Operator, Marion Meetings and Events

Barbara Scofidio, Editor, Prevue

Mitchell Stern, Global Category Lead - Travel, Fleet & Events, Pearson

Ann Marie Verity, General Manager, Accenture/Global Program Management, Carlson Wagonlit Travel


To learn more about how to get involved with ECPAT-USA’s work, click here.

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.