What We Do

Innocents at Risk is pleased to donate 18 “Beauty Within Bags” by The Artist Agency to 18 girls at Youth for Tomorrow who are survivors of Human Trafficking.


Flight Attendant Initiative

In 2008, Innocents at Risk launched its Flight Attendant Initiative, providing approximately one-third of American Airlines’ 19,000 flight attendants with vital information on human trafficking compiled into a brochure we created titled, “Protecting Women and Children from Human Trafficking.” The brochure alerts flight attendants to the signs of trafficking and gives them the National Hotline Number 1-888-373-7888 to call to report critical information, and possibly save a life. As a result, hundreds of flight attendants have become involved with the Flight Attendant Initiative.

Innocents at Risk’s Flight Attendant Initiative was recently named by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in addition to DHS, the program is supported by the U.S. State Department, ICE, Customs Border Control and countless NGOs in the United States and around the globe.

The Flight Attendant Initiative has been extremely successful, and we are expanding the program for other airlines. Flight Attendants are in a unique position to call the national Hotline Number immediately when they notice suspicious activity and possible victims. They are the First Line of Defense!

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Speaking to Middle School Girls

IAR Founder Deborah Sigmund speaks to middle school girls using posters from National Center of Missing and Exploited ChildrenDeborah Speaking to Middle School girls

Ninos de Cristo – 2013

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Innocents at Risk’s Deborah Sigmund with the Ambassador of the Ukraine, Congressman Chris Smith and Nancy Rivard. Pres of Airline Ambassadors

Airline crews train to spot traffickers

CNN’s Thelma Gutierrez reports on a new initiative to teach airline workers how to spot human trafficking on flights.

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow at the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will chair the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. At this meeting, leaders from across the Administration will highlight recent accomplishments and the U.S. government’s priorities for combating modern slavery in the coming year. Secretary Clinton will be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretaries Hilda Solis, Kathleen Sebelius, and Janet Napolitano, and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett, among many other agency leaders and White House officials. The meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. EST. You may watch the meeting live-streamed over the Internet (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live).

A formal Notice to the Press, including information for a press point of contact, is below and may be forwarded to anyone interested.

We hope you will join us for this important event.

For Immediate Release and Posting

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release March 14, 2012


Secretary Clinton to Chair President’s Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will chair the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the White House. Those attending include Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence LtGen James R. Clapper, Jr., USAF (Ret.). U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett. Representatives from the Departments of Transportation and Education, the Domestic Policy Council, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Management and Budget will also participate.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 authorized the President to establish the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to coordinate federal efforts to combat human trafficking. The PITF is chaired by the Secretary of State and meets annually.

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States Government’s global fight against contemporary forms of slavery. The office was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca directs the Department of State’s anti-trafficking efforts within the Office of Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights under the leadership of Under Secretary María Otero.

Video of this event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov.

Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to Tim Mulvey (mulveyt@state.gov) by Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. Press who do not have a White House hard pass must include their social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender. Members of the press should arrive at the White House no later than 9:30 a.m. and will be escorted to the event from the briefing room.

Support the Report to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

ECPAT-USA is asking for your support for the report (linked below) written for submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. “The NGO Alternative Report to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) about the U.S. Government’s Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography,” was coordinated by ECPAT-USA and authored by NGOs around the country. The deadline for you to email us your organization’s willingness to be listed as one of the submitting organizations is February 29. Please let us know the exact name of your organization as it should be listed. (Contact ECPAT-USA: 718-935-9192 or ecpat@ecpatusa.org)

the Child, it did ratify the two Optional Protocols. The UNCRC has created a procedure that allows NGOs to offer additional information for the Committee to use when it reviews the U.S. government’s report in 2012. We submitted our first Alternative Report in 2007, which the UNCRC followed closely in its questioning of the U.S. government and in its recommendations. In 2010 the U.S. submitted its second report to the UNCRC informing the Committee about how it had implemented the Optional Protocol. And this is the second NGO report.

The more organizations supporting the Alternative Report, the more weight it will carry with the UN Committee. Please feel free to share it with others who might want to support this report as well.

It is always a timely moment for organizations to take a stand on child trafficking, but even more so now because the latest revisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act have been stalled in Congress. We urge you to demonstrate your support for a strengthened government response.


Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA
ph: 718-935-9192 / email: ecpat@ecpatusa.org

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The Human Face Of Modern Slavery

Huffington Post, January 26, 2012

Reality check: There are more slaves in the world today than were taken from Africa in the four centuries of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade–over 27 million. Of those, two million are children exploited in the commercial sex trade.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, with annual profits exceeding that of ExxonMobil ($32 billion from sex trafficking alone). The average girl forced into prostitution is 13. Many are younger than that.


2011 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk

Orphanage Mission

In October 2009, Innocents at Risk identified two orphanages in the Dominican Republic, Ninos de Cristo and Jackie’s House, for Airline Ambassadors to co-partner with Innocents at Risk. Ninos de Criso, located in La Romana, houses, protects, loves and cares for children who are abandoned, orphaned and abused. It acts as a permanent home for survivors of child trafficking. Currently Ninos de Cristo shelters 140 children, of which 80% are female and who range in age from 1 to 18.

Jackie’s House, located in Santo Domingo, also provides shelter and care for approximately 35 children, most of whom are physically challenged. These children are victims of all kinds of abuse, and often have parents who have been imprisoned. Without the protection of Jackie’s House, most of these children would probably be victims of sex trafficking.

Innocents at Risk, along with Airline Ambassadors, will be fulfilling our third mission to the Dominican Republic June 4-7. A group of 35 individuals, mostly part of the Mandell School in New York, will fly to Santo Domingo and spend two days each at Ninos de Cristo and Jackie’s House. We will sponsor lunches for the children for two days, build a hydroponic garden, organize song singing events, purchase groceries, and provide in-kind aid (such as feminine hygiene products) and health aid (such as medicine and vitamins), as well as monetary aid. We will also bring back three children who will stay with families for 2 weeks. As part of their stay, they will be helping out at the Mandell summer camp for a week.

The organization faces many monthly operational expenses, which are only partially covered by a private donor, and therefore at times, the staff and children find themselves in difficulty. Innocents at Risk’s twice yearly trips have been a tremendous help, but there is still so much to do and we cannot do it alone. To donate to the Dominican Republic projects, please refer to our homepage (www.innocentsatrisk.org) or to the American Airline Ambassadors’ website (airlineamb.org). Donations of any amount are appreciated and vital to these children, and they are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your on-going support of us! Together we can stop the travesty that is human trafficking.

For further information, please contact us at 202-625-4338 or dsigmund@innocentsatrisk.org.

Awareness Video

In 2007, Innocents at Risk produced a 10-minute public service video to support the awareness campaign about human trafficking. The video continues to be distributed to embassies, conferences and schools in the U.S. and around the world in order to further our goals of education and awareness. This original video is intended as a wake-up call to those who are unaware of this threat and to the millions of innocents who are most vulnerable.

Awareness Merchandise

Innocents at Risk strives to bring you products that do the maximum amount of good. That’s why 100% of our proceeds go to fight child trafficking and to raise awareness about this illicit industry. With each item purchased, shoppers generate funds that provide training materials for flight attendants, so that these people on the front line can call the hotline number and prevent child trafficking. We have a wide array of items to show your support, and hope to bring even more items to you soon.

Speaking Engagements

Deborah Sigmund is a full-time advocate for the fight against Human Trafficking, speaking to dozens of schools, civic groups, churches, and local organizations throughout the United States. Through these organizations, Innocents at Risk is establishing branches for awareness and training across the country.These are just some of the organizations who have heard a presentation by Innocents at Risk:

  • The Capital Speakers Club
  • The Charter 100 Club
  • The Women’s Legislature Leadership Forum
  • Soroptimist International of the Americas
  • The Meridian House
  • The Women’s Club of Louisville, Kentucky
  • T.H.I.S. Organization

To schedule a presentation, please contact us at 202-625-4338 or dsigmund@innocentsatrisk.org.