Let's Call an End to Human Trafficking Partner ECPAT Named Recipient of Hilton Prize for Humanitarian Work
ECPAT, the global network of organizations dedicated to stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children, received the 2013 Conrad H. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for "significantly alleviating human suffering" through their work. In its 18th year, the $1.5 million Prize is awarded annually to a nonprofit organization doing "extraordinary work to reduce human suffering," and the Prize will be presented at the annual Conrad H. Hilton Humanitarian Symposium at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 23, 2013.
ECPAT is at the forefront of the fight against child sexual exploitation. Working with a coalition of non-governmental and United Nations agencies, private sector actors, and law enforcement, ECPAT's 81 member organizations in 74 countries employ local initiatives to protect children from being exploited and to provide support to survivors. ECPAT developed the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism to tackle transnational challenges, and the code has more than 1,000 private sector member companies who have pledged to adhere to it.
ECPAT-USA continues to partner with Let's Call an End to Human Trafficking to raise public awareness about sexual exploitation of children and has led lobbying efforts to pass legislation aimed at protecting children. Most recently, leveraging its expertise as the leading organization focusing exclusively on sexual exploitation of children, ECPAT successfully lobbied the New York State Assembly and Senate to pass legislation extending Safe Harbor protection and services to 16 and 17-year olds. As an original partner to "Let's Call an End to Human Trafficking," New York City's first-of-its kind multimedia, multi-lingual anti-trafficking public awareness campaign, ECPAT has provided the Mayor's Office Survivors of Human Exploitation Working Group with vital resources and will play an instrumental role in guiding the group to bring awareness on the connection between human trafficking and large sporting events such as next year's Super Bowl XLVIII.
|Deputy Counsel to Mayor Bloomberg Norma Abbene (center) presents a proclamation to ECPAT at a recent event. Also pictured are Carol Smolenski (left), Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, and Ana Morse (right), President of the ECPAT-USA Board of Directors.