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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter September 16, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:10 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:

NEW – Looking for something to do tomorrow evening? How about attending a screening of an important film that exposes the slavery-supported underbelly of modern chocolate production?

The Dark Side of Chocolate investigates the use of child workers in the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast and links to labor trafficking. Organized by The FREE Project and sponsored by the Institute for Global and International Studies and End Slavery Now, the film screening at George Washington University will be followed by a Q&A with Sean Rudolph of the International Labor Rights Forum.

For more information on the film, visit

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: GWU Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213; 1957 E St. NW


REMINDER – 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 this 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:

NEW – Want to imbibe some tasty cocktails while also supporting the worthy efforts of nonprofit that works with survivors of sex trafficking in Southeast Asia?

Join the Capital City Ball on Sept. 27 for a cocktail reception benefiting Urban Light at the L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Urban Light is a youth-focused organization committed to rebuilding and restoring the lives of boys who are the survivors of child prostitution and sexploitation in Thailand.

When: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: L2 Lounge; 3315 Cady's Alley NW

Suggested donation: $15 at the door

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]


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

Consider nominating them for a Norma 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:


NEW – Do you have a technical understanding of how to develop smart-phone apps? Want to help design an app to support our abolitionist community?

Talented and creative volunteers are needed to assist with thebeginning stages of a smart-phone app based around a calendar of anti-trafficking events happening in cities near you. If this sounds like you, please send a short email about how you learned to develop phone apps to [address removed].

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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