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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter September 9, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, September 9, 2012 7:26 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 – Have you signed up yet for next month’s Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall?

Yes. Awesome! Your involvement in DC SMS’ biggest annual fundraiser is enormously appreciated!

No?! What’s stopping you? Every dollar raised through the walk will goto critical anti-human trafficking efforts organized by DC SMS and its 2012 walk partners.

You can register to take part in the walk -- happening Sept. 29. -- by visiting:

REMINDER – Ready to get PUMPED for the Walk?

Join your fellow DC SMS abolitionists for our September Meetup -- an exciting rally tomorrow evening at our favorite watering hole, Mad Hatter in Dupont Circle.

We'll celebrate the impending walk and hear from survivor Tina Frundt-- executive director of Courtney's House and a leading figure in the crusade against child sex trafficking.

When: Monday, Sept. 10, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: Mad Hatter; 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW


REMINDER – Do you have time to listen to two human trafficking survivors-turned activists share their harrowing personal stories?

Join Virginia SMS this Wednesday at George Mason University for a night of conversation with Holly Austin Smith – a child trafficking survivor, advocate, author, and public speaker who gained national attention for her successful lobbying work for anti-trafficking legislation in Virginia – and Barbara Amaya – a survivor, author, activist, and educator on human trafficking who writes a column in the Washington Times.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Where: George Mason University; Student Union I 3A Meeting Room; Fairfax, Va.

Sign up

NEW – Want to enjoy some cocktails while also supporting critical research efforts aimed at combating child sex trafficking?

You can learn about the work of Global Centurion, which gathers and analyzes data on the sexual and forced labor exploitation of women and children in support of more effective anti-trafficking efforts in the United States and abroad, by attending a cocktail fundraiser this Thursday at Rivers in the Watergate complex in Foggy Bottom.

Hosted by Capital City Ball, attendees can participate in a raffle for a number of great prizes including a ticket to this fall’s annual Capital City Ball!

When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.

Where: 600 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Suggested donation: $15 at the door

Sign up and spread the Facebook word!

NEW – Are you a young professional? Want to participate in adiscussion on modern-day slavery?

Human trafficking will be the focus of the Young Professionals in International Affairs upcoming Meetup at Zorba’s Café in Dupont Circle. YPIA Meetups are informal gatherings where attendees exchange ideas and opinions on current issues facing the international community. There are still a few spots left so think about attending and sharing your insights and abolitionist experiences with the group!

When: Sunday, Sept. 16, 4:00p.m.

Where: Zorba’s Café;[masked]th St. NW


NEW – Have you seen the new award-winning documentaryNefarious: Merchant of Souls yet? No. Well now is your chance.

This hard-hitting film will be shown for free next Tuesday evening in the Eastern Market neighborhood by National Community Church Against Slavery and Exploitation. Nefarious takes you into the nightmare world of global sex trafficking. Including first-hand interviews with real survivors and traffickers, the documentary explores initial victim recruitment, liberation and everything in between.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00p.m.

Where: Barracks Row Theater; 535 8th St. SE

More information, including trailer, found here:

REMINDER – Interested in enjoying an evening of music, fine wine, and art while also raising funds for human trafficking survivors.

Sign up to attend Soroptimist International of Woodbridge’s Third Annual Gala Art Auction. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships and to benefit survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

Music will be provided by the Beau Soir Ensemble and wine tasting byRiger’s Ford Winery. There will also be a Hors d’oeuvres buffet, a silent auction and a raffle.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

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

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

To order, call (703)[masked] or (703)[masked]


NEW – Can you take a moment to help one of DC SMS’ biggest abolition partners win a piece of the $5 million in grants Chase Bank Community Giving is awarding to the top-vote winning charities?

Polaris Project advocates for tougher federal and state human trafficking laws; operates the National Human Trafficking hotline; conducts trainings; and provides vital services to survivors. The DC-based nonprofit is vying to be one of the 196 nonprofits to receive grants from Chase. You can help make that happen by voting for them on Facebook ( ). Voting ends Sept. 19.

REMINDER – Do you want to see George Washington University declared a slavery-free campus?

A group of GW student activists have begun a petition calling on university President Steven Knapp to make sure no forced labor is used in campus jobs including construction and groundskeeping; in the production of products used, advertised and sold on campus including food, coffee, electronics and GW apparel; that information on the National Human Trafficking Hotline is clearly posted around campus; that exploitive child begging rings are bannedfrom the campus; and that university policy and hospital staff are giventraining to recognize the signs of human trafficking in potential victims they may encounter.

You can read the full letter to President Knapp and sign the petitionhere:

REMINDER – Do you know any community abolitionists doing trailblazing work in the fight against modern-day slavery?

Consider nominating them for a Normal Hotaling Award. Global Centurion is currently accepting nominations for the annual awards through Oct 1.

Three awards will be presented to grass-root level advocates who have done extraordinary work fighting human trafficking.  Each recipient will receive a $5,000 donation to support their future efforts.  Award winners will be announced Dec. 1 with the Norma Hotaling Awards reception slated to take place in early December.

More Information & Nomination Materials:


REMINDER Can you volunteer the day of the DC SMS Walk?

We need HELP on Saturday, Sept. 29 in a number of key areasincluding registration, setup and break-down, the resource fair, and the children’s area. Volunteers will receive 50 percent off their walk registration fee (excluding student registration), a T-shirt, refreshments and the chance to network with abolitionists from across the region. No knowledge/experience required.

We are also in need of a few First Aid-certified volunteers to staff the First Aid tent. Two shifts are available: 11:30am-2:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. You are welcome to sign up for one or both shifts.

To sign up as a volunteer for any of these positions, please email Anna at: [address removed]


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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