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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter August 1, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:28 PM

DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter August 1, 2011


NEW - Want to take your anti-trafficking efforts with SMS to the next level through policy advocacy work?

Join the SMS Advocacy and Policy Team for a brainstorming session this Thursday evening. We will be discussing several potential initiatives to take on as a group. They include but are not limited to: lobbying the DC City Council to adopt an ordinance requiring the anti-trafficking hotline to be posted throughout the district; lobbying nearby Maryland cities to pass an ordinance that would make it more difficult for massage parlors to operate within their jurisdictions; volunteering for a Polaris Project research effort involving the tallying of sex-trafficking ads.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own anti-trafficking initiative ideas to the meeting. What team actions we decide to take on will be based on group enthusiasm. We could choose to take on 1, 2, or more ideas depending on level of interest.

When: Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm

Where: Panera Bread basement, Dupont Circle, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW

RSVP by emailing Rachel at [address removed]

NEW - Ready for a one-of-a-kind SMS Meetup involving drums, dancing and lounging around on the grass?

Mark your calendar for Aug. 28 when we’ll be meeting at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Each Sunday afternoon, the park plays host to a diverse gathering of drummers, dancers, picknickers, yogis, soccer players, jugglers, readers and others.

SMS members will be joining the joyful chaos to promote/get pumped for the annual Stop Modern Slavery Walk and can be found close to the music UNDER AN AQUA UMBRELLA. Please bring friends, snacks for sharing, blankets, balls, Frisbees, etc.

When: Sunday, August. 28, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Where: Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (park entrances at Euclid or Kalorama from the direction of Columbia Heights Station) or 15th or 16th St. NW (from the direction of U Street)



REMINDER - Frustrated by the lack of real-world instruction U.S. school children receive about the reality of human trafficking in the 21st Century? Dissatisfied with the quality of information leading U.S. textbook publishers give to the subject?

Consider signing’s petition urging prominent U.S. textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. to amend their history books and online materials to recognize that slavery did not end in 1865 in the United States with the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.

As Courtney’s House Founder Tinda Frundt wrote recently in the Huffington Post, “Kids and teens need comprehensive education about slavery so they can make informed decisions to protect themselves and their peers against would-be exploiters. That education starts with modern-day slavery in textbooks, but also includes the age-appropriate material in curriculum and education for parents.”

To learn more and to sign the petition, visit:

REMINDER - Interested in federal efforts to combat sex trafficking and forced labor in the United States and abroad? Are you a resident of either Maryland or Virginia?

Send your senators a message that you support reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act -- the 2000 landmark bill that made human trafficking a federal crime, created agencies and task forces to address both its domestic and international elements, defined the strict penalties traffickers face and established the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

A bill to renew the TVPA for the fourth time has been introduced into the Senate with strong bipartisan support. By signing the petition, you’ll be sending a direct message to your senators encouraging them to add their names to the bill as co-sponsors -- giving the bill a greater chance of a smooth congressional renewal process.

With deficit hawks on the lookout for federal programs to prune back, now is not the time to rest on our haunches and take for granted the TVPA’s reauthorization. Sign the petition now, at: For more information on what the TVPA does and the improvements that are included in the reauthorization legislation, see:


NEW - Do you have a yearning to work with a faith-based group doing important work with survivors of sex-trafficking in the developing world? Are you an undergraduate or graduate student working toward a degree in marketing, public relations or communications?

Tiny Hands International - a Christian nonprofit organization - is seeking eight college interns to plan and implement communications and social media strategies aimed at raising THI’s profile and growing its constituency. Intern responsibilities include working with THI staff to encourage best practices in communications content development; potential to write press releases and blog posts on THI activities and concerns; manage, troubleshoot and resolve task-oriented IT issues.

The internship will be done through telecommuting and will last for a time period between August and December. The deadline to apply is August 20. If interested, send resume (cover letter is not necessary) to THI Communications Coordinator Jenna Hudlow at [address removed] and fill out this online form at

REMINDER - Have a professional background in international development, community work or conflict resolution? Excited about the prospect of traveling to West Africa once or twice a year?

Free the Slaves is searching for a new program manager to work with local NGO partners in Ghana that are striving to eradicate slavery in the West African state. The position is based from Free the Slaves’ DC office and is part-time with the potential to grow to full-time.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing relationships with grassroots partners in Ghana that are involved in anti-trafficking efforts in the country’s informal gold mining sector; actively assisting local partners to research, develop, and implement strategies for ex-slaves to run their own small-scale mining leases; coordinating with staff and consultants on efforts to develop and implement a new child rights initiative in the unregulated mining industry; collaborating with Ghana-based NGOs who are tackling child slavery in the fishing industry at Lake Volta; managing budgets related to FTS’ Ghana program efforts.

To read the full job description and to apply, visit: or

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm, August 9.

REMINDER - Live in Virginia? Passionate about the fight against modern-day slavery and interested in honing your leadership skills?

Apply to be the organizer of VA Stop Modern Slavery. Responsibilities include organizing Meetup events in the Alexandria area as well as motivating and directing local energy in support of anti-trafficking campaigns. Applicants should e-mail current VA SMS organizer Julie Keany at [address removed] to express their interest.

REMINDER - Love event planning? Have ideas for DC SMS Meetup locations, speakers, or activities?

As DC Stop Modern Slavery is a community group, we all have the opportunity to shape our gatherings. If you have a knack for event planning and/or have ideas for meetup locations, speakers, or activities, please email [address removed].


REMINDER - Have you heard about the New Underground Railroad?

It’s a web-based portal where anti-trafficking activists across the globe can link up to share information about campaigns, one-time events, important legislation, internships and job positions. Create your own FREE account with End Slavery Now -- the world’s largest database of volunteers, organizations, facilities and service professionals fighting to stop modern day slavery.

To sign up, visit

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,

Thanks to those who provided submissions. Future submissions and any feedback on how this newsletter can be improved should be sent to [address removed].

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