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This event is organized entirely by the community volunteers of DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS).

DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) 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.

Our Story:Since its founding in 2004, DCSMS has grown from a small group of concerned citizens to a thriving body of more than 1,200 members. Our action-oriented approach leverages the abilities and interests of our diverse membership and our many partner organizations.

Significant achievements include helping to pass legislation addressing trafficking in the D.C. area and training hundreds of area residents to recognize and take steps to combat slavery. We have been honored by Courtney’s House for Effective Use of Grassroots Tactics and by Polaris Project as their 2010 “Star Activists” for the achievements of our flagship initiative, the Stop Modern Slavery Walk.


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. Today, we continue to grow and seek ways to contribute to a slavery-free future. 


Please see our partners page for more information.

Video Credit: Joanna Castle Miller

DC Stop Modern Slavery is a chapter within the Stop Modern Slavery network of community organizations. Stop Modern Slavery is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is eligible to receive charitable donations that are deductible for U.S. income tax purposes. Federal Taxpayer Identification Number: 26-3865932.

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