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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter March 18, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, March 18, 2012 10:44 PM


NEWStill thinking about whether to get involved with this year’s annual DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk?

Come to a walk campaign kickoff event this Tuesday evening at Mad Hatter in Dupont Circle where you’ll get to hear walk team leaders discuss all the ways you can help ensure another successful walk this year!

The DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk is by far the largest and most important event that DC SMS puts on every year, raising both crucial funds for anti-trafficking organizations and public awareness about the many diverse forms that slavery takes in the 21st century.

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave., NW


REMINDER - 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 – Does supporting an organization whose mission is to aid in the rescue, sheltering, and rehabilitation of trafficked women and children in Southeast Asia sound like something you want to be a part of?

The Somaly Mam Foundation has just added a DC volunteer platform to their network – Project Futures DC. You can learn about opportunities to get involved with Project Futures by “Liking” their Facebook page at:

The foundation envisions a world where women and children are safe from slavery. Their mission is to give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, to liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.

REMINDER - 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:


NEW – Can you contribute a few hours of your time next month to promote and facilitate Bridge to Freedom Foundation’s Annual Race for Freedom 5K?

Volunteers are needed on Sunday April 1 to pass out event flyers to Cherry Blossom Festival attendees and then on the day of the race, Saturday, April 28, to help set up, sign in participants, snap photos, and cheer on race runners and walkers.

If you are available to volunteer on either of these days, e-mail [address removed]

Bridge to Freedom Foundation is dedicated to helping human trafficking survivors acquire the skills and resources they need to permanently escape the cycle of modern-day slavery and abuse while building a sustainable livelihood.


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,

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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