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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter July 22, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:48 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.


NEW – Still trying to make sense out of the State Department’s latest TIP report?

Come to a special luncheon briefing on Tuesday with the department’s point man for anti-human trafficking efforts, Ambassador Luis CdeBacaat the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies near Dupont Circle.

CdeBaca, the head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons,  and SAIS Protection Project Executive Director Mohamed Mattar will lead the afternoon discussion on the findings and recommendations of the State Department’s 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. Lunch will be provided.

When: Tuesday, July 24, 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Where: Johns Hopkins University Kenney Auditorium; 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW,


REMINDER – Looking to quench your thirst with a cool brew or cocktail while also supporting a worthy cause?

Join Polaris Project for a happy hour fundraiser on Wednesday at Madhatter in Dupont Circle where your $10 donation at the door gets you extended happy hour specials. Accessories made by trafficking survivors will be on sale during the happy hour with the proceeds returned to the artist. Donations will also be accepted of new women and men’s underwear, new or gently bras, and new or gently usedprofessional footwear.

When: Wednesday, July 25, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW

Donation: minimum of $10

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REMINDER – Want to help a DC SMS Walk partner raise funds to support efforts to combat child trafficking?

Come to Cocktails for Charity this Thursday evening at George. In return for your $30 donation, you can enjoy an open bar, free hor d’ouevres, a DJ and dancing!

Proceeds from the event will be used to support Innocents at Risk’seducational outreach programs to churches, organizations, schools and embassies as well as their training of airline personnel in how torecognize the signs of a trafficked child.

When: Thursday, July 26, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: George, 3251 Prospect St. NW

Tickets: $30

Questions: [address removed]

NEW – Are you a fan of the theater? Do you enjoy plays with animportant social message?

Come to a groundbreaking new stageplay featuring good friend of SMS and trafficking survivor Shamere McKenzie on August 4 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Stolen: From Playgrounds to Streetlights “is a riveting eye-opening depiction of modern day slavery in the United States. Writer and Director Stacy Jewell Lewis takes societies most common misconceptions concerning this issue, and brings to life the staggering reality of sex trafficking within our own communities.”

When: Saturday, August 4; shows at 3:00p.m. and 8:00p.m.

Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center; 1333 H St., NE

Tickets: adults: $25; students: $15; to purchase, go to:


NEW – Want to work for an established organization dedicated to serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking?

TurnAround, Inc. provides counseling and support services to survivors in Baltimore County and is dedicated to increasing community awareness and understanding around the ongoing problems of sex trafficking and domestic violence. The organization is looking to fill the following positions: Office Manager, Anti-Trafficking Program Residential Aide, Anti-Trafficking Program Case Manager, andTrauma Therapist.

For more details on each position and to apply, visit:

REMINDER - Are you looking to make a real impact in the global fight against the modern-day slave trade?

Consider volunteering with the Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which provides resources to human trafficking survivors aimed at helping them to build a sustainable livelihood. The nonprofit is currently accepting applications for fall interns and has a number of volunteer positions open including assisting with grant writing, graphic design, website development, fundraising, and event organizing. Check them out at:


REMINDER – Have you noticed the way prominent news organizationsfrequently refer to sex-trafficked minors as “teen prostitutes” or “child prostitutes”? Are you sick of this misleading and highly inappropriate characterization?

You can sign this petition by DC SMS member Ed Drain ( ) to Reuters, demanding the news company change its publishing guideliens to no longer refer to victims of sex trafficking as prostitutes. For a thoughtful analysis on how such labeling by the media distorts public understanding about sex trafficking and further victimizes the trafficked, check out survivor Holly Austin Smith’s recent essay on the matter:


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,

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