Walk Against Human Trafficking

Sep 26, 2012, 15:30 ET from DC Stop Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2012 PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Saturday, September 29, DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) will host the 2012 Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall at 15th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW from 12 p.m.4:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Walk will unite the global anti-trafficking movement, providing a day for thousands from across the country and more than 50 organizations to exchange ideas and breathe new life and energy into the movement. The Walk will highlight diverse approaches in the anti-slavery movement, while raising awareness and funds for leading anti-trafficking nonprofits, including Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, and Boat People SOS.

The Walk's program will be hosted by Mary David, TV host and Director of Public Relations at the Foundation for Post Conflict Development. The keynote address will be shared by anti-slavery figures Ka Flawellen, Vice President, International Black Women's Public Policy Institute; and Brook Bello, survivor-advocate, author, singer, and film-maker.

The program will also feature a lineup of prominent survivor advocates, including Tina Frundt, Founder of Courtney's House; Holly Smith, author and journalist; Evelyn Chumbow, motivational speaker; Stacy Jewell Lewis, writer and actor; and Shamere McKenzie, Policy Assistant at Shared Hope International. 

"The goal of the Walk is to leave each person feeling compelled to act and to give them the tools to do so," says Walk Director and volunteer, Joe Flippin. "At the core of this Walk and this movement is the belief that anyone can educate themselves, get involved, and have an impact."

In a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama said, "human trafficking…must be called by its true name – modern slavery," which represents "one of the great human right causes of our time."

The U.S. Department of State estimates there are as many as 27 million children, women, and men across the world living in slavery.  Modern slavery, broadly defined as when one person is exploited and controlled by another for benefit or profit, exists in many forms including forced labor, debt bondage, and commercial sexual exploitation of children. 

DC SMS is a diverse and growing community-based nonprofit with over 1,200 members working to end modern slavery, beginning in the DC area, by serving as a platform for people to connect, learn, and take action. For more information on the Walk, please visit www.smswalk.org.

SOURCE DC Stop Modern Slavery