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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter May 6, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, May 6, 2012 11:03 PM

If you’d like to see your anti-human trafficking news or event promoted in the newsletter, send all information to [address removed] no later than Saturday afternoon.


IMPORTANT Did you know there is a strong link between human trafficking and environmentally destructive resource extraction processes?

You can learn more about the connections between environmental degradation and the human slave trade by coming to DC SMS’ May Meetup tomorrow evening at George Washington University with Free the Slaves President and book author Kevin Bales. You’ll learn about such destructive practices as the use of involuntary labor in the Congo to hack away at hilltops in order to expose the valuable coltan pebbles that make their way into our cell phones and laptops.

When: Monday, May 7; 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Ellliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; 1957 E St. NW


NEW – Are you free this Wednesday night to attend a special screeningof a new feature-length documentary about the global sex trafficking network?

Intimate and revealing, The Price of Sex focuses on the plight of young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova takes us on a personal journey -- exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.

An audience Q&A with director Chakarova will follow the screening.

When: Wednesday, May 9; 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW

Tickets: $11, seniors/students: $9; buy ‘em here:

NEW Want to help celebrate the kickoff of a great new abolitionist volunteer network?

Join Project Futures DC for their Thursday evening launch party and happy hour at Ulah Bistro in the U Street neighborhood. There will be door prizes a raffle and more! Project Futures DC is a volunteer and activist platform of the Somaly Mam Foundation in the DC Metro area. The foundation's mission is to end modern-day slavery through initiatives to liberate its victims, and empower survivors so they can create and sustain lives of dignity.

To learn more about Somaly Mam: visit

When: Thursday, May 10; 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW

Donation: $5 suggested at the door

RSVP and spread the Facebook word:


REMINDERDo you have what it takes to launch a petition aimed squarely at the abusive labor trafficking practices of foreign-chartered vessels fishing in New Zealand waters?

Earlier this year, Bloomberg Businessweek published a blockbuster expose that detailed the all-too-common practice of Indonesian workers being deceived by recruitment agencies into signing exploitative contracts to work on fishing boats where they are subjected to coercion and abuse that can include physical beatings, sexual assault, wage withholding, unreasonable and dangerous work hours, the refusal of medical care and threats of retribution should they attempt to report the abuse. Some of the fish and squid caught by coerced labor in waters near New Zealand ends up on American dinner tables.

You can read the expose here:

If you’re interested in getting a petition started but want some help in crafting it, e-mail your interest to [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 - 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,

If you wish to no longer receive mail from DC Stop Modern Slavery, you'll need to leave the group on To do this, go to the DC Stop Modern Slavery page, click the members tab, select "my profile," and click the "leave this Meetup Group" link. We'll miss you!


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