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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter November 14, 2011

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:59 AM


IMPORTANT - Are you ready for another inspiring and educational DC Stop Modern Slavery Meetup?

Well we’ve got one coming right up for you tomorrow evening! All local modern day abolitionists are encouraged to gather at the Institute for Policy Studies. Our guest speaker for the evening, Tiffany Williams, is the advocacy director of Break the Chain Campaign, national coordinator for Freedom Network USA, and a consultant at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

You can also knock out some of that holiday shopping by checking out the survivor-made products available for sale by RIJI Green.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00p.m.

Where: Institute for Policy Studies,[masked]th St. NW (Someone will be at the door to let you in from 6:30p.m. -7:15p.m. After that, an on-call number will be posted and someone can come down to let you in.)


REMINDER - Do you have a few free hours tomorrow morning to participate in a free webinar on best practices for combating child trafficking?

The Harvard Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, together with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking will bring together a panel of experts from nongovernmental organizations, the business sector and academia to share their thoughts on best practices for fighting the trafficking of children.

UNICEF child protection specialist Susu Thatun will share UNICEF’s perspective on service provision to children; The Body Shop International Campaigns Director Christopher Davis will provide insights into the role private companies can take in combating the crime; and International Labor Organization senior specialist Hans van de Glind will touch on the viewpoints of major labor organizations. There will be time for Q&A following panelists’ presentations.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

Where: Online


NEW - Want to learn about the latest evaluation research on the effectiveness of various anti-trafficking programs?

Come to a morning breakfast forum organized by the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center this Friday on Capitol Hill.

Thanks to a State Department grant, the Justice Policy Center was able to analyze four anti-trafficking initiatives in East Asia and Africa in order to gage their readiness for an impact evaluation. Key takeaways from this study as well as other evaluation assessments from Brazil and Cambodia will be shared at the forum, which will feature Justice Policy Center research associates and a representative from the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

When: Friday, November 18, 8:30a.m. - 10:00a.m. (light breakfast at 8:00a.m.)

Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 122, near Independence Avenue and 1st St, SE


NEW - Want to be an extra or narrator for a local film project highlighting human trafficking?

Again this Saturday afternoon, the Hague Files and several DC area SMS members will be shooting extra scenes at Gallery Place/Chinatown for the film and accompanying promo trailer. No previous acting experience is required; just your energy and devotion to the issue of human trafficking!

When: Saturday, November 19, 3:30p.m.

Where: Gallery Place/Chinatown

Get involved by emailing Dexter Sumner at [address removed]

REMINDER - Are you looking for a worthy excuse to break out your fanciest duds and dance the night away?

Then come to this year’s Capital City Ball on Saturday at the fabulous and historic Washington Club. Beneficiaries of this year’s ball include a number of well-known DC-based anti-trafficking and human rights groups including Courtney’s House and Bridge to Freedom Foundation.

There will be live music provided by Bittersweet, an eleven-piece, high-energy dance band, plenty of hors d'oeuvres, assorted desserts, an open bar and a silent auction.

When: Saturday, November 19, 8:00p.m. - 1:00a.m.

Where: The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle, NW

Dress: Black tie formal

Tickets: Advocate level: $125 for a limited time; Angel level: $250; Tables are also available. To purchase your tickets, go to:

NEW - Do you love avant-garde multimedia performances? How about ones dedicated to shining the light on modern day slavery?

ArtWorks for Freedom invites you to a world premiere collaboration between choreographer Christopher K. Morgan, composer Ignacio Alcover and photographer Kay Chernush called “In Plain Sight” that combines images and dance with original music.

There will be four performances of “In Plain Sight” from November 18-20 as part of the broader “Reveal” show -- an evening of dances organized to celebrate the opening of CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in Bethesda.

When: Friday, November 18 at 8:15p.m.; Saturday, November 19 at 8:15p.m.; Sunday, November 20 at 3:00p.m. and 7:00p.m.

Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, Studio 405 in the Education Wing; 5301 Tuckerman Lane North, Bethesda, MD.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here:


REMINDER - Do you have extra personal care items lying around that you know you’ll never use?

Consider donating them to survivors of human trafficking. Bridge to Freedom Foundation is currently collecting new personal care items including beauty and nutritional products. BTFF is also in need of retail gift certificates that can be used by survivors to purchase badly needed clothing. If you have any of these items available for donation, please email [address removed].


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 - Imagine [yourname] Have a nice ring to it?

Regardless of the extent of your involvement with DC Stop Modern Slavery, you can get a Stop Modern Slavery email address. These addresses are most useful when working on Stop Modern Slavery projects but they also simply indicate your involvement with this movement. You can even link your Stop Modern Slavery address to another address so you only have to check one inbox. If interested, please email [address removed].

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,

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