Coalition Member Spotlight: ECPAT International

In recognition of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, July 30, the Hilton Prize Coalition shines a spotlight on the ECPAT International, the only international NGO network solely dedicated to the fight against the sexual exploitation of children around the world. The 2013 recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, ECPAT voices the rights of child victims of sexual exploitation and advocates for national policies that will protect them.

ECPAT International’s Network Development Intern, Mairi Calder, produced a short film about the collective impact of ECPAT’s work. She explains the meaning of “trafficking of children for sexual purposes” and highlights the critical nature of ECPAT’s advocacy.

ECPAT tirelessly works to raise awareness on the sexual exploitation of children with the aim of creating a global outcry and inspiring new solutions. Here are three of ECPAT’s initiatives that seek to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children:

ECPAT’s campaign Words Matter highlights the importance of using correct terminology to prevent trivialization of the issue and stigmatization of victims. ECPAT urges the public to never use terms that trivialize the sexual assault of children.

Another ECPAT initiative is the Bill of Rights, which focuses on child survivors’ recovery experiences within the judicial system and reintegration programs. In unison with their member organizations, ECPAT advocates for effective prevention and protection systems, stronger legal frameworks, as well as better implementation and cooperation between governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Through the Survivors Voices platform, ECPAT vocalizes the experiences of survivors around the world. This survivor-led movement seeks to halt the spread and ultimately eradicate the sexual exploitation of children.

ECPAT’s initiatives coordinate evidence-based advocacy to strengthen national justice and protection systems and expand investment in the fight against all forms of child sexual exploitation. For more information on ECPAT’s initiatives, visit ECPAT’s website.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

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