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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter March 4, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:26 PM


IMPORTANT - Don’t forget -- DC SMS’s monthly membership-wide meeting will be this Tuesday.

If you were able to register for one of the 50 available spots for the Meetup, which will examine the phenomenon of the “traveling sales crews” that sell candy by Metro stations, please be sure to attend. If your plans have changed and you will not be able to make Tuesday’s Meetup, please change your reservation so we can move someone else off the waiting list!

When: Tuesday, March 6, drinks and socializing at 6:30p.m.; program runs from 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Where: MadHatter, Conference Room, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW



NEW - How much do you know about the human trafficking situation in Myanmar?

With the military junta that has ruled Myanmar for decades finally beginning to accede to international demands to improve human rights conditions, there may soon be opportunities for anti-trafficking advocates to effect positive change inside the country. But first we must educate ourselves about this formerly isolated nation. They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Iron Curtain is a documentary by Bob Liederman that examines the Southeast Asian country’s incredible ethnic diversity as well as its many challenges such as forced labor, child trafficking, and subsistence wages.

You can attend a special screening of the documentary tomorrow night at the E Street Cinema near Metro Center. Liederman will be on hand at the cinema bar from 6:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. for a small audience Q&A. This event is expected to sell out so buy your tickets fast!

When: Monday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.

Where: E Street Cinema,[masked]th St, NW

Tickets: $11; purchase them here ( ) or at the ticket office

REMINDER - How does an afternoon of yoga, salutations, meditation, awareness and love -- all aimed at combating modern day slavery sound to you?

Join Odanadi US this coming Saturday for their annual Yoga Stops Traffick ( ) at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. Bring your yoga mat and prepare to be entertained and enthralled by spoken word artists Jenny Lares and Michelle Myers and to groove out to the sounds of Rooftop Pursuit.

When: Saturday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: BloomBars,[masked]th St. NW

Suggested donation: $10

Questions: e-mail [address removed]

REMINDER - Looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Want to support an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls everywhere?

Come to Soroptimist International’s 2012 Annual Spring Fashion Show -- a themed fundraiser that includes a full dinner, fashion show by Draper’s & Damons, optional wine tasting, entertainment and shopping. Proceeds will benefit the Women's Opportunity Award scholarship program.

Soroptimist International is an organization for professional women who contribute time and financial support to both local and international projects that improve the lives of women and girls. Their Soroptimists STOP Trafficking project raises awareness about the sexual trafficking of women and girls.

When: Saturday, March 17, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Where: Westminster of Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive Lake Ridge, Va.

Tickets: $35 in advance. Checks should be made out to “SIOW” and mailed to P.O. Box 6030 Woodbridge, VA 22195. Tickets can be mailed to you or held at the door according to preference.

Questions: Call (571)[masked]

NEW - Have you visited President Lincoln’s Cottage recently?

If you haven’t or never have, now is a great time to check out our sixteenth president’s family residence during the Civil War. For the next year-and-a-half the cottage will be hosting a FREE exhibit on modern-day slavery. “Can You Walk Away?” uses powerful imagery, video footage and compelling statistics to inspire people to consider Lincoln's ideas about slavery, discover the harsh reality of slavery today, and take direct action to help eliminate this problem.

President Lincoln's Cottage is the authentic resource for understanding Lincoln's perspective on slavery and his development of the Emancipation Proclamation and this exhibit connects his bold and courageous ideas with the modern abolitionist movement.

When: now through August 2013; Monday through Saturday - 9:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.; Sunday - 10:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage in the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd. NW and Upshur St. NW



NEW - Help! Your voice is urgently needed to secure the passage critical federal anti-trafficking legislation.

Polaris Project is urging all modern-day abolitionists to call their Congressional representatives and senators to ask them to support these three vital bills:
• S. 1301 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011
• H.R. 2759 Business Transparency on Trafficking Slavery Act
• H.R. 2730 Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act

For more information on the bills as well as suggested talking points for speaking to your lawmaker, visit:

REMINDER - Are you a Maryland resident?

If so, Shared Hope International and the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force urgently need your help to secure the passage of six anti-trafficking bills that have been or will be introduced into the Maryland legislature this session. Please call, write, or e-mail your state senators and representatives to urge them to back these bills:

• HB 391/SB902 Asset Forfeiture for Human Trafficking
• HB 607/SB352 Posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
• HB 860/SB to be assigned: Child Abuse—Human Trafficking
• HB 1300 Crime Victim’s Compensation
• HB 1293 Abduction for Purposes of Prostitution
• SB 993 Human Trafficking of Minors--Mistake of Age and Consent Defense Prohibited

To find your representatives, visit:

For questions on this campaign, e-mail [address removed]


REMINDER - Are you a pro with Wordpress? Interested in aiding the cause of rehabilitating former child soldiers?

Child Soldier Relief Foundation, which advocates on behalf of ex-child soldiers, is in need of a volunteer website manager to lead the maintenance of its website, which operates on Wordpress. The selected volunteer will be responsible for a range of monthly tasks such as the updating of news content including video and events and the posting and organizing of lesson plan materials.

This position comes with a 10 -15 hour weekly time commitment. Experience with Wordpress or another content management system is required. Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to: [address removed]

REMINDER - How are you with writing grant proposals?

Child Soldier Relief Foundation is also in need of a volunteer development associate to take on such tasks as researching and drafting corporate and foundation grant proposals and writing communication material for social media sites.

The desired volunteer will have a Bachelor’s degree, fundraising experience, superb written, verbal, interpersonal, and organizational skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, the ability to work independently and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects. The position comes with a 10 -15 hour weekly time commitment. To apply, e-mail your CV and cover letter to [address removed]


REMINDER - Looking to buy an apartment in a great building?

Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, is relocating back to the United Kingdom and would love to leave his beautiful one-bedroom Takoma Park apartment in the hands of another anti-human trafficking advocate. Located just 10 minutes from the Metro, the apartment has been fully remodeled, features great window views, and comes with all appliances and a car parking space.

Owner financing is available with fixed monthly payments that will not balloon and no interest rate changes. A sample 25 year mortgage would only be $739 a month. Bales is also open to renters if an appropriate buyer cannot be found. For more details, check out the flyer at (link has been fixed).


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 - Yearning for a deeper knowledge about sex slavery, child labor, and forced labor?

Check out Human Trafficking Search. This web-based clearinghouse contains in excess of 250,000 informational entries on human trafficking from over 120 countries. This is a great resource for policy advisors, law enforcement, direct service providers, researchers, educators, students, and community activists. At Human Trafficking Search, you will find regularly updated government and non-profit reports, research studies, case studies and congressional testimony; trainings for professionals made available to the general public; and information that not even Google can dig up.

Check it out at:

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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