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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter December 10, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:49 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.


NEWWant to learn how you can help combat widespread human trafficking in Asia?

Join the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia for a special year-in-review event this Saturday evening in Fairfax, Va. You’ll get the chance to hear from Nina Luong, a CAMSA volunteer newly returned from her abolitionist work in Malaysia. A trafficking survivor will also relate her personal experiences and CAMSA co-founder Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang will give an overview of the organization’s work and strategies.

There will also be food and entertainment. This event is free of charge but donations are welcome!

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 5:00 p.m.

Where: Columbia College; 8300 Merrifield Ave., Fairfax, Va. (metro accessible via Dunn Loring Metro Station).

RSVP as soon as possible to [address removed]


REMINDER - 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 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:


NEW - Are you a college student on the lookout for a spring internship in the anti-trafficking sector?

Consider joining Shared Hope International – a nonprofit that works to eradicate sex trading through prevention, restoration, and legislative action.

Program interns are typically undergraduate students looking to make a difference and expand their understanding of sex trafficking, sex tourism, grassroots activism and policy reform. Internships are unpaid (though a travel stipend is available) and come with a 15-30 hour weekly time commitment.  Internship areas include awareness raising, research, program development, and public policy. For more information or to apply, contact Renee Blair 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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