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DC Stop Modern Slavery Newsletter November 12, 2012

From: Rachel
Sent on: Monday, November 12, 2012 2:50 PM

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


IMPORTANT – Don’t forget about this evening’s RESCHEDULED monthly DC SMS Meetup where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a great online tool for organizing around anti-human trafficking issues.

Lauren Taylor will be presenting a workshop at End Slavery Now’s Foggy Bottom office on how to make the most out of the FREE organizing and networking tools made available by the New Underground Railroad – a website she created that acts as a clearinghouse for academics, officials, professional advocates, and community activists to exchange information on modern-day slavery issues, events, etc.

When: Monday, Nov. 12, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Where: End Slavery Now; 2101 L St. NW, 8th floor


NEW – Do you provide or are you interesting in providing legal aide to trafficking survivors.

Then make time in your schedule tomorrow to attend the Protection Project’s 7th annual symposium on human trafficking: The Procedural and Substantive Elements of Prosecuting Cases of Trafficking in Persons: Comparative Models and International Standards.

The FREE all-day symposium at the John Hopkins University’s SAIS campus in Dupont Circle will examine legal issues confronting the prosecution of human trafficking cases in the United States and abroad.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Where: Kenney Auditorium, School of Advanced International Studies; 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW


REMINDER – It’s time to dust off your tuxedo and get your ball gown ready for a night of revelry and awareness at the annual Capital City Ball.

This Saturday evening’s gala is aimed at raising funds and awareness in support of several DC nonprofits that fight against human trafficking and exploitation. Tickets are available at the ADVOCATE level for $150 (or only $125 if you buy before midnight tonight) and at the ANGEL level for $250.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:00p.m.

Where: the historic Washington Club in Dupont Circle

Buy your tix

NEW- Get ready for Shared Hope International’s biggest event of the year! Sharing the Hope 2012 – a multi-day gathering of education, discussion and celebration will be taking place from Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 here in Washington.

Shared Hope is offering a variety events including their unique “Do You Know Lacy?” training, a 6-track community training that provides identification and intervention tools to law enforcement, prosecutors,  juvenile service providers, youth advocates, and community members.

Shared Hope founder Linda Smith, along with trafficking survivors and policy leaders will come together torelease the Protected Innocence 2012 state report cards, which highlight advances made in developing legislative frameworks to respond to domestic minor sex trafficking.

Trafficking survivors working in a variety of professions -- counselors, researchers, service providers and NGO founders -- will speak on multiple panels on the critical needs of trafficking survivors. At the end of the three-day affair will be the gala and Pathbreaker Award Ceremony featuring a chilling dramatic performance by survivor advocates and artists -- Stacy Lewis and Shamere McKenzie.

Ticket packages can be bought at range of prices. Discounts are also available.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29 – Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Washington Court Hotel; 525 New Jersey Ave., NW

Schedule of events



NEW – Can you volunteer for Shared Hope Internationals’ Sharing the Hope 2012 event?

There are a number of volunteer positions available in the days leading up to, during, and after the event. Volunteers are needed to prepare training materials and event handouts;  transport by car event materials to the Washington Court Hotel; help with day-of event registration; staff individual training tracks; help with the gala; and assist in breakdown after the conference.

If you have questions about specific volunteer assignments or are available to volunteer contact Renee ASAP at [address removed] or [masked].


NEW – Interested in scoring some great deals on designer products made by Fendi, Coach, Gucci, Dooney and Bourke, Louis Vuitton and other top brands while simultaneously helping local anti-human trafficking organizations?

Then come get a head start on your holiday shopping by visiting TIP TOP Boutique in Georgetown. The Trafficking In Persons Thrift Opportunity Project is a new second-hand store and all-volunteer effort that sends 100% of revenue from sales to nonprofits such as Global Centurion Foundation and Innocents at Risk. A future ambition of the project is to provide employment to trafficking survivors as clerks and store managers.

In addition to shopping at TIP TOP Boutique, you can help the cause by donating your gently-used clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags.

Where:[masked]st St., NW

Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

For more information or to donate items, call: 703- 919- 6828

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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