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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter January 22, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, January 22, 2012 8:12 PM


NEW - Want go get involved in organizing this year’s Annual SMS Walk?

Come to a Walk Interest Meeting this Thursday evening at Mad Hatter in Dupont Circle. The meeting will give you an understanding of what goes into planning the walk -- by far DC SMS’ biggest event of the year. Members of the 2011 Walk team will be on hand to discuss their experiences and leaders from the 2012 Walk team will share their vision and help you decide what role best fits your interests.

A variety of commitment levels are available in the following areas: logistics, communications/public relations, partnership and development.

When: Thursday, January 26, 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW



NEW - Looking for a good introductory lesson on the basics of modern-day slavery?

Come to a panel this Saturday morning in nearby Eldersburg, Maryland with some of the foremost specialists in the human trafficking field including representatives from Courtney’s House, Polaris Project, Samaritan Women, the Homeland Security Department and local law enforcement agencies.

When: Saturday, January 28, 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Where: Wesley Freedom UMC, 961 Johnsville Rd., Eldersburg, Md.

For more information, call[masked]


NEW - Can you join fellow abolitionists for a day of data entry that will aid in the fight against forced labor practices in India?

Free the Slaves is looking for volunteers in the DC metro area to take part in another day of entering survey data on debt bondage practices collected from local NGO partners in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar -- two regions in India where slavery rates are extremely high.

This Saturday, volunteers will gather at Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office to input the latest batch of survey statistics on which types of programs contribute most to a sustainable decrease in slavery.

A pizza lunch will be provided. As the number of available FTS computers is limited, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

When: Saturday January 28, 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. (If you can’t make it for the whole day, any time you can contribute is appreciated.)

Where: Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office (directions will be provided)

Sign up by e-mailing [address removed] with your name, e-mail address, phone number and time availability.


NEW - Live in Northern Virginia? Want to get involved with the Stop Modern Slavery community but live too far away to make the DC Meetups?

Then join the Virginia - Stop Modern Slavery Meetup! Newbies and members alike are invited to gather at Northside Social Coffee & Wine in Arlington next Wednesday evening to discuss and plan how VA SMS can play a key role in the fight against human trafficking.

When: Wednesday, February 1, 7:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Where: Northside Social Coffee & Wine, 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.



NEW - Ever wondered how someone calculates the monetary worth of a human being?

Come to DC Stop Modern Slavery’s first full member meeting of 2012 where this and other questions will be answered such as does having slaves in a product supply chain increase or decrease production costs.

We will be gathering at Mad Hatter on February 7 for a discussion that will examine the modern-day slave trade as a business as well as what we as abolitionists can do to make the business of human trafficking an unprofitable one.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 6:30p.m. for drinks and socializing; 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. for program

Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave, NW




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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