We’ve got another guest post today! This one is from Amy Batchelor a rising GW sophomore in the Elliot School. She is double majoring in International Affairs and Political Science with a focus on public policy. Amy is originally from North Carolina and most recently from the Chicago area.
Half the Sky addresses an issue that has thrived in the darkness of ignorance and denial for too long. Modern day slavery or human trafficking is a major issue both internationally and domestically as it rivals the illicit trade in guns and drugs for the more lucrative form of illegal transaction. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time and some estimates say there are up to 27 million slaves in the world today. These numbers are staggering and at least 14,000 of these victims are being trafficking into the United States.
While studying here at GW I became became passionate about this issue and got involved with an anti-trafficking organization called DC Stop Modern Slavery (DCSMS). DCSMS is a grassroots organization that is run entirely by volunteers. We work to spread knowledge about trafficking, advocate on issues related to trafficking and we are now coordinating the 2010 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk. This event will not only raise awareness about international and domestic forms of trafficking in the DC area and raise needed funds to combat trafficking but will also encourage the many anti-trafficking and human rights groups partnering with us to increase communication and cooperation.
The Walk will be held on October 23 at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall (just a short walk from campus). Registration for students is only $5 and you can join the GW team online at walk.stopmodernslavery.org. There will be speakers, performers, presentations and an information fair about trafficking and how you can get involved. So, if Half the Sky really motivated you to do something about this atrocious violation of human rights you can start by registering to walk. Also, if you are interested in becoming involved in DC Stop Modern Slavery, volunteering to help at the walk or if you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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