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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter April 29, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:08 PM

If you’d like to see your anti-human trafficking news or event promoted in the newsletter, send all information to [address removed] no later than Saturday afternoon.

GET OUT THERE

NEWWant to learn about the legal and compliance mechanisms that are being used to combat forced labor?

Attend a daylong conference sponsored by the International Stability Operations Association on Tuesday. Speakers include State Department Ambassador Louis CdeBaca and investigative journalist Benjamin Skinner, author of “A Crime So Monstrous.”

While sex trafficking has been the focus of many anti-trafficking efforts, the ISOA seminar will focus on non-sexual labor trafficking. The goal of the program is to encourage new ideas for supplementing current anti-labor trafficking measures. Attendees will be given an overview of the current landscape, learn about the profit incentives for engaging in labor trafficking, and hear about tactics that have been used to effectively exploit weaknesses in trafficker operations.

When: Tuesday, May 1; 8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.

Where: Whittemore House; 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Cost: General Admission $90.00; ISOA members, students/academics $70.00; NGO, government and military please contact ISOA.

RSVPhttp://bit.ly/HTA4uO

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IMPORTANT Did you know there is a strong link between human trafficking and environmentally destructive resource extraction processes?

You can learn more about the connections between environmental degradation and the human slave trade by coming to DC SMS’ May Meetup next Monday evening at George Washington University with Free the Slaves President and book author Kevin Bales. You’ll learn about such destructive practices as the use of involuntary labor in the Congo to hack away at hilltops in order to expose the valuable coltan pebbles that make their way into our cell phones and laptops.

When: Monday, May 7; 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Ellliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; 1957 E St. NW

RSVPhttp://bit.ly/Ii5NoL

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MOBILIZE

REMINDERDo you have what it takes to launch a Change.org petition aimed squarely at the abusive labor trafficking practices of foreign-chartered vessels fishing in New Zealand waters?

Earlier this year, Bloomberg Businessweek published a blockbuster expose that detailed the all-too-common practice of Indonesian workers being deceived by recruitment agencies into signing exploitative contracts to work on fishing boats where they are subjected to coercion and abuse that can include physical beatings, sexual assault, wage withholding, unreasonable and dangerous work hours, the refusal of medical care and threats of retribution should they attempt to report the abuse. Some of the fish and squid caught by coerced labor in waters near New Zealand ends up on American dinner tables.

You can read the expose here: http://bloom.bg/A4r1HX

If you’re interested in getting a petition started but want some help in crafting it, e-mail your interest to [address removed]

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OTHER

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 http://bit.ly/bTEvz1

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REMINDER - Imagine [yourname]@stopmodernslavery.org. 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]

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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, http://bit.ly/hPYzFd.

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