The Stop Modern Slavery Walk, held annually on the National Mall, brings together thousands from the community with dozens of local, national and international nonprofits. In 2010 and 2011, the Walk raised nearly $100,000 and recruited more than 2,000 participants and is now the largest walk event in the U.S.
Through partnership and collaboration with the D.C. community, non-government organizations (NGO’s), local authorities, businesses and the media, DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) hopes to raise public awareness about the 27 million slaves around the world, including within our DC Area communities. This new form of modern slavery, also known as human trafficking, has become the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world. The Walk aims to bring the entire anti-slavery movement together to combat modern slavery.
This event is organized entirely by volunteers and all proceeds will go to non-profit organizations working to combat human trafficking and/or care for victims. This one mile walk will include an information fair, speakers, performances and live music. This year’s sponsors include Dodge Chrome, 5 hour Energy, Google + and Nomad event systems.
DC Stop Modern Slavery is a diverse and growing community-based non-profit working to end modern slavery, beginning in the DC area. Through meetings, events, and communications DC SMS serves as a platform for people of all backgrounds to connect, learn, and take action. Since its founding in 2004, DC SMS has grown from a small group of concerned citizens to a thriving body of more than 1,200 members.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at noon.
Check-in opens: 11:30 p.m.
Walk begins around 2:15 p.m.
National Mall – near the Washington Monument
Constitution Avenue NW and 15th St NW
Walk Meeting Place:
Constitution Avenue NW and 20th St NW
Registration: $15 for students. $25-$100 for adults.
Register for the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk here.