ECPAT-USA, the country’s leading anti-child trafficking policy organization, announced a new partnership with global hospitality company Marriott International to combat and prevent human trafficking and exploitation in all forms. Marking National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Marriott International signed ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code), an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools, and support to the travel and hospitality industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
Marriott Rewards Members Can Now Give Points to Support ECPAT-USA
CUSTOMERS CAN JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN
Members of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program will have the option to donate their points to ECPAT-USA to support the organization’s work in fighting the sexual exploitation of children and sex tourism around the world. ECPAT-USA will be featured on Giving.MarriottRewards.com, scheduled to launch on December 11th, which allows loyalty members to donate their points to select organizations reflective of the company’s recently launched sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction. The platform includes a new goal of training 100% of its people to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
“Hotels are critical partners in ending child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation,” said Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA. “We’re very grateful to Marriott for helping us turn our expertise into training for hotel employees so they can identify and take action against sex trafficking. And now we thank Marriott for giving their guests the opportunity to support ECPAT as part of their ongoing commitment to human rights and social responsibility.”
“Building off our 2007 Sustainability goals, Marriott is proud to issue our next generation of goals, inclusive of social and human rights targets to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Tricia Primrose, Global Chief Communications Officer at Marriott International and Serve 360 Executive Leadership Council Co-Chair. “Associates and customers want to work for and do business with a company that aligns with their values and drives positive community impact. We are proud to be part of the solution.”
ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by family leadership for over 90 years, Marriott embraces its global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good. Guided by their 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Marriott commits to creating positive and sustainable impact wherever they do business.
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 ECPAT International, a network of organizations in 88 countries working together to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
ECPAT-USA’s mission is to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. We envision a world in which no child is bought, sold, or used for sex. More than 25 years ago, ECPAT-USA became the first U.S.-based nonprofit to work on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA started with sex tourism, helping to get legislation passed that ensured that Americans who traveled abroad to buy sex with minors could be prosecuted in the US for sexually exploiting children in other countries. Six of the ten largest international hotel chains—including Hilton, Wyndham and Hyatt--have signed on to ECPAT’s program to prevent sex tourism, as have Delta and American Airlines.
ECPAT-USA, will hold a special screening of SOLD the movie with guest appearances by David Arquette and breakout star Niyar Saikia at Regal Cinemas Live 14 on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.
Sponsored by leaders in the travel sector including HRS Global Hotel Solutions, The Parking Spot, Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, and the The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE, the event will align the Los Angeles community to put an end to child sex trafficking. Celebrities, government officials, the private sector, and the public will unite for the cause, raising funds and support for ECPAT-USA's mission to create a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.
Based on true stories and adapted from the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick, SOLD is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. SOLD is directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown and executive produced by two-time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson.
The evening will kick off at 6pm with a reception in the Regal LA Premiere Lobby with drinks and fresh seasonal bites from Wolfgang Puck. SOLD will screen at 7:30pm, followed by a conversation with actors David Arquette and Niyar Saikia, the film’s producers Jeffrey Brown and Jane Charles, and ECPAT-USA. The discussion will take guests beyond the film and mobilize them to take action against trafficking in their own communities.
In addition to the screening and conversation, ECPAT-USA is thrilled to announce three luxury travel prizes for guests who support the cause to end child sex trafficking. Prizes include two luxury staycations in Los Angeles and a grand prize. The Grand Prize is a 5-night Luxury Getaway Package to San Francisco and Napa with 2 Delta Air Lines Comfort+ Tickets to San Francisco, a Ritz-Carlton San Francisco 2 night deluxe room, a Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa 3 night deluxe room with hot air balloon ride for 2 people, 60 minute Swedish massage for 2 people, EmpireCLS luxury transportation, and The Parking Spot parking for trip duration. One Luxury Staycation Prize in Los Angeles includes a Sheraton Grand Los Angeles 2 night stay, EmpireCLS luxury transportation, and 6 UCLA basketball tickets for February 12th game against Oregon State Beavers, including one parking pass. The other Luxury Staycation Prize in Los Angeles includes a Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites 2 night stay including overnight valet parking with a full breakfast at Lakeview Bistro.
For each $20 donation guests make online, they receive an entry for the staycations. For the grand prize, guests can also enter to win in person, at the event, by making a $20 donation. The winner of the grand prize will be announced at the event and must be present to win.
The event is free with donation and open to the public. All proceeds from night will go to support ECPAT-USA’s work to end child slavery.
For tickets and more information, visit ecpatusa.org/SOLD.
"I am thrilled to see the Los Angeles community join together to make this event happen," said Carol Smolenski, executive director of ECPAT-USA. "These partnerships will make a lasting impact in our work to protect children from sexual exploitation."
"We made SOLD as a tool for change and we are thrilled ECPAT will show SOLD to raise funds for their critical work," said Jeffrey Brown, the producer of the film SOLD. “ECPAT is the lead organization protecting children's rights in the U.S."
“The travel industry continues to make progress in building awareness and addressing some of the horrible realities brought to light by this film,” said Suzanne Neufang, vice president of the Americas for HRS. “ECPAT-USA’s work on this front is to be commended, and we pledge to work closely with our industry peers to drive both education and preventative action where we can.”
"As a leading global lodging company, Marriott International is committed to supporting and respecting human rights within our sphere of influence," said Tu Rinsche, director of corporate social responsibility. "We will continue to work with leading organizations, such as ECPAT-USA, and the broader industry to address human trafficking globally."
"The Parking Spot is honored to support ECPAT-USA's work to end child slavery at the source," said Kent Dennis, senior sales manager at The Parking Spot. "The SOLD screening is not only a chance to educate people about the issue of child trafficking, but it gives us the opportunity to team up and discuss the issue."
ECPAT-USA works directly with the travel industry to protect commercially sexually exploited children. Learn more here.
By: Nicole Walker & Michelle Guelbart
ECPAT-USA and Marriott International, in collaboration with Polaris and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), are excited to announce updates to the current American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLEI) e-learning module that is used to train hospitality industry front-line employees.
The travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to identify victims because traffickers move across cities and countries using air and ground transportation companies. Hotels often serve as venues for exploitation, without the knowledge of owners. In addition, hotel employees may be victims of labor trafficking.
ECPAT-USA is working to get training to every hospitality employee, no matter what hotel property or brand they work for, because human trafficking can happen at any hotel. When employees are trained, they can better respond to situations of human trafficking and ensure safety.
The training update, entitled Your Role in Preventing Human Trafficking: Recognize the Signs, was created by ECPAT-USA in collaboration with Marriott, with input from Polaris, and is being re-launched through AH&LA EI. Within the hospitality industry there has been an increased global demand for brands all over the world to expand training on human trafficking. The newly updated training will:
Cover all forms of human trafficking
Include information on sex and labor trafficking, to give a more complete picture of human trafficking in general.
Include information about not only children, but also adults who may be victims of human trafficking within the hospitality industry.
A globalization of the training – so that it can be used all around the world at hotel properties outside of the U.S.; available in 15 languages.
Be compliant with many new city ordinances and state laws requiring hotels to train on human trafficking.
Offered complimentary to academic institutions.
“We are so excited that the update not only broadens training to include both labor and sex trafficking but it is also now relevant on a global level, said Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement at ECPAT-USA. “The hospitality industry has made such headway in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and we know that with this re-launch, we will see even more progress.
The new module was adapted from a partnership between ECPAT-USA and AHLEIto raise awareness about the role hospitality employees have in identifying and responding to child sex trafficking, which was launched in 2014. The program was widely licensed by hospitality brands, who we anticipate will switch over to the expanded and globalized update.
About 40% of all hotel properties in the U.S. currently have access to ECPAT-USA’s training. Through the new training, ECPAT-USA hopes to reach even more hotel employees – making hotel stays safer for everyone involved.
To view the AH&LA EI press release on the relaunch, click here.
To access the module, which can be purchased by property or licensed with AHLEI, click here.
To learn more about ECPAT-USA’s work with the travel industry to combat child sexual exploitation and trafficking click here.