20 November 2014
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6th ECPAT International Assembly

The 6th ECPAT International Assembly is fast approaching! The Assembly will be taking place on 2nd-3rd December in Paris, France. For more information about the upcoming Assembly, including Agenda and the (draft) ECPAT Strategic Framework 2015-2018, please check out the project group on the Hub here.

Announcement of the Global Study and its Taskforce to end sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism

UNITED KINGDOM—A new global Taskforce was launched in London on 4 November that aims to tackle the rapid acceleration of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. Eight eminent leaders from the travel industry, the United Nations, Governments and NGOs, under the leadership of Dr. Maalla M’jid, Former Special Rapporteur on the Sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, will re-think approaches to a crime that has, to date, outpaced every attempt to respond. The Taskforce will oversee the ECPAT International-initiated Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, the first of its kind, funded by the Dutch Government.

Preventing online child sexual exploitation in Belarus

BELARUS—On 6 October, the Chair of the Board of the Public Association "Children - not for Abuse" (Affiliate member of ECPAT), Ms. Margarita Pryakhina took part in a press conference on the Safety of minors on the Internet and the Prevention of child sexual abuse online. A press conference was held at the National Press Center of Belarus in Minsk and was attended by representatives from the IOM, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Belarus NGOs.

Regional Consultation on actions to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in East Africa

ETHIOPIA—On 22-23 October in Addis Ababa, a Consultation was held on action to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in East Africa. The East Africa Consultation is part of a process that will inform ECPAT International’s new Strategic Directions/Plan for 2015-2018. The Regional Consultation provided a platform for groups to share good practices and experiences as well as reach consensus on network development on key emerging thematic issues on the sexual exploitation of children in the region.

ECPAT Sweden and ECPAT International have meeting with Queen Silvia

SWEDEN—On 14 October, Queen Silvia of Sweden had a meeting with ECPAT Sweden’s Secretary General, Anders L. Pettersson, Chair of the ECPAT Board, Carol Bellamy and Executive Director of ECPAT International, Dorothy Rozga at the Royal Palace.

ECPAT-USA hits the streets of New York in new PSA "It Happens Here”

USA—Child sex trafficking is a phenomenon with global dimensions, which includes the developed world. If you think that it doesn't happen in the United States, then guess again? ECPAT-USA's new campaign "It Happens Here" reveals the common misconceptions about child sex trafficking in the US and the facts about what really happens. Check out the video here.

Children's Rights in Ukraine: how the State protects them

UKRAINE—On 22 October in Kiev, International Women's Rights Center La Strada-Ukraine held a round table on children's rights in Ukraine. The round table looked at how the state protects its children by analysing the complaints received by the National Children’s Hotline. The round table was chaired by Doctor of Law, Mr. Bandurko and Doctor of Jurisprudence, Ms.Levchenko.

The meeting was attended by representatives of ministries and departments, responsible for the rights of children. The round table was attended also by NGOs that deal with the protection of children's rights, including "Faith, Hope, Love" (the coordinating organisation for the ECPAT network against CSEC in Ukraine).

During the round table participants discussed cases of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children, cases of parental abuse or neglect, bullying and the situation of children living in boarding schools. Governmental representatives attending the session committed to working closely with NGOs to improve the protection of children’s rights.

Beyond Border ECPAT Canada to be showcased in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

CANADA—Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada will be showcased in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights exhibit called “Protecting Rights in Canada”. Focusing on mobilisation for legal reform, this gallery is designed to help visitors understand how different legal traditions have helped shape the Canadian legal system and show how individuals and organisations have used this system to better protect human rights. A text panel explains the Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada story and its importance, and is illustrated by photographs of founders Rosalind Prober and Mark Hecht and other artifacts. "We are very honoured that the CMHR has recognised our work to prevent child sex tourism and our lobbying campaigns to protect the rights of children to be free from sexual exploitation," states Rosalind Prober, President of Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada.

English press release. 
French press release.

Combating Human Trafficking in Odessa

UKRAINE—On 3 October, "Faith, Hope, Love" ( coordinating organisation for ECPAT affiliate Network in Ukraine), with the financial support of the European Union, the Kingdom of Denmark and IOM, together with the Department of Family and Youth organised a round table in Odessa. The participants discussed the implementation of the national mechanism of interaction between actors who implemented measures to combat human trafficking in the Odessa region. The round table was attended by heads of regional and urban centres of social services for families, children and youth, the Regional Office of Social Policy, representatives of the Office of Public Safety and the Office for Combating Cybercrime in the Interior Ministry, social services and the Department of Education. Topics included, the need to accelerate the work of local multidisciplinary teams, greater efficiency for the identification of victims, especially children, improving prevention and public education, education for professionals from government agencies, positive trends in the field and partnerships between government agencies, law enforcement and NGOs.  

National Women Excellence Award to be given to Professor Roma Debabrata

INDIA—On 25th November, Professor Roma Debabrata of ECPAT Affiliate, STOP India will be receiving the National Women Excellence Award. The Award is given by the Women International Network and is supported by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India. Professor Roma Debabrata is being recognised for her lifetime work in the field of elimination of violence against women and for the restoration of dignity of women. Congratulations Professor Roma Debabrata from everyone in the ECPAT Network.

Responding to Violence against Children in contact with the Justice System

THAILAND—On 3–5 November, the ECPAT International Secretariat attended as an observer, a regional training workshop convened by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Thailand Institute of Justice on ‘Responding to Violence against Children in contact with the Justice System.’ The training targeted social works, senior members from law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary. Delegations from 16 countries attended the workshop. The objective was to deliver a regional training workshop to trainers on ‘The UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination on Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice’; and ‘The treatment of child victims and witnesses of crime.’ As an observer, ECPAT International was able to learn about the key challenges facing States in the region on the implementation of access to justice mechanisms for child victims.

Anti-trafficking conference in Ukraine

UKRAINE—On 12 November, the Kharkiv National University of  Internal Affairs and La Strada Ukraine, supported by the State Department of the Science and Education organised  the International conference “Actual problems of counteracting trafficking in human beings”  in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ms. Kateryna Levchenko, President of La Strada Ukraine, and member of GRETA presented ‘Perspectives in Legislation for Status Identification of Trafficking Victims”. Ms. Olha Shved, ECPAT Regional Associate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia presented “Child Sex Tourism in the World and Ways for Prevention”.
Participants included the Head of Department on Trafficking prevention and Cybercrime from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, law enforcement, and representatives from the Kharkiv Department of Social Protection, the Department of Education, NGOs and students of the Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs. The recommendations from this Conference will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and to the Parliament of Ukraine for their consideration.

Training held in Belarus

BELARUS—In October, specialists from the NGO "Children - not for Abuse" (affiliate member of ECPAT), within the framework of the project "Education adults - protection children", held a set of trainings. The trainings were held on the topic of preventing the production of child pornography. The trainings involved social workers and psychologists from the Minsk region. The project is implemented with the support of IOM and Sida.

Spotlight on ECPAT Youth Activist

The spotlight this month is on Maya Poudel. Maia works with ECPAT Affiliate, Maiti Nepal. Do you know a youth member within the ECPAT Network who is doing important work to end CSEC? Let us profile them in the ECPAT e-Bulletin! Contact us at

Name: Maya Poudel

Age: 21

Where are you from? Nepal
Who is your role model and why? Anuradha Koirala, who gave me inspiration and energy to live and act

What is your latest project/campaign against CSEC? I am currently involved with Maiti Nepal as a story writer. However, I started my journey of activism against CSEC when I became member of the YPP Project in 2007. Through the Project I had the opportunity to attend the training for Peer Supporter which allowed other young people and me to undertake awareness raising and training initiatives.

During the project we talked with the children of Maiti Nepal with whom we became friends and started a trusted relationship where the children were confident enough to share their problems. We also went to a hospice to train girls with HIV and thanks to this, the girls formed a club where they can speak about their problems and start initiatives against CSEC. In 2007, I attended together with other children, the regional consultation of ECPAT International in South Asia held in Dhulikhel, Nepal, and in 2008 I got chance to take part in Third World Congress against CSEC held in Brazil. Those meetings enhanced my knowledge on CSEC and child and youth participation. When I came back to Nepal I decided, together with my friends, to start an awareness raising programme in Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Chitwan districts.
To better reach our public we learned how to perform puppet show in order to raise awareness among the community. In Maiti Nepal we formed a child club and a youth club and trained new members and children so that they could start an awareness project by their own in Illam district. We also published the youth planner and the youth journal and we started working with schools where we formed new child clubs. From a personal perspective I became the member of a consortium that works for the right of child participation.

Why is youth participation important in ending CSEC? Youth participation is important to stop CSEC because young people and children are the ones who face the problem and they should be aware of their rights. Moreover, they are the pillar of the nation and therefore they play a vital role to stop CSEC.

Share a fun fact about yourself or a favourite quote: A successful person is one who makes his/her aim successful so I want to be a success in my work.

Position Paper: Commercial Surrogacy & the Risk of Child Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation

As the global market for international adoption becomes ever more regulated, international surrogacy arrangements are booming, particularly in developing countries where lower costs entice the demand of industrial nations. Whilst the vast majority of commercial surrogacy arrangements are genuine and end in children going to loving homes, ECPAT’s long experience and commitment to eliminating all forms of commercial sexual exploitation of children is important when considering the potential for surrogacy agreements to be used as an avenue to exploit children. The lack of clear international standards to inform or regulate commercial international surrogacy agreements has enabled a transnational market for surrogacy to develop with limited oversight or regulation. Read ECPAT’s position paper on the Hub here

New Working Methods on the participation of children in the CRC reporting process

The CRC Committee has adopted new working methods on the participation of children in the CRC reporting process. The new working methods set international standards for meaningful and effective child participation at international level.

However, they should be a reference for national processes as well, especially in relation to the States' obligation to implement article 12 of the CRC and enable children to participate in the preparation of the State report to the Committee.

These guidelines will be used by ECPAT’s Child and Youth Participation Programme in order to bring survivors' voices to CRC Committee. Read the guidelines here.

Worldwide Directory of Modern Slavery Organisations

USA—Polaris, the Freedom Fund, the Walk Free Foundation, and partner organisations spanning the globe announced the launch of the Global Modern Slavery Directory on 9 October. The Global Modern Slavery Directory maps efforts to combat human trafficking and support victims from around the world. The ECPAT Network will be included in this directory. The Global Modern Slavery Directory is located here

Extended South Africa Country Assessment on sexual exploitation of children related to tourism and reporting mechanisms

As part of the EU funded project “Don’t Look Away!” an extended country assessment has been published, “Assessment on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) related to Tourism and Reporting Mechanisms in South Africa”. This extended version follows previously published country assessments which describe the situation of child sex tourism and analyse existing reporting systems in the field of child protection in Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal and South Africa.

You can access this report on the ECPAT International website. 
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