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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter July 16, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, July 16, 2012 10:25 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.


NEW – Do you have tomorrow morning free? Want to hear actress Jada Pinkett Smith testify before the Senate on the future of human trafficking?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for a session examining “The Next Ten Years in the Fight Against Human Trafficking:Attacking the Problem with the Right Tools.” In addition to Pinkett Smith, an advocate on behalf of the organization Don’t Sell Bodies, expert witnesses testifying include Humanity United Vice President David Abramowitz, and International Justice Mission Vice President Holly Burkhalter.

When: Tuesday, July 17, 9:30a.m.

Where: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216

NEW – Looking to quench your thirst with a cool brew or cocktail while also supporting a worthy cause?

Join Polaris Project for a happy hour fundraiser next Wednesday at Madhatter in Dupont Circle where your $10 donation at the door gets you extended happy hour specials. Accessories made by trafficking survivors will be on sale during the happy hour with the proceeds returned to the artist. Donations will also be accepted of new women and men’s underwear, new or gently bras, and new or gently usedprofessional footwear.

When: Wednesday, July 25, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW

Donation: minimum of $10

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NEW – Want to help a DC SMS Walk partner raise funds to support efforts to combat child trafficking?

Come to Cocktails for Charity next Thursday evening at George. In return for your $30 donation, you can enjoy an open bar, free hor d’ouevres, a DJ and dancing!

Proceeds from the event will be used to support Innocents at Risk’seducational outreach programs to churches, organizations, schools and embassies as well as their training of airline personnel in how torecognize the signs of a trafficked child.

When: Thursday, July 26, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: George, 3251 Prospect St. NW

Tickets: $30

Questions: [address removed]


NEW – Are you looking to make a real impact in the global fight against the modern-day slave trade?

Consider volunteering with the Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which provides resources to human trafficking survivors aimed at helping them to build a sustainable livelihood. The nonprofit is currently accepting applications for fall interns and has a number of volunteer positions open including assisting with grant writing, graphic design, website development, fundraising, and event organizing. Check them out at:


NEW – Have you noticed the way prominent news organizationsfrequently refer to sex-trafficked minors as “teen prostitutes” or “child prostitutes”? Are you sick of this misleading and highly inappropriate characterization?

You can sign this petition by DC SMS member Ed Drain ( ) to Reuters, demanding the news company change its publishing guideliens to no longer refer to victims of sex trafficking as prostitutes. For a thoughtful analysis on how such labeling by the media distorts public understanding about sex trafficking and further victimizes the trafficked, check out survivor Holly Austin Smith’s recent essay on the matter:


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 - 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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