DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter January 28, 2013

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, January 28, 2013 8:45 PM

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NEW – Are you caught up on the many ways that enforcement of immigration law intersects with the struggle against human trafficking?

Georgetown University and Deloitte are hosting a symposium around the topic this Wednesday. The theme of the event, “Transforming the Coalition,” is aimed at bringing together government, academics, advocates, and private business in order to reengineer the fight against modern-day slavery.

Featured speakers include Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Academy Award-winning actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30: a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Where: Georgetown University, Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium; 37th and O St. NW

For more info and to RSVPhttp://bit.ly/VjPBul

NEW – Do you want to learn about efforts to end modern-day slavery in Maryland from state lawmakers?

Come to a special forum at the State House in Annapolis next Tuesday where you’ll get the opportunity to hear fromMaryland Senators Douglas Peters and Jennie Forehand. Other speakers in this morning-long event include Capt. Ronald Dickens, assistant commander of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; and Robert Dixon, director of the U.S. Labor Department’s Program Fraud Division.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Miller Senate Office Building, West Conference Room; 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Md.

Registration: send your name, phone #, affiliation, e-mail, and mailing address to Evelyn Boulware [address removed] Signups must be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 1

NEW – Ready for the first DC Stop Modern Slavery Meetup of 2013?

Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb. 11 when we’ll be hearing from sex trafficking survivor-turned-activist Barbara Amaya, who uses her column with The Washington Times to shine a spotlight on the dark underbelly of the commercial sex trade. Amaya is also involved in campaigns to get important anti-trafficking legislation passed in Virginia and other states. She has a book in progress, A Girl’s Guide to Survival: Life Lessons from the Street.

When: Monday, Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Conn. Ave, NW (Dupont Circle)


REMINDER Do you like dancing? What about dancing in public? What about dancing in public as part of a coordinated action campaign to spark public dialogue about the kind of global RAPE CULTURE that encourages the continued sex trafficking of women?

If this fits you, come out on Valentine’s Day afternoon for DC Rising -- a 1,000+ person dance party in Farragut Square.

Eve Ensler (creator of the Vagina Monologues) is asking that one billion people rise on February 14 and go on a global strikeby refusing to accept violence against women and girls as a given. So let’s show our power in numbers and rise for those who can't.  Check out this hair-raising trailer for One Billion Rising: http://bit.ly/Qc4JLm)

When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Where: Farragut Square, 17th St. NW

RSVP:  http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/startarising/jwg



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, http://bit.ly/hPYzFd.

Also, if you’re in the market for a new tote or messenger bagthen you should DEFINITELY check out the bags sold by RIJI Green. All bags are made by trafficking survivors and come emblazoned with powerful anti-slavery messages on them that are great conversation openers and tools for spreading public awareness. Shop for your fair trade and slave-free stylish bags at www.RIJIgreen.com

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