Global Efforts to Expand the Financial Coalition
ICMEC is presently expanding the work of the FCACP on the international level, the goal of which is to disrupt the economics of the child pornography business by building alliances with companies, law enforcement and NGOs, and crafting solutions that are harmonious with local laws and customs.
- Significant progress has taken place in the Asia Pacific region. In the summer of 2009, ICMEC opened an office in Singapore, demonstrating its commitment to building the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography (APAC-FCACP). The APAC-FCACP has been actively mapping out priorities and work streams, as well as expanding engagement with multiple stakeholders. The Asia Pacific Coalition is made up of leading credit card companies, electronic payments networks, Internet companies, NGOs, industry associations and law enforcement. APAC-FCACP members are: ABACUS Australian Mutuals; Allen & Overy LLP; American Express; Australian Cards Risk Council; Australian Federal Police; Citi Asia Pacific; ECPAT International; ECPAT Child Alert NZ; eftpos Australia; Facebook Inc.; Google; G2 Web Services; MasterCard; Microsoft; National Australia Bank; New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs; PayPal; Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore; Thai Bankers Association; Uniting Church of Australia; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Visa; World Check; Xoom.com and Yahoo! Inc. The APAC-FCACP is currently taking a region-wide approach, and working on building country-specific networks in a few target countries. The law firm of Allen & Overy is supporting these efforts with pro bono research on the legislative and legal landscape in several Asia Pacific countries.
- The first phase of the European Financial Coalition (EFC) was launched in 2009 with support from the European Commission.Â The group is currently crafting a strategy for the second phase of the EFC.
- In Sweden, the NGO ECPAT Sweden started collaborations with SkandiaBanken and law enforcement in the summer of 2008. On 27 February 2009, the Swedish Bankers Association and ECPAT Sweden announced that all Swedish banks would be supporting the effort.