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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter November 27, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, November 27, 2011 9:57 PM


REMINDER - Want to participate in a discussion on the disproportionate impact modern day slavery has on women?

Come to a panel discussion hosted by Dignity for Women Worldwide this Thursday at American University. Using a gendered critical lens, speakers will address the hidden forms that contemporary slavery takes in the agricultural and fishing industries as well as in domestic servitude and forced begging.

When: Thursday, December 1, 5:30p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Where: East Quad Building Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

REMINDER - Did you attend the 2011 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk? Want to be involved in organizing another successful walk for 2012?

Come to a Walk Interest Meeting and gain a glimpse of what goes into organizing the walk as well as opportunities to get involved in the planning. By becoming a member of the Walk Team, you can make a huge difference in the anti-human trafficking movement, gain valuable skills, and make lifelong friends.

Opportunities exist on all committees including: logistics, promotions, special guests, partner outreach and sponsor outreach. A variety of commitment levels are available.

When: Monday, December 5, 7:00p.m.

Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW


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

Again this Saturday afternoon, the Hague Files and several DC area SMS members will be shooting scenes in the DMV area. No previous acting experience is required; just your energy and devotion to the issue of human trafficking! To find out exactly where the filming will be going down, email Dexter Sumner at [address removed].

When: Saturday, December 3, 2:00p.m.

See what’s been done so far!


NEW - Want to make sure your holiday gifts this year are bought from companies with slavery free supply chains?

Be a conscious consumer and download the Free2Work app (for Androids and iPhones only). You can learn how your favorite brands and products rank on anti-human trafficking abuses. Free2Work grades companies on a scale of ‘A’ to ‘F’ based on their efforts to prevent and to address forced and child labor. To download the app, go to:


NEW - Do you have a postdoc level interest in historical and/or contemporary slavery practices and wish to further your research?

Rice University is accepting applications for six yearlong faculty and postdoctoral fellows to participate in the inaugural Rice Seminar "Human Trafficking - Past and Present: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Disciplines" directed by James Sidbury and Kerry Ward. Applicants of any rank (postdoc to senior) and from all disciplines whose research interests intersect with the humanistic and social scientific study of slavery and human trafficking from the Classical era to the present are encouraged to apply.

Fellows will take part in a yearlong academic “think tank”, leading to the publication of papers in an edited collection with a major university press. A $60,000 salary with benefits and a research/relocation allowance is offered. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2012. For more information, visit:

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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