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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter June 3, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:39 PM

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IMPORTANT – Ready for another illuminating and impactful Stop Modern Slavery Meetup?

Join us tomorrow for an important lecture on the nature of labor trafficking in Southeast Asia. Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, executive director of Boat People SOS.

Under Dr.Thang’s leadership, Boat People SOS became one of the world’s leading anti-human trafficking organizations. He has personally worked on high-profile trafficking cases, including the largest case ever prosecuted by the U.S. federal government (Daewoosa American Samoa, 1999) and the recent rescue of 176 female Vietnamese workers in Jordan.

When: Monday, June 4, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: The Elliott School of International Affairs/George Washington University; 1957 E St. NW, classroom B17

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NEW – Can you share your thoughts on the sorts of activities Virginia Stop Modern Slavery should be involved in and organizing?

Come to the group’s casual monthly meeting this Wednesday evening at Northside Coffee in Arlington where you’ll get the chance to discuss with fellow members your goals and expectations for Virginia SMS and talk about potential locations and meeting times for future Meetups.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

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


NEW – Want to help an important DC SMS partner raise critical fundsfor their efforts to help human trafficking survivors rebuild their lives?

Bring your friends and join Bridge to Freedom Foundation at the Laughing Man Tavern near Metro Center for a happy hour this Thursday evening where you can celebrate their selection for the second year in-a-row as a beneficiary of DC SMS’ annual walk in September!

For $5 at the door, attendees will be provided with a wristband that gets them access to special marked menu items and drinks and $5 appetizers all night. All proceeds will go to support BTFF. Raffle tickets will also be sold for the chance of winning a Laughing Man Tavern gift certificate, two tickets to a play at the Little Theater in Alexandria and much more!

When: Thursday, June 7, 6:30p.m. – 11:00p.m.

Where: Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St NW, Washington

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REMINDER – Have you heard about China’s forced-labor prison camps in Tibet?

To learn more about the camps, the Laogai Research Foundation invites you to attend a conference next Friday on Capitol Hill that will focus on the testimonies of Tibetan survivors of the prison farms. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

When: Friday, June 8, 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, B339; 45 Independence Ave. SW


REMINDER - Want to learn how you can use's online petition platform?

By participating in free 45-minute webinar, you will be empowered to start petitions about trafficking or any other topic you're passionate about. There will be plenty of time for questions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn cutting edge strategies and best practices for online organizing from the leaders in online petitions.

Webinars will be taking place this Wednesday, June 6 at 11:30a.m. and 2:30p.m.

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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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