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The Washington DC Fight Human Trafficking August Meetup

  • Aug 18, 2005 · 7:00 PM
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In 2005 Free the Slaves tackled the issue of domestic slavery in the United States. The result was the unprecedented documentary film Dreams Die Hard. This short documentary profiles several individuals trapped in slavery in locations across the United States. Maria was enslaved as a domestic servant and victim of sexual exploitation in southern California. Miguel was enslaved in Florida, where his captor used violence to force him and many others to harvest tomatoes. Christy, Rose, and Judith were enslaved in Maryland, where they and other girls from their native Cameroon were enslaved as domestic servants. The stories told in Dreams Die Hard illustrate the myriad ways people become enslaved in this country. It also highlights the spirit and resolve of those heroes who have put themselves at risk to step into the lives of slaves. Ultimately, these stories highlight these survivors’ passion for freedom and justice, not just for themselves, but also for victims of slavery worldwide. At the DC Human Trafficking Meetup on Thursday August 18, 2005, we will watch a screening of the film Dreams Die Hard. After showing the film, Jacob Patton, Outreach Director for Free the Slaves, will facilitate a discussion about the topics raised by the film. Together we will explore the problem of modern day slavery in the US and discuss how we can work with one another to eradicate slavery once and for all. Of the 27 million slaves in the world today, more than 10,000 live and work in the United States. Free the Slaves recently partnered with researchers from UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center to document the prevalence of modern day slavery right here in “The Land of the Free.” This research was published as the path-breaking academic report Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I came to D.C. specifically to see that if I was to raise money for Polaris it would be used wisely. I understand that a great deal of the information I want can not be disclosed, I only want to feel secure in raising money and awareness for the specific agenda of the Polaris Project. I do not feel that I know anything more than before I meet with the group. Evidence of your work was my goal and I failed to achieve that goal. The scale of the slavery problem is overwhelming but, I still want to aid you. I do not have the education that most of the people at the meeting have had nore do I have the relavent field experience however, most of the people in this country who are willing to give anything it takes to free these people probible dont either. D.C. was a fasinating city that I hope to see again. Forgive my ignorance, the meeting felt like a competition of who can speak most elequantly. Next time Ill fly (no Grayhound) and be prepared to look up vacabulary. Thank you.

    August 24, 2005

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the documentary created by Free the Slaves was really powerful. The discussion followed by the film was also great.

    August 19, 2005

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it was great and can be an effective vehicle for community mobilization. Next time it might be helpful to talk about concrete measures we can all take, or to start organizing around some action in the community.

    August 19, 2005

  • mike

    enjoyed it thoroughly, not as formal as i expected from looking at the june's pics.

    August 19, 2005

  • Bradley

    Great content!

    August 18, 2005

  • Blake K.

    Informative video and excellent follow up Q&A.

    August 18, 2005

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