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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter January 2, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, January 2, 2012 11:05 PM


NEW - Can you join fellow abolitionists for a day of data entry that will aid in the fight against forced labor practices in India?

Free the Slaves is looking for volunteers in the DC metro area to take part in another day of entering survey data on debt bondage practices collected from local NGO partners in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar -- two regions in India where slavery rates are extremely high.

This Saturday and next Saturday, volunteers will gather at Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office to input the latest batch of survey statistics on which types of programs help lead to a sustainable decrease in slavery in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A pizza lunch will be provided. As the number of available FTS computers is limited, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

When: Saturday, January 7 and Saturday January 14, 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. (If you can’t make it for the whole day, any time you can contribute is appreciated.)

Where: Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office (directions will be provided)

Sign up by e-mailing [address removed] with your name, e-mail address, phone number and time availability.

NEW - Want to hear a trafficking survivor discuss how she turned around her experiences in forced prostitution to fight for justice and restorative services for other victims?

Come to Ebenezers Coffeehouse next Monday for an evening of praise, worship and prayer followed by an open discussion with Lisa Williams, a trafficking survivor and the founder of Living Water for Girls in Georgia. Williams will also be signing copies of her book, Beautiful Layers: Stories From Those Who Survived the Life of Prostitution and Child Sexual Exploitation.

Attendees of this free dinner reception organized by the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking and the National Community Church will also learn about opportunities to help locally and internationally in the fight against modern-day slavery.

When: Monday, January 9, 2012; 6:00p.m.- 8:00p.m.

Where: Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE

RSVP: e-mail [address removed] and provide the following: your name, organization or church affiliation, e-mail address, phone number and date of the event.

NEW - Are you committed to ending violence against women?

Consider taking your activism to the next level by attending next month’s Second World Conference of Women’s Shelters in nearby Maryland. The conference will bring together shelter advocates and grassroots activists working to end violence against women that can lead to sexual exploitation and other human rights abuses.

Participants will discuss how they can support and learn from each other. WCWS is a peer-to-peer conference, geared toward individuals who work on violence against women issues, specifically employees or volunteers of programs that support or provide services, resources or shelter for victims. The conference will also address broader issues, such as technology, economics, and the law, as it relates to violence against women.

When: Monday, February 27 - Thursday, March 1, 2012

Where: Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland

Registration and more information are available at


NEW - On Facebook? Twitter? How about LinkedIn?

End Slavery Now needs your help spreading the word about the reality of modern-day slavery. By liking their Facebook page ( ) and encouraging your friends to do so as well so you can help build public awareness about human trafficking. You can also follow @EndSlaveryNow on Twitter to track and re-tweet the latest in anti-trafficking developments and events.



NEW - Are you looking to deepen your involvement in the New Year in the global fight against modern-day slavery?

Consider joining the Coalition to Abolish Modern Day Slavery in Asia, which works to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia. CAMSA is the result of joint efforts by BPSOS (formerly Boat People SOS), the International Society for Human Rights, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation and the U.S. Committee to Protect Vietnamese Workers.

CAMSA wishes to establish a DC/Virginia chapter that would focus its efforts around fundraising and public awareness campaigns. To get involved, please send your resume and a brief letter detailing your interest to [address removed] and [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.

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