ECPAT
Programs & Campaigns
Children and Youth Empowerment Program

The Children and Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) aims to support child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and to offer services and education to children coming from communities that were identified as at-risk communities of commercial sexual exploitation.


The CYEP program is an innovative initiative designed to empower and build the capacity of youth to take the lead in preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Young people are trained in advocacy skills to reach out to local communities through awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce the numbers of children trafficked and sexually exploited.

 

 

 

 

Direct services provided to children and young people that are referred for assistance by individuals, other organizations, the police and communities include temporary shelter, educational assistance, medical and psychological services and legal support for healing, recovery and reintegration.

 

Educational assistance is considered an important mechanism to prepare CSEC survivors to achieve the goals and prepare children for more opportunities in life. ECPAT supports children and young people survivors of sexual exploitation and those considered highly vulnerable.


Financial assistance for transportation, school supplies, and other costs is provided to primary, secondary and university students.


Legal support in the form of legal counseling, court representation, and case management through a multi-disciplinary approach is provided to child victims of CSEC.


Healing, Recovery, and Re-Integration. ECPAT believes that the best interest of the child is the primary consideration in her/his healing, recovery, and re-integration. There is a strong focus within the case-management to prepare and assist families in the reintegration process. 
ECPAT aims to promote a positive impact on victims and survivors by increasing their resilience, confidence, creativity, self-esteem and strengthening their social and life skills.


Meaningful Children’s Participation. ECPAT believes that the participation of young people is critical in raising awareness about CSEC and integrating their experiences and perspectives for developing appropriate measures for their protection.  ECPAT aims to promote active participation of children and young people based on their evolving capacity.


ECPAT acknowledges that children and young people must have opportunities to express their views, advocate for their own rights, assist their peers and influence decision-making on issues that affect them. In this way they can contribute to their own protection and to the overall development of their communities.


ECPAT supports local youth organizations, ‘Teatro Divino’ and ‘Sali Ka Bata’. These children and young people are trained as peer leaders to participate and utilize child-friendly theater advocacy to raise awareness on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines. They advocate to prevent CSEC and to persuade adults at the community to take action against it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The ECPAT Home

The ECPAT Home is a temporary welcome space for survivors of CSEC. It provides a warm, relaxing and comfortable environment for children. It has a modest social hall dedicated to activities such as dancing, singing, drawing, quilting, music lessons, watching movies, and other fun, recreational and educational exercises. It also has a common study area where children can focus on doing their school work.


 

The living quarters at the ECPAT Home are properly ventilated and equipped with lockers, toilet and bath, and beds.

 

It has a prayer room that the children can use anytime to reflect and pray. The therapy and counseling room is designed for children to be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings.

 

The ECPAT Home facilitates learning structures so that children are able to, by themselves, perform such tasks and responsibilities by following schedules for household chores, laundry, ironing, cleaning, preparing menu, and cooking meals.

 

Help us sustain and advance our assistance to children survivors. Your donation will support their educational, health, legal, and psychosocial assistance, and participation to meaningful activities that will help improve their overall wellbeing. It will also help provide livelihood opportunities to their families in preparation to their reintegration into their respective communities.


 
Strengthening Child Protection

Commercial sexual exploitation inflicts severe physical and psychological harm on children. Where such harm occurs, it often signals a lapse or failure in the protective framework that should be in place for the care and protection of the child. For this reason, ECPAT places significant emphasis on the development and implementation of child protection measures and care standards to guide the work of those responsible for and working with children. As a member of the Committee for the Special Protection of Children ECPAT provides strong advocacy and specialised support to ensure policy is being addressed to strengthen child protection in the country.

 

 

ECPAT Philippines provides technical training to the major tourism destinations, their local governments and industries to understand child protection and advocates for them to develop child protection policies to protect children.

 

 
Anti-Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes

ECPAT advocated for the adoption of effective Anti-Trafficking legislation to criminalise the traffickers rather than the victims and to implement protection and ensure assistance to victims. ECPAT Philippines undertook this through being highly involved in the lobbying for Republic Act (RA) 9208 or The Anti-Trafficking legislation adopted in 2003.


ECPAT Philippines, is based on a child rights approach, with advocacy work focused to address the root causes of child trafficking. ECPAT continues to lobby and mobilse individuals and others organisations to address the legal, protection and prevention concerns related to trafficking of children for sexual purposes. ECPAT Philippines is a working NGO member of the government councils to advocate and provide specialized advice to policy and government, on the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. Furthermore, ECPAT is a member of the network of organisations and individuals, The Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT), to increase networking and lobbying power within the country.


ECPAT advocacy aims to prevent trafficking by include situational analysis studies, providing awareness raising campaigns targeting communities, potential victims and the public to address overall demand.

 

 
The Anti-Child Pornography Campaign

ECPAT Philippines has networked and lobbied with governments, law enforcement, the technology industry and other NGOs to develop protocols for reporting and responding to child pornography. ECPAT has supported the Philippine government to respond comprehensively to the issue of child pornography, through the establishment of awareness and education campaigns and other measures to help identify and assist the child victims. In 2009, ECPAT Philippines was a major advocate organisation, among others, in lobbying for the development of a comprehensive national Anti-Child Pornography legislation, which resulted in the Republic Act (RA) 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

 

ECPAT has been appointed by President Benigno Aquino Jr. as NGO representative on the Inter-agency Council against Child Pornography. ECPAT aims to address the major concerns within the implementation of the legislation and provides strong recommendations to the government through reports that analyse the current lack of implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.


 


ECPAT Philippines spearheaded the Make-IT Safe Campaign as early as 2006. This campaign raised awareness on the risks  that online technology brings to minors and adolescents especially in schools and communities. The Make-IT-Safe campaign and advocacy program also mobilized and created dialogue with 120 Internet shops in the major islands in the Philippines Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to join in the campaign and address concerns within their establishments. The campaign is comprised of three key components - a school campaign against child pornography, a community campaign, and work with Internet café owners to help make IT safe for children and young people. A Philippine Code of Conduct of Internet Café Owners was developed and adopted by the internet café owners reached by the program.