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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter October 24, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, October 24, 2011 3:43 AM


NEW - Are you a law student or attorney with an interest in combating modern-day slavery?

Come to an in-person/teleconference seminar this Thursday on “Human Trafficking: Is the Solution Beyond the Scope of Domestic Legal Mechanisms” organized by the American Bar Association. Panel experts Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees senior protection associate Amanda Gray, New England School of Law Professor Dina Haynes and American University Washington College of Law Forced Labor and Trafficking Program Director Ann Jordan will discuss the multiple international mechanisms adopted to fight human trafficking as well as the numerous challenges currently undermining their effective implementation.

When: Thursday, October 27, 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.

Where: Crowell & Moring LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.

Cost: law student rate: free; young lawyer rate: $15; Section of International Law Members: $45; Non-sect member: $75


NEW - Want to hear the State Department’s point man on human trafficking testify before Congress?

Attend a hearing this Thursday of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on “The Trafficking in Persons Report 2011: Truth, Trends, and Tier Rankings.”

Featured speakers are: Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun.

When: Thursday, October 27, 2:00p.m.

Where: Rayburn Room 2200

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:


REMINDER - 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,

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