Human Trafficking Awareness Day: ECPAT Fellows Make a Difference
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, a day of raising awareness to combat trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud, or coercion are used to compel a person to perform labor, services, or sex. And it affects all populations, including children.
For Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we recognize all that ECPAT International has done to combat the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Hilton Prize Coalition member ECPAT International is a worldwide network of organizations with one common goal: to end the sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT works at all levels, from supporting shelters for survivors to influencing Heads of States and conducting cutting-edge research on the issue.
To further ECPAT’s mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff six Fellows placements at ECPAT International since 2015. Here are the Fellows who have made an impact at ECPAT and beyond through their Country Reports on legal procedures related to trafficking children.
Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.
Research: National laws related to the sexual exploitation of children
Geographic Focus: Cambodia and Mauritania
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? The sexual exploitation of children happens everywhere, and can take many forms: sex tourism, pornography, trafficking, child marriage, prostitution. Children—girls and boys—are at risk in low, middle or high-income countries. No child is immune, and no country is untouched.
Research: Preventive measures and cooperation mechanisms
Geographic Focus: Japan and South Korea
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? It is not only children in vulnerable situations or from developing countries who are targeted, but that every child in the world has the potential to be sexually exploited.
Research: Child protection laws and policies
Geographic Focus: Europe and Asia
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? Unparalleled access to best practices.
Research Interest: Economic Inequality
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? The elements of working in an NGO: the constant struggle for funding, diplomacy with governments, collaboration with other NGOs, engagement with the public, and project management.
Scope: Communications; World Tourism Day campaign
Geographic Focus: Global, 104 worldwide member organizations aim to end child trafficking globally
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? It is crucial to take active approaches such as providing information in an accessible way, without technical jargon, and to give people something they can actually do something with to support the cause, instead of numbers that might shock them for a moment before they move on with their lives.
Research: Ethical principles of research on sexual exploitation of children
Geographic Focus: Bosnai, Herzegovina, Iraq
Biggest lesson at ECPAT? Learning from teams in the field.
About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 23 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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