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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter March 25, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:29 PM


NEW – Want to hear the founder of GEMS share her own experiences with sex trafficking as well as her efforts to ensure that other girls are not subjected to the same awful fate?

Come hear author Rachel Lloyd read from her book, Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself next Wednesday evening at the Busboys and Poets in nearby Hyattsville.

Lloyd candidly tells the story of her own ordeal as a sexually exploited girl and of her efforts through the organization she founded, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), to draw public awareness to the largely misunderstood contagion of child trafficking in the United States. Lloyd will be signing copies of her book, which can be purchased at the Art Under Pressure store in Hyattsville.

When: 6:30p.m., Wednesday April 4

Where: Busboys and Poets’ Zinn Room, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.
REMINDER - Have you visited President Lincoln’s Cottage recently?

If you haven’t or never have, now is a great time to check out our sixteenth president’s family residence during the Civil War. For the next year-and-a-half the cottage will be hosting a FREE exhibit on modern-day slavery. “Can You Walk Away?” uses powerful imagery, video footage and compelling statistics to inspire people to consider Lincoln's ideas about slavery, discover the harsh reality of slavery today, and take direct action to help eliminate this problem.

President Lincoln's Cottage is the authentic resource for understanding Lincoln's perspective on slavery and his development of the Emancipation Proclamation and this exhibit connects his bold and courageous ideas with the modern abolitionist movement.

When: now through August 2013; Monday through Saturday - 9:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.; Sunday - 10:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage in the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd. NW and Upshur St. NW


REMINDER – Does supporting an organization whose mission is to aid in the rescue, sheltering, and rehabilitation of trafficked women and children in Southeast Asia sound like something you want to be a part of?

The Somaly Mam Foundation has just added a DC volunteer platform to their network – Project Futures DC. You can learn about opportunities to get involved with Project Futures by “Liking” their Facebook page at:

The foundation envisions a world where women and children are safe from slavery. Their mission is to give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, to liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.

NEW – How would you like to help out a new nonprofit that is dedicated to harnessing the power of art to drive action against modern-day slavery?

ArtWorks for Freedom is in need of two unpaid interns. The social media intern should have good writing and organizational skills and be ready to harness a variety of Web media platforms to promote the work of the organization. The administrative intern will be in charge of handling communications with collaborating artists, filmmakers, and event organizers; keeping track of program expenditures; possibly doing some grant research; and assisting with other tasks as they arise.

To learn more about ArtWorks for Freedom, check out their website at:

If you’re interested in interning with ArtWorks, contact lead artist Kay Chernush at [address removed] or (703) 528-1195.
REMINDER – Can you contribute a few hours of your time next month to promote and facilitate Bridge to Freedom Foundation’s Annual Race for Freedom 5K?

Volunteers are needed next Sunday, April 1, to pass out event flyers to Cherry Blossom Festival attendees and then on the day of the race, Saturday, April 28, to help set up, sign in participants, snap photos, and cheer on race runners and walkers.

If you are available to volunteer on either of these days, e-mail [address removed]

Bridge to Freedom Foundation is dedicated to helping human trafficking survivors acquire the skills and resources they need to permanently escape the cycle of modern-day slavery and abuse while building a sustainable livelihood.


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 - Yearning for a deeper knowledge about sex slavery, child labor, and forced labor?

Check out Human Trafficking Search. This web-based clearinghouse contains in excess of 250,000 informational entries on human trafficking from over 120 countries. This is a great resource for policy advisors, law enforcement, direct service providers, researchers, educators, students, and community activists. At Human Trafficking Search, you will find regularly updated government and non-profit reports, research studies, case studies and congressional testimony; trainings for professionals made available to the general public; and information that not even Google can dig up.

Check it out at:
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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