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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter September 23, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, September 23, 2012 9:04 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.


IMPORTANT – Have you signed up yet for next month’s Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall?

Yes. Awesome! Your involvement in DC SMS’ biggest annual fundraiser is enormously appreciated!

No?! What’s stopping you? Every dollar raised through the walk will goto critical anti-human trafficking efforts organized by DC SMS and its 2012 walk partners.

You can register to take part in the walk -- happening Sept. 29. -- by visiting:

NEW – Can you make one final pre-event before the Walk on Saturday?

Join DC Stop Modern Slavery and Shared Hope International this Wednesday at George Washington University for a film screening and discussion of Demand. The documentary exposes the complicated business models behind global tourism and sex trafficking, revealing the buyers that fuel demand, the traffickers who supply the victims, and the facilitators that feed the market.

You will also have the opportunity, if you haven't already, to register for the Walk!

When: Wednesday, September 26, 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Where: GWU Media & Public Affairs Building; Room B02;[masked]st St., NW


NEW – Can you make it out to Baltimore to see a special viewing of a kickass new documentary?

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s bestselling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide has been made into a documentary that focuses on such global issues as gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and sex trafficking. The film will be airing on PBS early next month, but DC SMS members have an opportunity to attend a special outdoor pre-screening this Thursdayorganized by The Samaritan Women.

Come early and shop the fair trade vendor show. Bring a chair or a blanket to spread out on the lawn for the screening. Check out the trailer ahead of time here:

The event is free with a suggested minimum donation of $5 to support Maryland human trafficking victims. For more information, contact Judy Colligan at [address removed] or Melissa Yao at [address removed].

When: Thursday, Sept. 27; 5:30 p.m. information booths and fair trade vendors open; 6:45 screening begins

Where: The Samaritan Women, 602 S. Chapel Gate Lane, Baltimore, MD 21229

REMINDER – Want to imbibe some tasty cocktails while alsosupporting the worthy efforts of nonprofit that works with survivors of sex trafficking in Southeast Asia?

Join the Capital City Ball on this Thursday for a cocktail reception benefiting Urban Light at the L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Urban Light is a youth-focused organization committed to rebuilding and restoring the lives of boys who are the survivors of child prostitution and sexploitation in Thailand.

When: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: L2 Lounge; 3315 Cady's Alley NW

Suggested donation: $15 at the door

REMINDER – Interested in enjoying an evening of music, fine wine, and art while also raising funds for human trafficking survivors.

Sign up to attend Soroptimist International of Woodbridge’s Third Annual Gala Art Auction. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships and to benefit survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

Music will be provided by the Beau Soir Ensemble and wine tasting byRiger’s Ford Winery. There will also be a Hors d’oeuvres buffet, a silent auction and a raffle.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Westminster of Lake Ridge; 12191 Clipper Drive, Woodbridge, Va.

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

To order, call (703)[masked] or (703)[masked]


Reminder -- Global Centurion is accepting nominations for jus one more week for their annual Norma Hotaling Awards.

Three awards will be presented to activists who have continued Norma Hotalings inspiring life’s work -- fighting to end human trafficking.  Winners will be honored at a reception in early December and receive $5,000 to aid in their efforts.

For more information and nomination materials, visit:


REMINDER – Do you have a technical understanding of how to develop smart-phone apps? Want to help design an app to support our abolitionist community?

Talented and creative volunteers are needed to assist with thebeginning stages of a smart-phone app based around a calendar of anti-trafficking events happening in cities near you. If this sounds like you, please send a short email about how you learned to develop phone apps to [address removed].

REMINDER Can you volunteer the day of the DC SMS Walk?

We need HELP on Saturday, Sept. 29 in a number of key areasincluding registration, setup and break-down, the resource fair, and the children’s area. Volunteers will receive 50 percent off their walk registration fee (excluding student registration), a T-shirt, refreshments and the chance to network with abolitionists from across the region. No knowledge/experience required.

We are also in need of a few First Aid-certified volunteers to staff the First Aid tent. Two shifts are available: 11:30am-2:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. You are welcome to sign up for one or both shifts.

To sign up as a volunteer for any of these positions, please email Anna at: [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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