The meeting and event industry is uniquely situated to disrupt human trafficking and child exploitation in the travel industry. When equipped with information, meeting professionals can signal to travel suppliers that they are in the direct line of disrupting child sex trafficking through identification and response. Hear from the ECPAT-USA, a non-profit organization that helps companies fight human trafficking and child exploitation, about this highly sensitive cause.
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.
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.
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
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.
Join an expert group of mental health practitioners, law enforcement professionals, academics, researchers, and others who want to share and learn practical ways to tackle the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking.
Ending Violence Against Children: Developing a Roadmap to a Healthy Childhood and Adolescence
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.
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.