Beyond Borders Fast Facts

ECPAT is a national, bilingual, volunteer organization advancing the rights of children everywhere to be free from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Based out of Bangkok, Thailand, ECPAT is a registered Canadian charity with no political or religious affiliation. It is a Canadian representative of ECPAT International, a global network of more than 118 groups in over 100 countries.

Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada was co-founded in 1996 by Rosalind Prober, C.M. (Winnipeg) Mark Eric Hecht, BA, DIA, LL.B. (Ottawa). It acquired ECPAT affiliate status in 1999.


ECPAT stands for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes.


Raise awareness
Monitor court cases for human rights violations
Intervene in court cases to provide a voice for victims
Advocate for improved legislation
Promote/support effective prevention and intervention initiatives
Provide training and education

Key Successes

Lobbied successfully to broaden the law to combat child sex tourism. Now, Canadians who sexually abuse children or engage in child pornography in foreign jurisdictions can be held accountable in Canada under Canadian law (called the “Prober Amendment”).
  • Founding partner with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in the creation of, Canada’s tipline for reporting online child sexual exploitation.


See successes page for more.

Beyond Borders Media Awards

National, bilingual media awards program recognizing excellence in electronic and print journalism covering the issue of child sexual exploitation. Annual event with professional and student categories.

See the media awards page for more information.