It is time to shift the locus of expertise on issues of vulnerable populations. They are the experts of their own experience. It is time to listen to them, to trust their expertise and to support and facilitate the implementation of their solutions. By doing so miracles can and will happen. I know. I have seen it.
Jannit Rabinovitch, Executive Director
Dr. Angelo P. Giardino, Associate Chair, Pediatrics, St. Christophers Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, USA. http://stchristophershospital.com/
Bottom line is we need to make as many people as possible aware of the scope of this issue [CSEC] and the devastating impact it can have on children and young adults who are caught in its snare.
Sandra Griffin, Executive Director, Canadian Child Care Federation, Ottawa, Canada. http://www.cccf-fcsge.ca/
We need a Centre that will provide an explicit focal point on this issue and be a catalyst for significant change in addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth, including providing a forum for the voices of children, youth and experiential adults to participate in finding the solutions.
Kelly Hill, Founder & Special Advisor, Sisters Offering Support, HawaiI, USA. http://www.soshawaii.org/
Bill McElroy, Executive Director, Victoria Senior Citizens Housing Society, Victoria, Canada.
The sexual exploitation of children is a national and international disgrace. People need to know more about it so their outrage results in a political will to deal with the issue and its victims
Kim Pate, Executive Director, The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Ottawa, Canada. http://www.elizabethfry.ca/
Carol Smolenski, Coordinator, ECPAT-USA, Brooklyn, New York, USA. http://www.ecpatusa.org/
It is important there be a Canadian entity looking at the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children in a holistic way, with a child rights perspective. I'm proud to be associated with it.
Norma Hotaling, Executive Director, Standing Against Global Exploitation, San Francisco, USA. http://www.rapeis.org/activism/sextrade/sextrade.html
John Boraas, Dean of Access Programs and First Nations Education, Camosun College, Victoria, Canada. http://www.camosun.bc.ca/
IICRD is part of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Canada. It partners with us on research projects and shares administrative expenses.
A well-known international advocate who speaks out against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth, Cherry Kingsley works for ICCEC as a Special Advisor. She inspires and drives the work of the Centre. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherry grew up with violence, neglect and child abuse. She survived 8 years of exploitation and IV drug use in the sex trade as a child, and was a veteran of 20 foster care placements before age 18. She turned her life around to become a recipient of the Canadian Governor Generals Award in 2001, and the Queens Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal in 2003.
Determined that voices of sexually exploited youth be heard, Cherry started the Canadian National Youth In Care Network. In 1998, she organized Out of the Shadows, the first international summit of sexually exploited youth. She presented the Declaration & Agenda for Action developed at the summit to the United Nations General Assembly.
Cherry promotes awareness and action on human rights and the commercial sexual exploitation of children worldwide. Her accomplishments include:
- leading Save the Children Canadas project called Out from the Shadows & Into the Light to combat the sexual exploitation of children and youth across Canada;
- researching and co-authoring Sacred Lives: Canadian Aboriginal Children & Youth Speak out About Commercial Sexual Exploitation, which documents experiences of Aboriginal children and youth from Canadian communities;
- opening the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and placing the voice of experience at the forefront;
- representing ICCEC at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children and other international meetings;
- appearing in documentary films, the latest of which, To Free the Slaves, aired at a Pacific Northwest Amnesty International Film Festival in 2003.
For more on Cherry Kingsley see "Speaking Engagements"
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