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May Meetup: Norma Bastidas's Arrival in DC!

  • May 4, 2014 · 12:00 PM
  • National Mall

Dear DC SMSers and Be Relentless supporters,

Thank you so much for showing interest in Norma Bastidas and the Be Relentless film crew as we arrive to Washington D.C. on Sunday, May 4th at noon on the National Mall (between 8th and 12th Street). This message contains information on how to get involved, stay connected, and be an integral part of the grand finale as we celebrate reaching the finish line of the world's longest triathlon in your town!

Norma Bastidas, survivor of sexual violence, abuse and attempted human trafficking, is currently on the last leg of her record-breaking triathlon. She began her journey of 3,700 miles swimming, biking and running through Mexico and the U.S. on March 1. Her goal is to prove that anything is possible and to inspire and encourage people to take a stand against human trafficking here and everywhere. Be Relentless is the bilingual, feature-length documentary currently following and recording every step of her journey. The film, which will premiere late 2014/early 2015, will capture the stories of Norma, other survivors, activists, politicians, prosecutors, after-care specialists, as well as the thousands of victims who are transported along Norma's triathlon route into the U.S. to be sold as slaves. Norma's story of survival, hope and determination will draw people everywhere in join the fight against human trafficking and you can be a part of it!

Here's how you can join:

1. Stay in the loop:
Join our Constant Contact email list to stay up-to-date with news on our arrival and learn how you can be a part of the Be Relentless movement. As some important details are still being determined, please sign up to stay current on Norma’s arrival information. 


2. Share your support: Like iEmpathize on Facebook and help us get to 6,000 followers before we reach D.C. & follow @BeRelentlessMov and @UltraRunWild on Twitter. Share this message with your friends, families, neighbors and colleagues.

3. Donate your support:
Sponsor a mile at and inspire others to do the same.

4. Wear your support: Buy your Be Relentless T-shirt (proceeds directly benefit the film, which directly benefits survivors).

5. Run and support: Pledge to run the last 3 miles with Norma and cross the finish line with her on May 4th. Runners will meet near the Arlington Cemetery Metro Station on the Virginia side of the Arlington Bridge. 

*SIGN UP TO RUN WITH NORMA HERE and invite others to join as well:

This project has already proved it has tremendous potential for sparking social change and growing the army of people everywhere who are combating this human rights violation that happens in every country across the world. Won't you join us in fighting for the countless victims and survivors?

-Brad Riley
Founder/President of iEmpathize
Producer/Director of Be Relentless, an iEmpathize campaign

***DC SMS is privileged to support the Be Relentless campaign and iEmpathize, as it is to support all anti-trafficking stakeholders in and around the DC area.

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  • Giné R.

    What an amazing moment to see this inspiring woman break a world record in the fight against human trafficking!!

    1 · May 4, 2014

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