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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter December 3, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, December 3, 2012 3:51 PM

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


NEW - Looking for an abolitionist activity to take part in this evening?

Attend a panel sponsored by the Georgetown Anti-Trafficking Committee on ending sex slavery in America at the Georgetown University Law Center. You'll hear from survivors, advocates and policymakers. Panel participants include Courtney's House founder Tina Frundt and Andria Winters, a Senate  staffer who has played a key role in the fight to the exploitation of advertisements by sex traffickers.

The sex trafficking documentary Survivor will also be screened at the event.

When: Monday, December 3, 5:45 p.m.

Where: 600 New Jersey Ave. NW; McDonough Hall, Room 200

NEW - Want to learn about the important work of a local nonprofit that works to help sex trafficking victims extract themselves from their trafficker?

Come to Virginia Stop Modern Slavery's December Meetup tomorrow evening in Falls Church to hear from Courtney's House how they provide housing and critical rehabilitation services to domestic survivors of DC's sex trafficking industry.Courtney's House will also be collecting unwrapped presents to distribute to survivors this holiday season

To see the full gift list and to RSVP, go to:

When:  Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Jason's Deli; 7505 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.


NEW - Can you please take a moment out of your busy schedule to call your Senators and urge them reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act?

The TVPRA is the the bedrock anti-human trafficking legislation in the United States. Unfortunately, partisan gridlock has prevented the bill's renewal despite broad bipartisan support and the act expired in September 2011.

Passage of S. 1301 will renew TVPRA and ensure that human-trafficking standards set in 2000 are continued. The bill would also create new programs to assist foreign governments in the investigation of questionable labor recruitment centers; encourage the posting of the National Human Trafficking hotline number; establish new programs to help minors who have survived sex trafficking; and ban the use of peacekeeping operation financial support to foreign nations that use child soldiers.

REMINDER - Do you have a moment to help a worthy nonprofit win new computers and further its critical work in aiding human trafficking survivors looking to rebuild their lives?

Vote today and every day through Christmas for the Bridge to Freedom Foundation in Toshiba's BIG REBOOT. The contest will award $10,000 technology makeovers to the six service-minded small businesses or nonprofits that win the most votes. Your critical votes can help alleviate BTFF volunteers' frustration from having to deal with poorly working or nonexistent computers.

Vote for BTFF under the Powering Good category:


REMINDER - Are you a college undergraduate looking for an internship in the anti-human trafficking policy realm?

Consider applying for the Renewal Forum's internship. From January til May/June, the selected intern will be expected to work 10-30 hours a week in this unpaid internship. One day a week will be spent in the office but the rest of the time can be spent teleworking. Responsibilities will include managing and responding to social media, analyzing state enforcement data, and writing blog posts on state trafficking laws and options for improving community effectiveness in responding to trafficking. The Renewal Forum focuses on combating the commercial sexual exploitation of minors by working with legislatures to improve relevant regulations.

For more information and to apply, email Ian Kitterman at [address removed]


REMINDER – Interested in scoring some great deals on previously owned high-end clothing while simultaneously helping local anti-human trafficking organizations?

Then jump start your holiday shopping by visiting TIP TOP Boutique in Georgetown. The Trafficking In Persons Thrift Opportunity Project is a new second-hand store and all-volunteer effort that sends 100% of revenue from sales to nonprofits such as Global Centurion Foundation and Innocents at Risk. A future ambition of the project is to provide employment to trafficking survivors as clerks and store managers.

In addition to shopping at TIP TOP Boutique, you can help the cause by donating your gently-used clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags.

Where:[masked]st St., NW

Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

For more information or to donate items, call: 703- 919- 6828

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 upto receive the weekly digest here,

If you wish to no longer receive mail from DC Stop Modern Slavery, you'll need to leave the group on To do this, go to the DC Stop Modern Slavery page, click the members tab, select "my profile," and click the "leave this Meetup Group" link. We'll miss you!



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