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ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking - USA)
Protecting Sexually-Exploited Children from Criminalization in the U.S.
To support ECPAT’s work and protect sexually-exploited children across America, our partner ECPAT-USA, the U.S. branch of an international network working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and WITNESS co-produced a 21 minute advocacy video. The film, "What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am," brings the voices of exploited and forgotten children, adult survivors, law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country to the attention of our state and federal legislators.
The film was launched on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11, 2012. (Read more in this press release.) It exposes the breadth of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. by showing how the current system has repeatedly failed these children. And more importantly, the film highlights the need for more “safe harbor” laws, one critical part of the solution needed to break this cycle and give our children hope. Ultimately, this campaign will force us to come to terms with this reality and the legal and moral imperatives each of us has to protect these children.