In Our Backyard Presented By ECPAT-USA's Young Professional Committee
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

In Our Backyard Presented By ECPAT-USA's Young Professional Committee

  • New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (map)
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The Young Professionals Committee of ECPAT-USA invites you to a special screening of the award-winning documentary In Our Backyard with a panel on Tuesday, October 30th at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

In Our Backyard is an investigative look into the widely unknown and unspoken world of sex trafficking in Brooklyn, documenting the emotional stories of three recent survivors while also presenting the work of determined aid organizations, law enforcement agencies and politicians. The film aims to raise awareness and fight this serious epidemic.

After the movie, join us for a panel with filmmaker, Danielle Rose; survivor advocate from the film, Iryna; and Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, Carol Smolenski, and moderated by ECPAT-USA Board Member Sydney Rose.

Come to the screening, take part in the conversation, and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking in our backyards. Tickets are $10, with all proceeds benefitting ECPAT-USA, and can be purchased in advance here.

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Nasdaq Live Conversation In Honor Of International Day of The Girl
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

Nasdaq Live Conversation In Honor Of International Day of The Girl

Executive Director Carol Smolenski will join Nasdaq's Global Head of Sustainability, Evan Harvey, for a conversation in honor of International Day of the Girl.

The Nasdaq Live conversation will touch on child trafficking prevention, corporate social responsibility, empowering youth to be leaders in their community, and more. Visit Nasdaq on Facebook to watch the conversation live.

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GIFT Box at Union Square
Oct
8
to Oct 20

GIFT Box at Union Square

Join ECPAT's street campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking!

ECPAT-USA is proud to partner on GIFT Box, a street campaign aimed at educating the public on trafficking.

Originally launched by STOP THE TRAFFIK, ECPAT-USA, and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking at the 2012 London Olympics, the 10-foot-high structure functions as a metaphor for the techniques used by sex traffickers. Visitors are lured into a big, colorfully wrapped box, only to be confronted—through photographs and survivor stories—with the harsh realities of sex trafficking. 

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National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the U.S.
Sep
13
to Sep 14

National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the U.S.

  • 330 C Street Southwest, Room 603/3524 Washington, DC, 20416 United States (map)
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ECPAT-USA will take part in the first public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States on September 13-14, 2018.

Join us online: Anyone can register to stream the meeting online. Register for day one (September 13) and/or day two (September 14). Virtual attendees will be able to submit comments via chat.


The National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the U.S. advises the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the nation’s response to trafficking.

The Committee was created in consultation with the Department of Justice and the National Governor’s Association per the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Actvisit disclaimer page.  The Committee will:

  • Advise on the development and implementation of successful interventions with children and youth who are exposed to conditions that make them vulnerable to, or victims of, sex trafficking

  • Make recommendations for administrative or legislative changes necessary to use programs, properties, or other resources owned, operated, or funded by the federal government to provide safe housing for children and youth who are sex trafficking victims

  • Develop two tiers of recommended best practices for states to follow in combating the sex trafficking of children and youth based on:

    • Multidisciplinary research and promising, evidence-based models and programs, including sample training materials, protocols, and screening tools to identify victims of trafficking and those at risk for trafficking

    • Multidisciplinary strategies to identify victims, manage cases, and improve services

    • Sample protocols and recommendations for cross-system collaborations

    • Criteria and guidelines for safe residential placement for foster children who have been sex trafficked

    • Training guidelines for caregivers serving children and youth outside the home

  • Share best practices and recommendations with state governors and child welfare agencies

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Reframing Human Rights: Shared Value through Global Corporate Citizenship
Jun
27
8:00 AM08:00

Reframing Human Rights: Shared Value through Global Corporate Citizenship

As global companies improve their understanding of regulation and compliance in multiple jurisdictions they are able to consider ways of adding value to their operations, beyond cost containment as the sole consideration in supply chain management.

ECPAT-USA's Executive Director, Carol Smolenski, will join a panel entitled, "Leading the Way: The Role of Multinational Companies in Curbing the Rise and Spread of Forced Labor." 

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International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism
Jun
6
to Jun 7

International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism

The International Summit to address the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism (SECTT) will be convened on June 6-7 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Summit will be hosted by the Government of Colombia, which has taken a number of innovative child protection measures in the travel and tourism sector.

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Congressional Briefing on Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism
May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Congressional Briefing on Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, and the Congressional Trafficking Caucus will host a joint briefing on Monday, May 7, 2018, entitled "Fighting Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism: New Challenges and Solutions." ECPAT-USA's Executive Director, Carol Smolenski, will present on our work with the travel industry to combat human trafficking. Tune in for a live webcast at 3pm: www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission

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Youth Action to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation via Technology
Mar
23
10:30 AM10:30

Youth Action to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation via Technology

In the 21st century, technology plays an essential part in our lives. Now, a simple click of a mouse can lead to violations of women’s and girls’ human rights. Exploiters of children are capitalizing on the convenience and widespread use of technology to target victims for trafficking. Traffickers are aware that youth are active online and on mobile devices, and thus use social media and mobile apps to lure them in. In an effort to combat this tactic, ECPAT-USA teaches young people about the importance of having healthy virtual identities through our Youth Against Child Trafficking (Y-ACT) program.

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Ending Violence Against Children
Mar
22
to Mar 23

Ending Violence Against Children

  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Stern Auditorium (map)
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Ending Violence Against Children: Developing a Roadmap to a Healthy Childhood and Adolescence

 

Overview

The hidden public health epidemic of violence against children, including sexual abuse and exploitation, is one of the root causes of mental health and substance abuse problems later in life. This conference will highlight the issue of violence and exploitation against minors and focus on practical strategies to raise awareness and understanding, prevention, identification and education to end violence against young people. The conference will provide opportunities for collaboration with the hopes of spurring practitioners, policy makers, governments, academia, civil society and the private sector to join forces and scale up investments in solutions that target the well-being of children. For more information, including the schedule and list of panelists, visit this link.

 

Registration is complimentary and open to all, but online registration is required.

 

 

 

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Interfaith Screening and Panel Discussion: In Our Backyard
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Interfaith Screening and Panel Discussion: In Our Backyard

Join ECPAT-USA's Carol Smolenski, filmmaker Danielle Rose, survivor advocates, Indhira Castro of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and faith leaders in the fight to end trafficking for a special screening of "In Our Backyard." The film takes an investigative look into the widely unknown and unspoken world of sex trafficking in Brooklyn, documenting the emotional stories of three recent survivors while also presenting the work of determined nonprofit organizations (including ECPAT-USA), law enforcement agencies, and politicians. 

Come to the screening, take part in the conversation, and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking in our backyards. This event is FREE and open to the public.

This event is made possible by One Spirit Learning Alliance, The Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, Connect, and ECPAT-USA.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEMINAR | Presented by HANYC and T-Mobile
Jan
29
2:30 PM14:30

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEMINAR | Presented by HANYC and T-Mobile

Around the world, people are enjoying increasing mobility. The anonymity provided by cyberspace, coupled with the ease with which travelers can now access children in every part of the world, including in the United States, means that youth are now more vulnerable than ever. The hospitality industry is uniquely situated to be the eyes and ears of identifying human trafficking and child exploitation. With an estimated 500 hotels in New York City alone, awareness has the potential to create a meaningful impact and save lives.

Please join us for a conference on Human Trafficking and hear from:

  • Katrina Owens, an advocate and survivor of domestic child sex trafficking
  • Julia Wejchert of ECPAT-USA, a non-profit organization that helps companies fight human trafficking on this highly sensitive cause
  • A representative from the New York City Police Department, Vice Enforcement Division, on how the NYPD and the hotel industry can work together to address these issues

For more information, visit hanyc.org/events.

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: In Our Backyard
Jan
28
12:30 PM12:30

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: In Our Backyard

Join ECPAT-USA's Carol Smolenski, filmmaker Danielle Rose, survivor-advocate Iryna, and other leaders in the fight to end trafficking for a special screening of "In Our Backyard." The film takes an investigative look into the widely unknown and unspoken world of sex trafficking in Brooklyn, documenting the emotional stories of three recent survivors while also presenting the work of determined nonprofit organizations (including ECPAT-USA), law enforcement agencies, and politicians. 

This special event aims to educate and effect real change for trafficking survivors in New York City. There will be a discussion before the screening, and a reception to follow which will provide the opportunity to meet and speak with dedicated professionals who work to end trafficking in NYC.

Come to the screening, take part in the conversation, and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking in our backyards. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Disrupting Online Exploitation: A National Briefing at the U.S. Capitol
Jan
11
11:30 AM11:30

Disrupting Online Exploitation: A National Briefing at the U.S. Capitol

  • Russell Senate Office Building SR-385 (map)
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The multi-billion dollar global sex trade is being increasingly powered by the internet, where classified advertising websites make buying vulnerable human beings for sex as easy as ordering a pizza. Many of those who are being bought and sold on these websites are sexually trafficked children and adults. That’s why amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, by passing The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, S.1693 (#SESTA), is so critical. It will close the legal loophole that allows exploiters to escape liability for knowingly facilitating trafficking, while sending a powerful message: exploitation is unacceptable, no matter where it occurs.

On January 11th, join us at “Disrupting Online Exploitation: Why Survivors are Standing Up for #SESTA,” a national briefing at the U.S. Capitol. The event will feature sexual exploitation survivor testimony, subject matter experts, and the debut of a new public service video, directed by Mary Mazzio (“I am Jane Doe”) and featuring Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer, and other allies supporting the survivor community in the fight for passage of #SESTA. Our briefing is being hosted in cooperation with Senator Rob Portman.

Disrupting Online Exploitation: Why Survivors are Standing Up for #SESTA - A National Briefing at the U.S. Capitol January 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Russell Senate Office Building SR-385

To register, email lauren@worldwithoutexploitation.org

 

 

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Brooklyn Public Library Screening and Panel: In Our Backyard
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Brooklyn Public Library Screening and Panel: In Our Backyard

  • Brooklyn Central Library—Dweck Center (map)
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Join ECPAT-USA's Michelle Guelbart, filmmaker Danielle Rose, survivor-advocate Iryna, and the offices of New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Public Advocate Leticia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, New York State State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, and New York State Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon for a complimentary screening of "In Our Backyard". The film takes an investigative look into the widely unknown and unspoken world of sex trafficking in Brooklyn, documenting the emotional stories of three recent survivors while also presenting the work of determined nonprofit organizations (including ECPAT-USA), law enforcement agencies, and politicians. 

Come to the screening, take part in the conversation, and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking in our backyards. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP: 718-284-4700. While we encourage RSVPs, please note that all are welcome to attend this event.

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Fall Happy Hour
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Fall Happy Hour

The Young Professionals Committee of ECPAT-USA invites you to join us on Wednesday, September 27 for our Fall Happy Hour.

A night of fun and networking for you + collective funds raised = more children protected from trafficking.

Each ticket includes a free drink and light hors d'oeuvres, including lobster rolls, steak and veggie tacos, and more! Early bird tickets are $20 and we will be selling tickets at the door for $25. We will also be selling beer/wine drink tickets for $10 each at the event.

100% of proceeds benefit ECPAT-USA. If you have any questions, please contact Sydney Rose at srose@ecpatusa.org.

We hope to see you there!


The ECPAT-USA Young Professionals Committee

Elizabeth Dehaan

Shauna Ford

Tiffany Hoang

Denise Hotta-Moung

Andre McDonald

Ariel Moore

Sydney Rose

Christina Bauman

Annmarie Aiello

Marielle Ali

Blythe Austin

Kylen Button

Katerine Ribadeneira

Melvilin Rodriguez

Rebecca Shenkman

Ariel Siegel

Mary Vaccari

Tavish Williams

 
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No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers, A Panel Discussion
Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers, A Panel Discussion

  • The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission (map)
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Background

Thirteen years ago ECPAT-USA set out to engage the United States travel and tourism industry in protecting children from sex trafficking. Back then, very few people understood the urgency of this work. As ECPAT-USA made progress with the general public through awareness campaigns and outreach, we also worked with hotel brands to implement policies and training to begin alerting hospitality associates of their unique role in stopping human trafficking. Slowly things began to change and we reached a turning point. Corporate policies against human trafficking and child exploitation have become industry standard. Training has become best practice. But until now, no one knew exactly how many hotels had training.

Our new report provides that information, including the findings of an evaluation study conducted by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Services demonstrating the results of this work. The report includes a discussion about why and how ECPAT-USA works with the hospitality industry, a description of the resources and tools that are now available to the hospitality industry throughout the United States, a description of the extent and impact of training, and recommendations for how to continue and expand the success that has been achieved. We now know that half of all hotels in the U.S. have training about how to prevent and disrupt child sex trafficking and at least 35% of those have ECPAT-USA training, but there is still more work to be done.

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Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys & Men
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys & Men

For too long, male sexual exploitation victims have been overlooked. The media, politicians, and society at large have all failed to adequately address the experiences of boys and men involving sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse, sexual objectification, or early childhood exposure to pornography. As a result, countless men and boys suffer in silence without receiving the appropriate services for recovery.

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation will present this critical National Symposium on September 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. ECPAT-USA's Executive Director, Carol Smolenski, will speak at the event.

This National Symposium is hosted by the National Center on Sexual ExploitationWashington College, and The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. The event serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, in order to bring these problems out of the shadows. The complex web of sexual exploitation cannot be dismantled until every survivor has a voice.

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Complimentary Screening: In Our Backyard
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Complimentary Screening: In Our Backyard

Join Her Time Now, NCJW Los Angeles, and filmmaker Danielle Rose for a complimentary screening of "In Our Backyard". The film takes an investigative look into the widely unknown and unspoken world of sex trafficking in Brooklyn, documenting the emotional stories of three recent survivors while also presenting the work of determined nonprofit organizations (including ECPAT-USA), law enforcement agencies and politicians. 

Come to the screening, take part in the conversation, and be a part of the solution to end sex trafficking in our backyards. Please RSVP: katrinaeroen@gmail.com

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EVENT POSTPONED Travel, Tourism, and Transformation: A Celebration of Sustainable Tourism
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

EVENT POSTPONED Travel, Tourism, and Transformation: A Celebration of Sustainable Tourism

The World Development Foundation has postponed this event due to circumstances beyond their control. Please check back for updates.


The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193). Join the Permanent Missions of Suriname and Guyana, plus ECPAT-USA's Director of Private Sector Engagement, Michelle Guelbart, at the United Nations as we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In partnership with the World Development Foundation and the UN WTO, the event will include two days of presentations. On Thursday, ECPAT-USA's Michelle Guelbart will be speaking about integrating child protection into sustainable tourism.

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