A Global Network Fighting Crime

ECPAT International is a global network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of underage sex work, online sexual abuse, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. 

ECPAT International is a global network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of underage sex work, online sexual abuse, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. ECPAT seeks to encourage the global community to uphold the fundamental rights of all children free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.  

The ECPAT network is composed of global ECPAT groups, the International Board, elected by the International Assembly, and the International Secretariat. In 1996, the network consisted of 17 groups. By 1999, it had grown to 53 groups; in 2007, there are over 80 groups in more than 70 countries; and in 2020, there are now 118 groups in 102 countries. ECPAT groups are diverse, encompassing large coalitions of NGOs and small groups composed of individuals, where some members concentrate on one aspect relating to CSEC to those focusing on activities covering a wide range of CSEC related issues. 

The International Secretariat is the administrative and coordinating unit of ECPAT International, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Every three years, ECPAT groups meet at the International Assembly, the highest decision-making body within the organisation. The International Board, composed of eight regional representatives from all continents, together with an independent Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Youth representative, are elected at the Assembly and serve for three years. 

The ECPAT International Board members represent each of the geographical regions and provide oversight for the ECPAT International Secretariat – the network’s coordinating office located in Bangkok. ECPAT works to build collaboration among local civil society actors, and the broader child rights community, to form a global social movement aimed at the protection of children from sexual exploitation. Its membership reflects the richness and diversity of experience, knowledge and perspectives that arise from working in widely differing contexts. 

ECPAT groups are involved in the implementation of various initiatives to protect children at local levels, while the Secretariat provides technical support and information, and facilitates workshops and other educational forums to extend and exchange knowledge among groups in different countries. The Secretariat also represents and advocates on key issues at the international level on behalf of the network. To learn more about ECPAT International, visit www.ecpat.net.