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DC Stop Modern Slavery July Meeting

From: Ray L.
Sent on: Monday, July 13, 2009 11:22 PM
DC Stop Modern Slavery General Meeting
Thursday, July 16th, 7-9 pm
Ellington Apts., Entertainment Room
1301 U ST NW, Washington, DC 20009

This meeting is an open forum for those interested in the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking to learn, discuss, and engage.

Please let us know if you're coming by entering your RSVP here:

7:00 - 7:15 Introductions, Review Agenda
7:15 - 8:00 Guest Speaker: Lourdes Martinez, Esq., Staff Attorney, Tahirih
8:00 - 8:10 Break
8:10 - 8:25 Update On September Walk
8:25 - 8:50 Update On Other SMS Activities
8:30 - 9:00 News And Announcements

Ms. Lourdes Martinez will speak about her work at Tahirih to help and protect immigrant women and girls who are survivors of trafficking.

If you'll be joining us for the first time, we encourage you to come 15 minutes early so we can greet you, tell you a bit about our group and answer any questions you may have.

About The Tahirih Justice Center:
The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Tahirih?s innovative and comprehensive approach leverages pro bono resources to provide a combination of legal services, advocacy, and public education programs. Through this coordinated effort, Tahirih seeks to ensure the protection and safety of its clients, as well as their long-term well-being by raising their voices in the public policy arena, informing the public of the unique challenges immigrant survivors of violence face, and, ultimately, creating lasting legal and social change.

About Our Guest Speaker
Ms. Martinez obtained her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Rice University in Houston, Texas and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. As a student attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic at George Washington University, she collaborated with Jamaicans for Justice to write a petition for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of a victim of an extrajudicial killing in Kingston, Jamaica. While in law school, she worked at the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she helped to prepare cases involving ?feminicides? in Chihuahua, Mexico to be filed with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She also worked with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, assisting in the representation of immigrant detainees, and with the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC, directly representing criminal defendants before the U.S. Parole Commission and drafting briefs for criminal court. Ms. Martinez was awarded the J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public interest law.

Meeting Location:
This meeting will be in the entertainment room of The Ellington Apartments. The Ellington is located at 1301 U St. NW, WDC 20009 (on U St. between 13th & 14th), one block from the "U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial" Metro Station (Green & Yellow Line). The entrance is next to a Maggie Moos.

When you arrive, tell the front desk person that you are there for the DC Stop Modern Slavery Group meeting. The entertainment room is the first left after the first floor elevators. If you need to, you can give the front desk Ray Lian's name and apartment number 622.

If you need to speak with an organizer before this event, please email us at [address removed].

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