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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter August 14, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, August 14, 2011 11:37 PM

DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter August 14, 2011



On October 22, 2011, thousands of people will gather on the National Mall for the annual DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk, a united effort to celebrate human rights, raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking, and raise funds for organizations that are working to end human trafficking. We hope for full participation from the SMS community.


If you are interested in joining the walk planning team, email [address removed] 

NEW - Have you heard of the real-life story Kathryn Bolkovac -- a former United Nations police woman who put her job and personal safety on the line in order to expose a wide-scale child sex trafficking operation involving U.S. military contractors and a U.N. cover-up in post-conflict Bosnia?

Bolkovac’s courageous efforts have been turned into a feature-length film starring Rachel Weiz. The Whistleblower is now showing in theaters across the country and locally at AMC Loews Shirlington 7 and Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema. You can show Hollywood that there is a market for films on human trafficking by bringing your friends and family to see The Whistelblower this week before it leaves theaters.

Check out the trailer here:

REMINDER - Ready for a one-of-a-kind SMS Meetup involving drums, dancing and lounging around on the grass?

Mark your calendar for Aug. 28 when we’ll be meeting at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Each Sunday afternoon, the park plays host to a diverse gathering of drummers, dancers, picknickers, yogis, soccer players, jugglers, readers and others.

SMS Members will be joining the joyful chaos to promote/get pumped for the annual Stop Modern Slavery Walk and can be found close to the music UNDER AN AQUA UMBRELLA. Please bring friends, snacks for sharing, blankets, balls, Frisbees, etc.

When: Sunday, August. 28, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Where: Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (park entrances at Euclid or Kalorama from the direction of Columbia Heights Station) or 15th or 16th St. NW (from the direction of U Street)



NEW - Did you know that emergency room physicians and staff are often the first and sometimes only members of the public to come into contact with victims of human trafficking?

As they are frequently hidden from society by their captors and pimps, opportunities to connect trafficking victims with social services and the police are few and far between. Thus, when victims are taken to the emergency room to recover from abuses associated with trafficking or other accidents and illnesses, emergency room personnel are a first line of defense against human trafficking. Therefore, it is critical they understand the signs and symptoms of human trafficking, so as to better provide help for the victims.

The American College of Emergency Physicians is dedicated to promoting top quality emergency medical care and today includes a membership of over 28,000 ER physicians, residents and medical students. The organization does not, however, presently offer explicit training for ER personnel to recognize and identify people being held against their will.

You can join your voice to thousands of others who are calling on ACEP to develop trainings and to provide more resources for the identification of potential trafficking victims by signing the petition here:

REMINDER - Want to support one of DC Stop Modern Slavery’s very own members in the voting race to receive a prestigious Stay Classy Award for Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year?

Diana Mao for the past four years has volunteered her time as the president and co-founder of Nomi Network, a nonprofit dedicated to providing survivors and women at-risk of sexual slavery in Cambodia with job training in order to ensure their financial independence. With support from Nomi, survivors in Cambodia are invited to workshops and training sessions where they learn how to produce Nomi’s trademarked socially conscious tote bags that are then successfully marketed and sold in the United States.

You can vote for Diana and increase Nomi’s chances at the $10,000 award prize by clicking here,


REMINDER - Do you have a yearning to work with a faith-based group doing important work with survivors of sex-trafficking in the developing world? Are you an undergraduate or graduate student working toward a degree in marketing, public relations or communications?

Tiny Hands International - a Christian nonprofit organization - is seeking eight college interns to plan and implement communications and social media strategies aimed at raising THI’s profile and growing its constituency. Intern responsibilities include working with THI staff to encourage best practices in communications content development; potential to write press releases and blog posts on THI activities and concerns; manage, troubleshoot and resolve task-oriented IT issues.

The internship will be done through telecommuting and will last for a time period between August and December. The deadline to apply is August 20. If interested, send resume (cover letter is not necessary) to THI Communications Coordinator Jenna Hudlow at [address removed] and fill out this online form at

REMINDER - Love event planning? Have ideas for DC SMS Meetup locations, speakers, or activities?

As DC Stop Modern Slavery is a community group, we all have the opportunity to shape our gatherings. If you have a knack for event planning and/or have ideas for meetup locations, speakers, or activities, please email [address removed].


REMINDER - Have you had a chance to catch a screening of Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth? The documentary crew, which focuses its camera on the domestic sex trafficking of minors and efforts by modern-day abolitionists to eradicate the profitable enterprise, has been traveling across the United States for almost two years -- interviewing over 75 federal agents, trafficking survivors, politicians, advocates, psychologists and porn-stars.

If you are interested in attending one of the free screenings, watch the trailer at and check the tour schedule for a location near you.

REMINDER - Want to head back to school/work in style while also making a socially conscious statement?

You can put your to put your hard-earned dollars to work by supporting the economic empowerment of survivors of human trafficking. RIJI Green is having an online Back to School/ Go to Work Sale until August 20. All products are made by survivors or people at risk to human trafficking.

Act Justly Messenger bags $14.99, discounted from $25.00
Bella's Tote $13.99, discounted from $19.95
All Kids products $19.95, discounted from $22.95

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REMINDER - Have you heard about the New Underground Railroad?

It’s a web-based portal where anti-trafficking activists across the globe can link up to share information about campaigns, one-time events, important legislation, internships and job positions. Create your own FREE account with End Slavery Now -- the world’s largest database of volunteers, organizations, facilities and service professionals fighting to stop modern day slavery.

To sign up, visit

REMINDER - Interested in reading news articles gathered from around the country and the globe that cover human trafficking crimes and efforts to eliminate modern-day slavery? Sign up to receive The Abolitionist’s Digest -- produced by DC SMS members and emailed each Wednesday morning.

Sign up to receive the weekly digest here,

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