Legislative Advocacy

ECPAT-USA has been at the forefront of the fight for legislation that will protect children who are commercially sexually exploited. In 2000, the federal government passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act which states that a person under 18 who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is a victim of a severe form of trafficking (22 U.S.C. 7102), not a perpetrator of prostitution. We continue to seek improvements in federal laws and policies, drawing on our past success and our vast experience in knowing what works for child protection.

ECPAT-USA works with federal legislators and policy makers to improve the nation’s ability to prevent child exploitation and to respond when children are identified as victims of trafficking.  ECPAT-USA has a powerful presence on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress regularly call on us for our expertise on child protection when they are developing trafficking policy and legislation.

ECPAT-USA provides guidance, policy recommendations, and advocacy support to organizations in states across the country to improve the legal and system response to exploitation. ECPAT-USA is proud to support the efforts of local partners who are leading the fight to protect the children in their state.