Hello All, I hope to see many of you at the April meeting, talk and movie. Lauren Taylor will be giving a talk on Empowering the Individual - How You Can Stop Modern Slavery Today. Lauren is the founder of End Slavery Now. The following has been copied from the End Slavery Now website. I encourage everyone to visit this website as it is a wonderful educational tool to learn about human trafficking, organizations, and ways to be involved.
End Slavery Now is a nonprofit corporation. We?re here to help you fight human trafficking with the best resources available. Our mission is to end slavery in our lifetime. We accept no donations. If you wish to give, please do so to one of the organizations listed. 100% of revenues earned for merchandise and services go toward ending slavery. Now.
Our mission is to end slavery in our lifetime.
A world without slavery.
Our Core Purpose
Our purpose is to support the work of grassroots activists and anti-trafficking organizations, and to grow and advance the anti-trafficking movement, by consolidating and sharing resources, best practices, and events; and by promoting their work through various social media channels and free listings in the New Underground Railroad?.
ESN leverages the power of the Internet combined with database technology to empower members of the anti-trafficking movement to efficiently coordinate their efforts to combat slavery; to share information with partners and stakeholders; to coordinate grassroots efforts through social networking; and to make meaningful contributions in the anti-trafficking movement.
Conceived in the fall of 2008, ESN officially launched the Take Action Database, New Abolitionist email service, Nationwide Human Trafficking Calendar, and online anti-trafficking awareness store in December 2009. ESN?s Internet-based New Underground Railroad? went live on January 1, 2010. To date, the websites have served thousands of visitors from 48 out of 50 U.S. states and over 65 countries around the world.
Our Vetting Policy
Groups listed on this website are vetted carefully according to an extensive set of criteria and are intended to be representative of selected:
?recognized international, federal or state government entities;
?registered nonprofit organizations with broad geographic or programmatic focus, whose activities are lawful and ethical, and, preferably, who have been recognized by external validation bodies such as Charity Navigator; or
?limited examples of model regional or local organizations.
Please be aware that the process of investigation and vetting takes time. Please note that we cannot enter into a correspondence concerning any specific organization.
Our Board of Directors
Lauren Taylor, Founder & President
Lauren is the Communications Director for the Solar Electric Light Fund. She came to SELF from the corporate sector with a background in sustainability and extensive experience in developing countries. Her passion for bringing solar energy to the developing world was formed early in her professional career while working in the Caribbean basin. One of the founding partners of Worrell Water Technologies in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lauren brings over 12 years senior executive experience in various marketing, communications and operations roles. She received her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and her BS in International Business from Florida Atlantic University. Lauren recently stepped down from her role on the leadership team for the DC professional chapter of Net Impact to devote more time to End Slavery Now. She is a member of the anti-human trafficking group, DC Stop Modern Slavery and assistant organizer for VA Stop Modern Slavery.
Dr. Andrea Larson
Dr. Larson, Associate Professor of Business Administration, has served for 20 years on the faculty of The Darden School teaching in the MBA program and in Executive Education in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable business. Sustainable business is a "triple bottom line" approach by corporations incorporating economic, social and environmental performance considerations into operations and strategy. Building upon earlier research in entrepreneurship, alliances, and network organizations, her current research, teaching, and curriculum development focuses on innovation by companies engaged in sustainable business as a strategic and competitive advantage. Her publications have appeared in journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Interfaces (international operations journal, special issue on sustainable business practices). Her work has also appeared in edited volumes on innovation, green chemistry, ethics, and entrepreneurship.
Larson was co-founder in 2002 of The Ingenuity Project, a multifaceted program to integrate theory and practice on entrepreneurship/innovation together with sustainable business practices, and to encourage their use in management education as well as corporations. Entrepreneurship theory, green chemistry design, industrial ecology, and cradle to cradle design were illustrative of the core approach.
She holds a PhD from Harvard University, awarded jointly by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Wayne R. Knight
Dr. Knight is a physicist who spent his career in the defense industry. He retired after 26 years in industry and 26 years in government. During his career he worked for the Army Test and Evaluation Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Institute for Defense Analyses, Central Intelligence Agency, General Dynamics and Boeing. He is currently active in promoting political reform, attending school in forensic science and foreign languages, and volunteers as an election official in his community.
Dr. Kevin Bales
Dr. Kevin Bales is an expert on modern slavery and President of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International (the world?s oldest human rights organization). He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Roehampton University in London, Visiting Professor at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the International Cocoa Initiative.
Bales's book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, published in 1999, has now been published in ten other languages. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called it "a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery." A revised edition was published in 2005. This book was based on the first-hand in-depth study of five slave-based "businesses" in five different countries: Thailand (prostitution); Mauritania (water selling); Brazil (charcoal production); India (agriculture); and Pakistan (brick making). His book was the basis for the 2000 film Slavery: A Global Investigation.
Bales work was informed by the development of globalization theory by Martin Albrow, the theorization of human rights by Darren O'Byrne, and the empirical training he received from Jack Gibbs and Larry DeBord. Bales's work won the Premio Viareggio for services to humanity in 2000, and the documentary based on his work won the Peabody Award for 2000 and two Emmy Awards in 2002. He was awarded the Laura Smith Davenport Human Rights Award in 2005; the Judith Sargeant Murray Award for Human Rights in 2004; and the Human Rights Award of the University of Alberta in 2003. In 2006 the association of British Universities named Bales' work as one of the top "100 world-changing discoveries of the last fifty years." In December 2008, Utne Reader named him one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."
Bales is a trustee of Anti-Slavery International and was a consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Trafficking of Human Beings. He has been invited to advise the U.S., British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments, as well as the governments of the Economic Community of West African States, on the formulation of policy on slavery and human trafficking. He recently edited an Anti-Human Trafficking Toolkit for the United Nations, and published, with the Human Rights Center at Berkeley, a report on forced labor in the USA. Bales is working with the chocolate industry to remove child and slave labor from the product chain.
Bales writes on contemporary slavery (see for example his feature article in the April 2002 Scientific American). His book Understanding Global Slavery was published in September 2005. His book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves was published in 2007. In 2008, with Zoe Trodd, he published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today?s Slaves; and with seven of the Magnum photographers, Documenting Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery. In 2009, with Ron Soodalter, he published The Slave Next Door: Modern Slavery in the United States; and Modern Slavery with Zoe Trodd and Alex Williamson. He is currently writing a book on the relationship of slavery and environmental destruction; and with Jody Sarich, a book exploring forced marriage worldwide. He gained his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics.
In 1990, Bales teamed with Simon Pell, then head of Arts for Labour in the UK, to form the fundraising and research consultancy Pell & Bales Ltd. Since that time the firm has grown to be the largest company of its type in Britain, and has raised more than $1 billion for medical charities, human rights groups, environmental campaigns, overseas development, and the Labour Party.
Kevin Bales was Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi from 2001 to 2005.
Amanda Kloer has been actively working in the anti-trafficking field since 2002. She currently manages human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and other human rights projects and programs for the American Bar Association. There, she develops training and educational materials and programming for the legal community on a number of human rights topics. Additionally, Amanda blogs about human trafficking for Change.org, a leading online community promoting social change. You can read her blog at http://humantrafficking.change.org/
Ray Lian works as a Senior Sales Consultant for software company Oracle Corporation, specializing in helping US Federal Government agencies apply enterprise software to empower their mission. At night and on the weekends, he is the lead organizer of DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS), a grassroots organization in Washington DC dedicated to combating human trafficking and modern slavery. Since 2007, Ray has worked with community members to transform DC SMS from a small community of concerned citizens to an all-volunteer grassroots organization with over 800 members and culture of action and collaboration. At DC SMS, he oversaw 33 community projects, 19 public events, over 40 expert speakers, the education of thousands, and a 2009 walk with over 700 participants and over $40,000 raised. His work has led to the formation of Stop Modern Slavery chapters in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Ray is also the executive director of Stop Modern Slavery, Inc., an umbrella non-profit organization for community groups around the US. Through his work in human rights, Ray has been recognized as an expert in grassroots organizing and has advised human rights leaders throughout the US and world. Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia.
Our Contact Information
End Slavery Now
P.O. Box 65007
Washington, DC 20035