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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter November 7, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, November 7, 2011 3:52 AM


REMINDER - Are you free today to attend a daylong forum on how civil society can be leveraged against modern-day slavery?

The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is holding its sixth annual symposium. The topic of this year’s conference is “The Five Elements of Civil Society: A New Approach to Participation in Combating Trafficking in Persons."

The forum will investigate the role of civil society (NGOs, academia, private business, media, religious organizations) in combating all forms of trafficking in persons and will bring together prominent experts, scholars, and practitioners, who will discuss best practices, lessons learned and challenges in combating trafficking at the international, national, federal, and state levels.

When: Monday, November 7, 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

Where: SAIS, Kenney Auditorium,1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW


NEW - Looking for a good excuse to sooth that parched throat of yours with some quenching adult libations?

Come to a benefit happy hour on Wednesday at Madhatter in Dupont Circle where a small donation at the door to Polaris Project gets you discounted food and beverages. Proceeds will be used for Polaris programming that benefits survivors of modern-day slavery.

Survivor-made jewelry and scarves will also be available for purchase. By purchasing these goods, you can help survivors rebuild their lives and gain financial independence.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Where: Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW

Price: $10 donation at the door.

NEW - Do you have professional level or years of volunteering experience working on labor trafficking issues in the United States? Do you have a deep familiarity with the efforts of DC Stop Modern Slavery?

If you fit the above description and have some free time during normal business hours on Friday, November 11, DC SMS would love to have you meet with a member of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership program on Trafficking in Persons. The visitor will be from France and is spending a week in Washington gathering information about anti-labor trafficking efforts in the United States.

If you’re interested in meeting with the Trafficking in Persons program visitor, contact Taline Kevonian of the Mississippi Consortium for International Development at [address removed] or by calling [masked]-6249.

REMINDER - Want to be part of a live audience in a debate on human trafficking hosted by Al Jazeera?

In one week, as part of its new series probing the corners of modern-day slavery, Al Jazeera will moderate a televised debate before a studio audience on the economics and politics of globalization that are driving the growth in human trafficking.

The debate will be hosted by celebrated British journalist Rageh Omaar and will feature the head of the State Department’s office on human trafficking, Ambassador Luis C. deBaca as well as U.N. Special Rapporteur Trafficking in Persons Joy Ezeilo and Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales.

When: Monday, November 14, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Where: Decatur House on Lafayette Square, 1610 H St. NW

Tickets: admission is free but seating is limited. To save your seat email your details to [address removed]

REMINDER - Do you have few free hours to participate in a free webinar on best practices for combating child trafficking?

The Harvard Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, together with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking will bring together a panel of experts from nongovernmental organizations, the business sector and academia to share their thoughts on best practices for fighting the trafficking of children.

UNICEF child protection specialist Susu Thatun will share UNICEF’s perspective on service provision to children; The Body Shop International Campaigns Director Christopher Davis will provide insights into the role private companies can take in combating the crime; and International Labor Organization senior specialist Hans van de Glind will touch on the viewpoints of major labor organizations. There will be time for Q&A following panelists’ presentations.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

Where: Online


NEW - Are you ready for another inspiring and educational DC Stop Modern Slavery Meetup?

Well we’ve got one coming right up for you! All local modern day abolitionists are encouraged to gather on Tuesday, November 15 at the Institute for Policy Studies. Our guest speaker for the evening, Tiffany Williams, is the advocacy director of Break the Chain Campaign, national coordinator for Freedom Network USA, and a consultant at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

You can also knock out some of that holiday shopping by checking out the survivor-made products available for sale by RIJI Green.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00p.m.

Where: Institute for Policy Studies,[masked]th St. NW (Someone will be at the door to let you in from 6:30p.m. -7:15p.m. After that, an on-call number will be posted and someone can come down to let you in.)


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 - Do you have extra personal care items lying around that you know you’ll never use?

Consider donating them to survivors of human trafficking. Bridge to Freedom Foundation is currently collecting new personal care items including beauty and nutritional products. BTFF is also in need of retail gift certificates that can be used by survivors to purchase badly needed clothing. If you have any of these items available for donation, please email [address removed].

REMINDER - Can you make a small (or large) donation this Wednesday to help the efforts of a number of area organizations dedicated to combating modern-day slavery?

Greater Washington Give To The Max Day is an innovative attempt to maximize donations over a single day to local nonprofits. Participating groups will not only see charitable contributions to their organization increase significantly on this day but will also be in the running for a number of monetary prizes for Most Dollars Raised, Most Donors and others.

Polaris Project, FAIR Fund and other organizations that work against human trafficking are already signed on. If your nonprofit has not yet signed up to participate, you have until Friday to do so. For more information about the participating organizations, contest rules and prizes available, visit:

REMINDER - Did you know a new website has taken Craigslist’s place as the No. 1 online platform for advertising sex with minors?

Village Voice Media is well aware that its website,, is used as a platform for child sex trafficking but has not taken action to remedy this egregious problem, likely due to the fact the site brings in tens of millions of dollars in revenue from its adult services ads. According to a recent letter to Village Voice from 51 Attorneys General, Backpage is known to have been used in over 50 cases spread across 22 states of trafficking or attempted sex trafficking of minors. While such use violates Backpage’s terms of service, the site continually fails to identify and remove ads selling sex with children.

You can register your outrage over this crime by signing a petition ( ) urging Village Voice executives to shut down Backpage’s Adult Services section. We did it with Craigslist, now let’s see if we can do it again!


NEW - Want to be an extra or narrator for a local film project highlighting human trafficking?

Again this week, the Hague Files and several DC area SMS members will be shooting extra scenes at Gallery Place/Chinatown for the film and accompanying promo trailer. No previous acting experience is required; just your energy and devotion to the issue of human trafficking!

Email Dexter Sumner with your questions or to sign up to participate at [address removed]

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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