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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter October 16, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, October 16, 2011 11:09 PM



The DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk is only one week away! There is still time for you to sign up to join thousands of other activists in walking on the National Mall in a united effort to celebrate human rights, foster awareness about human trafficking, and raise funds for organizations that are working to end human trafficking.


If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the walk, please email [address removed].

REMINDER - 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 this 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.

REMINDER - 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:


NEW - Want to be a responsible consumer? Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?

While a large number of supermarkets, restaurants and food service companies have agreed to pay $0.01 more per pound of tomatoes to the farm workers who pick them -- guaranteeing their tomatoes are slave-free -- Trader Joe’s has refused to follow suit and this despite its progressive image.

Over 1,000 incidents of human trafficking in Florida’s tomato fields have been investigated in the last decade by the Labor Department. In these cases, many workers were housed in inhumane conditions, had their identification documents illegally confiscated and were robbed of their meager wages by employers who fabricated debts to keep them working.

You can send Trader Joe’s a loud message that you want them to adopt responsible anti-trafficking practices by signing the petition ( urging Trader Joe’s to sell only slavery-free tomatoes. As October marks the start of the Florida tomato season, now is the time to bring crucial public attention to this issue.


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

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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