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ECPAT Austria was founded in November 2003 as a specialized body working against any form of sexual exploitation of children. The coalition is a nationwide platform of non-governmental organizations as well as individual members, that are active in the areas of children’s rights or in development cooperation. Since December 2006 ECPAT Austria is a non-profit association and carries out campaigns and projects in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as network partners to raise public awareness, develop preventive measures, and create legal bases for the protection of children.

ECPAT Austria

Contact: Ms. Astrid Winkler
Phone: +43 1 2931666, +43 1 9237601
Address: Stutterheimstraße 16-18/2/4/24e 1150 Wien (Karte)


Austria has a solid legal framework, as far as Civil and Penal Law is concerned, aiming at protecting children from violence and abuse. Key provisions of the Child Rights Convention related to protection from all forms of violence are even entrenched in Austria’s Constitution. Initiated by and in cooperation with ECPAT Austria, numerous measures for awareness raising and educational purposes have been implemented, especially on topics of Safeguarding, child trafficking, and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. The number of training for police officers have increased as well as the distribution of information material such as ‘Child trafficking in Austria. Background Information and Checklist to Assist Youth Welfare Authorities, Police Forces, Aliens’. Austria is a destination and transit country for children trafficked for sexual purposes and criminal activities. Most of the victims are Eastern or SoutheasternEuropean.

However, ECPAT Austria together with other child rights activists in Austria and various monitoring bodies (UN-CRC, Council of Europe-GRETA, European Commission) are pointing out deficits and gaps in law enforcement and are constantly providing the necessary resources to service providers of child protection.


ECPAT with 41 child’s rights organisations denounces IMCO’s draft opinion on the EC Child Sexual Abuse Regulation Proposal

Year: 2023

Open Letter: European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Year: 2022

ECPAT International
ECPAT Submission: Public consultation on EU Directive 2011/93/EU on combatting sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children

Year: 2022

Defence for Children – ECPAT the Netherlands
Reluctance to Report Sexual Exploitation of Children Related to Travel and Tourism

Year: 2019


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