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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter January 29, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, January 29, 2012 6:59 PM


REMINDER - 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 this 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.



IMPORTANT - 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 in Dupont Circle 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



NEW - Planning on buying some chocolate this Valentine’s Day for your special sweetie?

WAIT! Before you do, we suggest you come to a documentary screening for a film that exposes the dark side behind much of the chocolate that we consume.

Join us on Sunday, February 12 for a viewing of The Dark Side of Chocolate followed by a discussion about our roles as consumers in the human trafficking industry. Audience members can also choose to take part in a number of action items aimed at ending the exploitation of children in the cocoa fields.

When: Sunday, February 12, 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Where: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW



NEW - Ready to stretch your legs for a great cause?

By signing up to participate in this year’s Run/Walk for Freedom 5K, you’ll be helping to raise funds and awareness for Bridge to Freedom Foundation’s mission of helping survivors of human trafficking acquire the work skills and resources they need to permanently break free of the cycle of modern-day slavery.

You have some time to register -- the walk isn’t until Saturday, April 28 -- but runners who sign up before February 29 pay only $25.

When: Saturday, April 28, 8:00a.m.

Where: East Potomac Park Golf Course 972 Ohio Drive SW



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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