The INHOPE Foundation and ECPAT International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration with particular emphasis on collaborating to remove child sexual exploitation and abuse material (images and videos) from the Internet. Knowledge sharing and provision of technical assistance will be at the very heart of the strengthened partnership. ECPAT International will in particular link the INHOPE Foundation with local partners in countries where ECPAT has a membership base, support and engage in advocacy initiatives to persuade relevant decision makers of the need for a national reporting mechanism to identify and remove evidence of child sexual exploitation and abuse from the Internet.
"ECPAT International is very pleased to formalise its partnership with INHOPE. Establishing hotlines to allow for reporting online child sexual exploitation is essential to ending these crimes” said Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director of ECPAT International. “The experience and expertise that INHOPE has in this space will be an incredible asset to ECPAT International and our member groups all over the world."
“The INHOPE network of hotlines is dealing with an increasing volume of reports of child sexual exploitation material that is hosted and moved between hosting services around the world”, says Russell Chadwick, Vice President, INHOPE Foundation. “The unique expertise and global reach of ECPAT International is both crucial and extremely valuable to the INHOPE Foundation as it works to build global capacity to identify and disrupt access to online child sexual exploitation material.”