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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter October 10, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, October 10, 2011 10:48 AM



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 volunteering on the day of the walk, please email [address removed].

NEW - Do you have concerns about the potential negative impacts of well-meaning anti-human trafficking policies?

Come to an interactive brown bag lunch lecture on “Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Pandemics and Politics: Do Anti-Trafficking Policies Hurt the Most Vulnerable?” this Wednesday afternoon at American University Washington College of Law.

Joanna Busza, senior lecturer in sexual and reproductive health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will discuss her public health research conducted among Vietnamese sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and among Eastern European prostitutes working in London to demonstrate how attempts to reduce exploitation can result in increased human rights abuse and vulnerability to health risks such as HIV.

When: Wednesday, October 12, noon - 1:20p.m.

Where: 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, American University Washington College of Law, JD Student Lounge

For more information, contact Melissa del Aguila at [address removed]

REMINDER - Want a simple, tangible way to have significant impact on the success of the SMS Walk?

This Thursday evening, come help make walk signs and posters that will help participants find their way around and have an awesome experience at the walk at our organizer, Danielle Wipperfurth’s, apartment. There will be pizza and beer and jams so come hang out and get to know your fellow SMSers! All materials will be provided.

When: Thursday, October 13, 7:00p.m. - 9:30p.m. (Come when you can!)

Where: 2601 Woodley Place NW, Apt. No. 615,


NEW - Can’t wait for the SMS Walk to show your support for the cause?

Come to a Fashion with Passion happy hour benefiting the DC SMS Walk on Friday, October 21 at Sutra Lounge in Adams Morgan. There will be live music by Society & Ariane as well as presentations by health and fitness trainer Jen Elyse, style expert Kyndall Douglas and Giovanna and The Capital Icon Team & Models,

There will also be drink specials, door prizes and raffles so don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

When: Friday, October 21, 6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Where: Sutra Lounge,[masked] St., NW

Cover: $10 Donation

RSVP at: [address removed]; space is limited.

NEW - Are you looking for a worthy excuse to break out your fanciest duds and dance the night away?

Then come to this year’s Capital City Ball on November 19 at the fabulous and historic Washington Club. Beneficiaries of this year’s ball include a number of well-known DC-based anti-trafficking and human rights groups including Courtney’s House and Bridge to Freedom Foundation.

There will be live music provided by Bittersweet, an eleven-piece, high-energy dance band, plenty of hors d'oeuvres, assorted desserts, an open bar and a silent auction.

When: Saturday, November 19, 8:00p.m. - 1:00a.m.

Where: The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle, NW

Dress: Black tie formal

Tickets: Advocate level: $125 for a limited time; Angel level: $250; Tables are also available. To purchase your tickets, go to:


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 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

Also, be sure to check out End Slavery Now’s new "Action on the Ground" project map ( ) -- the first comprehensive and interactive web-based app to track the global fight against human trafficking. This new tool allows partner NGOs around the world to upload projects, photos and links; making it easy to see what organizations are doing to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate modern-day slaves, as well as stem demand.

REMINDER - Imagine [yourname] Have a nice ring to it?

Regardless of the extent of your involvement with DC Stop Modern Slavery, you can get a Stop Modern Slavery email address. These addresses are most useful when working on Stop Modern Slavery projects but they also simply indicate your involvement with this movement. You can even link your Stop Modern Slavery address to another address so you only have to check one inbox. If interested, please email [address removed].

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,

Thanks to those who provided submissions. Future submissions and any feedback on how this newsletter can be improved should be sent to [address removed].

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