Sometimes, cycling isn't all grinning through misty mountains. Sometimes, it's for a great cause. This year I will be riding again (my second time!) in the 5 Boro Bike Tour in support of the important work of ECPAT-USA.
Little-known fact: they say the 5 Boro Bike Ride is only about 40 miles. Through very complicated routing, not only is it actually closer to 400 miles, it is also uphill all the way. And due to the unusual meteorological phenomenon of early May in New York City, it will also be into a stiff headwind and raining the whole way.
So won't you help me out by helping out ECPAT-USA???
Kidding aside, I've been helping out ECPAT_USA for a few of years now, and their work is incredibly important, but more critically, their work is effective. They are immensely worthy recipients of whatever you can contribute.
ABOUT ECPAT-USATwenty-five years ago, ECPAT-USA became the first U.S.-based nonprofit to work on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA started with fighting sex tourism, helping to get legislation passed that ensured that Americans who traveled abroad to buy sex with minors could be prosecuted in the US for sexually exploiting children in other countries.
As the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children, ECPAT-USA focuses on awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of ECPAT International, a network of organizations in 88 countries working together toward one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children.
WHAT THEY DO
To protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking, ECPAT-USA:
- Advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution.
- Promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
- Educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
- Empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.