Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA
Carol Smolenski, the Executive Director and one of the founders of ECPAT-USA, has been working in the field of children‘s rights for eighteen years. She is a long-time nationally-recognized leader in the movement to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. With ECPAT-USA, Carol oversaw the development of the first research project on child trafficking in New York City, as well as two other projects on the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She was the Project Director for the New York City Community Response to Trafficking Project, a multi-faceted, ground-breaking project that focused on educating communities at risk for human trafficking about the federal anti-trafficking law and help obtain better protections for victims. The Project worked with grassroots community groups and helped to facilitate relationships between community organizations and criminal justice agents. Carol has developed and managed projects to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in the United States, Belize, and the Riviera Maya and Cancun sections of Mexico. She is currently overseeing a similar project in Brazil. She has spoken at numerous conferences and has presented testimonies in venues ranging from the New York City Council to the United States Congress and the United Nations. Carol has a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College and an M.Phil from Columbia University.