Past Events

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event


Film: American Exploitation: The Slaves Among Us

Innocents at Risk recommends everyone see the film “American Exploitation” this Sunday.

American Exploitation: The Slaves Among Us

Alexandria Film Festival Showcase
Sunday, November 11,  1:00 PM
AMC Hoffman Center 22
206 Swamp Fox Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets $12 available at:
Filmmaker: Benjamin Brothers 85 minutes USA Documentary
Shocking exploration of barely hidden sex-trafficking in suburban America, featuring first-hand accounts from victims, human rights advocates, law enforcement, and other government officials. Could this be happening in your town–hidden in plain sight?
Q&A with filmmaker Benjamin Brothers

Office of Wellness, Intervention, & Prevention Event at Marymount University

Tomorrow evening our Founder, Deborah Sigmund, will be speaking to students at Marymount University to educate and create awareness about the horrific issue of Child Trafficking.  We are grateful to Marymount Universtiy, the Office of Wellness, Intervention, & Prevention for the opportunity to speak to their students.Please contact Innocents at Risk if you would like to attend!  We would love to have you!
Tuesday, October 30th
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Rowley Hall Room G205
Arlington, VA 22207

World-Wide Walk against Child Trafficking Saturday, October 20th!


Organizations and friends around the world are coming together this Saturday, October 20th for a Walk to End Child Trafficking.Thank you A21!!

Here are walks taking place on October 20th in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.


Washington, DC

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
JFK Field 1964 Independence Ave SW
More information and register here


Frederick, MD
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Baker Park
Corner of N. Bentz St. and W. 2nd St.
More information and register here

Hagerstown, MD
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Downtown Hagerstown
More information and register here

Fredericksburg, VA
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fredericksburg Canal Path
More information and register here
Lynchburg, VA
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Monument Terrace 313 9 Street
Norfolk, VA
9:30 am – 11:00 am
MacArthur Center Park at MacArthur Mall at 300 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Colonial Williamsburg

Innocents at Risk Gala, September 18, 2018



by Janet Donovan  |  on September 23rd, 2018  |
Photo credit: Neshan Naltchayan
September 18th, Innocents at Risk brought together Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corp, representatives of the corporate world, friends of the philanthropic world, non-profit organizations and the press to celebrate what is being done to help prevent child trafficking. The Benefit evening at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC recognized Award Winning Film Director Jeffrey Brown for his film SOLD which has served as an excellent awareness tool for all the organizations to end child trafficking. Hollywood on the Potomac recently spoke with Brown and his producing partner Jane Charles.
“I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend.  When I read the book SOLD, the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick almost 10 years ago and started researching human trafficking, I didn’t realize that this is the second highest grossing illegal crime (2nd only to drug trafficking) and that it is happening right here in the United States,” Charles us. ”Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life so far.  I spent almost 10 years researching, making and distributing SOLD.  Jeffrey Brown, the writer/director of SOLD and I traveled to India and Nepal several times before shooting the film and went back after to shoot some pick-ups and record needed audio.  I fell in love with India and Nepal and our extended families in both countries that we met along the way, especially the survivors, the many girls we met at rescue facilities and shelters that we remember and carry with us every day. Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career.  What began as a feature film to create global awareness of human trafficking has turned into an ongoing advocacy and impact campaign.”
Jeffrey Brown
“What most people don’t realize is that human trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry; that children are being bought and sold in every city in the world, in every country in the world,” she added.  “This is a global issue. We have to join together and work to end this misery.  Millions of children are sexually abused, beaten, held captive and sold every day.  It’s hidden – the perpetrators would like us to believe that ‘it doesn’t happen here.’ Yet it does and we all have to act – governments, non-profits, business and citizens.  We all have to unify and join together and hit this issue on every level possible. Stories have the power to ignite activism and to change the world.”
Deborah Sigmund
Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund also recognized the Marriott Corporation for being a leader in the Corporate World by training their employees to report situations of possible exploitation and child trafficking. She talked about a situation she witnessed in a Tampa Florida Marriott Hotel during a Conference where she was speaking about Child Trafficking, an actual situation of human traffickers selling young girls for sex. The hotel staff reported the suspicious activity to police and the FBI. Deborah said that it was very appropriate to present Tony Capuano of Marriott International Corporation The Innocents at Risk Corporate Responsibly Award and thanked Tony for his leadership at Marriott to do something to save young lives!
Jeffrey Brown, Staci Capuano, Tony Capuano with Deborah Sigmund
Deborah thanked both recipients and said that this film was  “a Gift” and a tremendous tool to use in schools, churches Embassies and communities to create Awareness! Deborah presented Jeffrey Brown with the Innocents at Risk ” Making a Difference” Award. Jeffrey thanked Deborah and said she was his “Heroine” and said it was amazing how much Innocents at Risk had accomplished in just 13 years. Jeffrey thanked everyone in the audience for supporting Innocents at Risk.
NBC’s Barbara Harrison was the event MC.



SOLD Film Screening with Innocents at Risk’s Founder Deborah Sigmund

IHS-DC-1As January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Innocents at Risk was invited to come to the International Student House Tuesday evening, January 23 to present the Academy Award winning film, SOLD.

International Student House of Washington, DC (ISH-DC), a non-profit organization providing an exceptional residential experience to a highly diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. The House promotes inter-cultural dialogue, encourages life-long connections, and fosters global citizenship.

The event was well attended by students and Board Members of the International Student House, and Board Members and friends of Innocents at Risk.  Founder, Deborah Sigmund was introduced by International Student House Board Member, Larry Dunham. Deborah introduced the film, SOLD, and talked about Academy Award Winning Director Jeffrey Brown, and the film’s Producer Jane Charles. Deborah said that SOLD is a gift to all of us who work to educate the public about Child Trafficking.  SOLD is an excellent tool for our Awareness Educational Outreach work in schools, and for everyone in the Non Profit world.

After the film, Senior American Airlines Flight Attendant Sandra Firoini, joined Deborah to answer questions about the film and about the Innocents at Risk Flight Attendant Initiative. The audience was very engaged and stayed for an hour of questions and discussions.  Deborah spoke about the importance of awareness training in cities hosting the Super Bowl, as major sporting events have been proven to increase the the trafficking of underage children being forced into the sex trade.  For the last 10 years Airline Ambassadors, Sandra, and Deborah have been conducting awareness training in the hosting cities, including an event with Cindy McCain during Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix. Our partner, Nancy Rivard of Airline Ambassadors was in Minneapolis on Tuesday conducting human trafficking awareness training for airport personnel.

To conclude the evening. Deborah asked guests to please remember the powerful message of SOLD, to talk about it, and be the light to help spread awareness in order to keep children safe!




Take a Stand Against Modern Day Slavery Benefit Concert


Watergate Gallery presents “Reclaiming Freedom”

Watergate Gallery presents “Reclaiming Freedom”

September 25 – November 4, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, Oct 7,  5-8pm
      Meet the Artists: Performance and spoken words
October 17th  6-8pm

 This exhibition is part of the city-wide events organized by the non-profit organization  ARTWORKS FOR FREEDOM dedicated to raising  awareness and inspiring action on human trafficking  in the Washington DC metro area and all around the world.

Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, A Call and Response, is an exhibition that is a collaborative exchange for poets and artists. Curated by noted artist Helen Frederick the call and response invites writers and visual artists to participate, assigning one to call and one to respond.
The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating
the interplay of artistic media, and speaking of our times.

This exhibition theme: Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, resources the finding of residual words and visual images that persist after a trauma that changes lives, including victims of modern slavery, immigrants and refugees at risk, and all those who have suffered loss of their freedom due to trafficking.

Human trafficking is a global criminal enterprise affecting millions of men,
women and children. It exists in every country and in many guises, fueled by
extreme poverty, cultural norms that devalue and commodify women and
children in particular, and also by a seemingly insatiable demand for
exploitive sex and cheap labor. According to recent estimates, the buying
and selling of human beings is a $150 billion-dollar annual business.
The profits are high and the risks low.
It is also one of the biggest violations of human rights in the world.

Participating artists and poets include:   
Oletha DeVane and Efia Dalili
Elisa Wiarda and Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Tim Davis and Carol Beane
Jeremy Kunkel and Danielle Badra
Steve Skowron and Rod Smith
Susan Main and Elizabeth Halper
Cheryl Edwards and Fred Joiner
Jessica Kallista and Jennifer Atkinson
Kay Chernush and Mel Nichols
Schroeder Cherry and Thomas Estler
Julie Wills and AmaranthBorsuk
Helen Zughaib and Zein El-Amine
Margo Neuhaus and Anne Dykers
Shanti Norris and Sarah Browning
Elizabeth Board and Lisa Short
Carien Quiroga and Holly Mason
Nehemiah Dixon lll and Tsedaye Makonnen

Join Innocents at Risk at Cocktails for a Cause

Please join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction to help support our ongoing mission to keep our children safe!

Thursday, July 27th
6:30PM to 8:30PM

The George Town Club
1530 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tickets: $70 per person

Cocktails for a Cause Tickets
Names of Attendees

Fight for Freedom: A Fundraiser to End Human Trafficking


Come out on Wednesday, July 26, to Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Virginia, for a happy hour and learn about organizations working daily to stop human trafficking around the D.C. area and the rest of the world.

Emceed by Mix 107.3 DJ Ashley Nickels, this event will feature food and drinks, a variety of raffle prizes (including tickets to State Theatre and the Kennedy Center and gift certificates to fabulous restaurants), and booths for anti-trafficking groups.

Join us from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3185 Wilson Blvd. to socialize while learning about the growing problem of human trafficking and efforts to eradicate it.

Buy your tickets now and save or choose one of our donation options!  Click on “Buy Tickets” link below  If you are supporting a specific organization please note this in the comments section when checking out.

$30 regular ticket (beverages and food – $35 at the door)
Buy Tickets here:

Innocents at Risk 2017 Gala Photos


Photos by Neshan Naltchayan

Innocents at Risk Annual Gala 2017

Innocents at Risk Annual Gala

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Organization of American States

Photo by Neshan Naltchayan

Photo by Neshan Naltchayan

Dear Friends of Innocents at Risk,

It’s hard to believe that Innocents at Risk’s Gala was a week from today. Thank you for all of your kind comments, generous support, but most of all, thank you for being at the 2017 Innocents at Risk Gala. We would like to thank Ambassador and Mrs. Perez for arranging for Innocents at Risk to have the Gala at the beautiful Organization of American States. Thank you my dear friend, Barbara Harrison, for being our Master of Ceremony for the 10th time. Everyone loved having you there! A special thank you to Jennifer and Mark Axmacher for being the Event Chairs. You and your committee brought a special enthusiasm the the event and the evening. The OAS looked so beautiful and we appreciate the staff at the OAS for being so helpful. The music by the wonderful band, Trio Caliente, was fabulous and fun. It was great to see the dance floor full! The evening was also a success because of the delicious food and gorgeous tables, thank you Occasions and Ultra Violet for making it such a special event! In addition, we have to thank Washington Life, The Georgetowner, Tony Powell and Neshan Naltchayan for covering our event.

We are so grateful that Matt Osborne, the Senior Vice President of Operation Underground Railroad, was with us to share what they do. Operation Underground Railroad is an incredible organization of heros. Innocents at Risk was proud to present O.U.R. with the “Making a Difference” Award. Matt and all of O.U.R. are truly making a difference by saving innocent children and Innocents at Risk is proud to be their partner. Innocents at Risk is planning a trip to the Dominican Republic soon to ensure safe homes for the rescued children .

The Gala is over, but our work will continue in the U.S. and abroad. We are looking forward to working with the Salvation Army, Airline Ambassadors, and the D.C. Task Force and continuing to educate children in schools. Everything we do is for the children.

Thank you for supporting to 2017 Gala. We look forward to working with you all. In the coming weeks we will send out a list of suggestions for how you can get involved directly with Innocents at Risk. We will continue to expand and keep children safe!

Thank you and God bless you all.



Child trafficking remains one of the fastest growing criminal industries.  In the United States, 300 thousand children are forced into child prostitution and child pornography every year.  Worldwide, human trafficking is an estimated $150 billion industry.  And right here in our nation’s capital, child trafficking is a $100 million industry.

As parents ourselves, we felt the need to take action once we heard these stories and saw these statistics.  We had no idea that our own backyards ar open targets to human traffickers, and we need your help in keeping our children safe.

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Innocents at Risk will bring together member so the Administration, leaders in Congress, government leaders, member of the Diplomatic Corps, corporate communities, philanthropic organizations and non-government associations to celebrate the accomplishments we have made over the past 11 years to fight for an end to child trafficking and to continue to drive awareness of this despicable crime across our nation and international waters.  It is truly an honor for us to chair this year’s Gala for Innocents at Risk and support the work of Founder, Deborah Sigmund.

We are deeply grateful that the event will be held at the beautiful Organization of American States, under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, José Thomás Pérez and his wife, Mrs. Caridad de Pérez.

During the Gala, Innocents at Risk will recognize Members of Congress who have been committed to this issue over the years and spearheaded the fight against child trafficking.  We are also pleased to recognize Matt Osborne and the work of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization dedicated to rescuing victims of child trafficking.  In the pst two years of their existence, O.U.R has rescued 608 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 275 traffickers around the world.  We sincerely hope that you will join us for an exceptional evening of inspiration.

Awareness works – but we need your help to continue our mission.  The success of our Gala and your ongoing financial contributions will allow us to continue programs such as our “Kids Stay Safe” campaign, which brings our message to schools across the United States.  Your involvement in our organization has made a difference, and we are asking you once again for your unwavering support.

Formal invitation will follow, but we ask you to please consider being a sponsor for this event.  Enclosed is a sponsorship form.  We will be hosting a special reception to recognize those who have graciously offered to provide this level of patronage.

Yours in cause,

Jennifer and Mark

Jennifer and Mark Axmacher
Innocents at Risk 2017 Gala Event Chairs


Rally Against Child Sex Trafficking

Our Children of Color DC Rally Against Child Sex Trafficking

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Freedom Plaza
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Visit for information


Two free screenings of the movie SOLD

Human Trafficking Awareness Month SOLD Film Screenings

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00pm–8:25pm
Presented by Child Labor Coalition and Juanita Headley Esq.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A5
901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, United States, 20001
Free Admission


Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00pm–9:00pm
Google, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20001
Free Admission


9th Annual Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament



Champagne & Shopping at Ann Hand’s


Join Innocents at Risk for Holiday Cheer At Burberry in City Center!


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SOLD the Movie Presented by Innocents at Risk

A special thank you to all who came to the Film Screening of SOLD Nov 17th.

Innocents at Risk would like to thank the George Town Club for turning their dining room into a movie theater!  It was the perfect setting. I am so grateful to Film Director Jeffrey Brown and Producer, Jane Charles for making this incredible film .

The film has certainly opened many eyes to the the horrific issue of Child Trafficking, while giving us all the desire to do more in order to Prevent this evil from ever happening to children!!

Please help us spread this message!



8th Annual Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament
August 19, 2016
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort
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Innocents at Risk presents the movie SOLD at Christ Church Georgetown

Thursday, September 29
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Christ Church
31st and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20007


Please join Innocents at Risk at Christ Church Georgetown for a presentation of a Film Screening of the Hollywood Movie SOLD. SOLD is a heartwarming story of a young girl’s courage. SOLD is directed by Academy Award Winner Director, Jeffery Brown, and Produced by Jane Charles. Come see how you can be a light to end the evil of modern day slavery.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students. All proceeds will go to Innocents at Risk to help continue fight this grave injustice. Light refreshments will be provided.

You may RSVP for the event in advance at

Or to the office of Innocents at Risk at or (202) 625-4338

Innocents at Risk 10th Anniversary Gala


Innocents at Risk Founder Deb Sigmund speaks at Cesar Chavez High School in DC


On June 7th, Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund was asked to speak at Cesar Chavez High School in DC, in order to assist the students on their end of the year projects on human trafficking. Deborah spoke to the students on the realities of child sex trafficking, and the possible warning signs that could save their or another’s life one day in the future. In addition to her presentation, the film Sold was shown to the students to demonstrate the tragic realities of child trafficking.

Thank you to the teachers who invited Innocents at Risk to address their students! We were happy to be there and glad everyone liked the film SOLD which a tremendous awareness film! We thank all
the students ( 70 plus ) for their participation!!!


Sex Trafficking in Our Schools with The Connecticut State Police

June 24, 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 PM
Connecticut State Police Academy
285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT 06450
Sex Trafficking In Our Schools Course Announcement

Sex Trafficking In Our Schools

The Connecticut State Police in conjunction with The University of New Haven Center for Forensic Investigation of Trafficking in Persons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be offering a free ½ day seminar on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Schools.

Training Description:
The seminar is designed to provide law enforcement officers with the skills necessary to identify, investigate and interview victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). The first module of the seminar will provide law enforcement officers with an overview of the Connecticut statutes regarding DMST, what red flags to look for when identifying DMST, the tactics trafficker’s use and why victims stay with the trafficker. The second module of the seminar will provide law enforcement officers with the necessary skills to effectively interview victims of DMST.

Who Should Attend:
The seminar is intended only for Law Enforcement Officers, but especially for Investigators, Youth Officers and School Resource Officers (SROs) addressing the inherent problem of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in our schools. Those who attend the training seminar will be eligible for POSTC Review Training Credit as follows: Curriculum Area V: Criminal Investigation, 4 hours.

No Fee. Registration deadline is
June 10, 2016. Email completed registration form to

Date and Time:
Friday, June 24, 2016,
9:00AM – 1:00PM

Training Location:
Connecticut State Police Academy
285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06450

Detective Matthew Greenstein
Connecticut State Police
Central District Major Crime
CT Human Trafficking Taskforce
Martha J. Finnegan, MSW LCSW
Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer
Office for Victim Assistance
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Cocktails for a Cause

July 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
The Georgetown Club
1530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
To RSVP on Eventbrite click on the following link:

To RSVP to Innocents at Risk, email and checks can be mailed to Innocents at Risk at 1101 30th Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20007.


What Will It Take to End Human Trafficking?

The Role Media Plays & A Rarely Heard Voice from the Trafficker’s Perspective
A 90-Minute Panel Discussion
Deborah Sigmund will be speaking at this event
Monday, March 14, 2016, 8:30 am
CCUN Building, 2nd floor
777 UN Plaza, NYC


Download flyer here

SOLD the Movie Screening

Innocents at Risk is proud to partner with the movie SOLD!

April 22-May 5, 2016
Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market
550 Penn Street NE, Washington, DC
Purchase Tickets Here

SOLD FILM TRAILER 2016 from Jaya International on Vimeo.

SOLD's director Jeffrey Brown, producer Jane Charles, and star Seirah Royin participating in the Q&A

SOLD’s director Jeffrey Brown, producer Jane Charles, and star Seirah Royin participating in the Q&A

In the past week, Innocents at Risk has been very busy working with our partners, friends, and supporters to bring more awareness to the issue of child trafficking! Innocents at Risk was proud to be at George Washington University on Thursday, April 21st, for the screening of SOLD. Innocents at Risk, EPACT USA, Save the Children, and Vital Voices joined SOLD’s Director and Producer on the stage to speak to the audience.

Producer Jane Charles, Sophie Edbrooke, Deborah Sigmund, and Director Jeffrey Brown at SOLD's DC premiere

Producer Jane Charles, Sophie Edbrooke, Deborah Sigmund, and Director Jeffrey Brown at SOLD’s DC premiere

SOLD tells the uplifting story of a 12-year-old girl who is trafficked and eventually escapes. It is still being shown all week, so take advantage of this opportunity to see a spectacular film and bring more awareness to trafficking!

SOLD is currently showing at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Angelika Pop-Up is located at 550 Penn Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002. SOLD screenings will continue from today until May 5th, due to popular demand. Purchase tickets here!

Jane Charles also attended the American Mothers, Inc. 81st Annual Conference with Deborah Sigmund, our Founder and Executive Director. AMI celebrates honors mothers at home, at work, and throughout the world. Deborah was selected by AMI as DC Metropolitan Area Mother of the Year 2013 for her work in human trafficking. She was excited to bring awareness to the issue and to the film SOLD to mothers throughout the country so that they can aid in fighting this crime!

Jane Charles speaking to AMI members

Jane Charles speaking to AMI members

Joan Braitsch, Jane Charles, and Deborah Sigmund at the AMI Convention

Joan Braitsch, Jane Charles, and Deborah Sigmund at the AMI Convention



Innocents at Risk is excited to announce that we are partnering with the movie SOLD, produced by Emma Thompson, directed by Academy Award-winning Jeffrey Brown, and starring David Arquette! Innocents at Risk will also be partnering with the movie SOLD for the Premiere in New York (April 1).

David Arquette appeared on the Today show this morning to promote Sold and speak about his role in the film. You can find his interview here! Everyone must see this film!!

Please join Innocents at Risk on April 22-29 at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market (550-E Penn Street NE)! For more information about the film, please visit

Flight attendants train to spot human trafficking

Last Wednesday, January 20, our Founder and Director, Deborah Sigmund, was interviewed on MSNBC by Ayman Mohyeldin. Deborah spoke of working with Sandra Fiorini, Senior American Airlines flight attendant, in 2008 to to begin the Flight Attendant Initiative. In 2010, Deborah and Sandra testified to the Human Rights Commission (led by Representative Jim McGovern). Through our ongoing work with the Flight Attendant Initiative, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888), and Airline Ambassadors, thousands of lives have been saved. You can view the segment here.

Innocents at Risk is extremely grateful to MSNBC and host Ayman Mohyeldin for having Innocents at Risk appear on MSNBC’s Road Map. The media can play, and is playing, a tremendous part in helping us to fight this evil. Innocents at Risk has learned that Awareness is Prevention. Please continue to help us inform the public that Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion Annual Industry. We must stop it!!!

If you see something suspicious,
report it!

Remember, a phone call or an alert from you could save a life. Report suspicious activity to your nearest law enforcement officer, call 911, or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

If you would like to have the Innocents at Risk team come to your school, organization, or group, you can reach us at, or at our office at 202-625-4338.

Please visit our website for more information.

If you would like to help Innocents at Risk continue our work against human trafficking, text AWARE to 41444 or visit to donate any amount with your credit or debit card.

MSNBC, January 20, 2016
Advocates are trying to take their fight against human trafficking to the skies. Deborah Sigmund from Innocents At Risk joins Ayman Mohyeldin to discuss.
Watch the video here»

Human Trafficking Awareness Event

Innocents at Risk will participate in
Soroptimist Presents
Human Trafficking Awareness
Focusing on Victim Services
Saturday, January 9, 2016
11:oo AM – 2:30 PM
Kelly Leadership Center
14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA
Free! Public Invited


Shopping & Champagne

Deborah, Ann Hand, and Kelley Paul Edi Gutierez PicMonkey-Collage

Innocents at Risk
invites you for
Ann Hand’s Beautiful Shop
4:00 – 7:00 PM
3236 Prospect Street NW, Washington DC
RSVP 202-625-4338


Hope for the Holidays

Innocents at Risk would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and donate to the cause. We are also very pleased that the Hope for the Holidays event raised almost $15,000.

Contributions are being accepted through December 31st. If you would like to donate click here. The proceeds raised from Hope for the Holidays will be divided between: Amara Legal Center, Courtney’s House, Innocents at Risk, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative, and Restoration Ministries.

Pictures of the event have been uploaded here:
Thank you again for your continued support! We hope to see you in September for the DC Stop Modern Slavery’s 2016 WalkFest!
DC Stop Modern Slavery – Love 146 – Clarendon Ballroom

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When: Tuesday, November 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Innocents at Risk is proud to announce that we have been selected to participate in Hope for the Holidays, in partnership with DC Stop Modern Slavery. It is going to be a great day working towards a great cause with all the other NGOs.

DC Stop Modern Slavery, Love146 and the Clarendon Ballroom are pleased to bring you “Hope for the Holidays”. Experience the season of giving in a new way with this special celebration. Come out to Clarendon Ballroom and witness how survivors of human trafficking, through their stories and various forms of artistic expression, demonstrate their ability to triumph after tragedy. This uplifting educational opportunity will feature a sale of survivors’ handmade crafts and a stage performance, along with raffles and a popular local band. Beverages and food are also included. Mark your calendar today for an event you won’t soon forget!

Register, Sponsor, Donate, Share:

Registration Levels
Abolitionist ($25) – Event entry, hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets
Abolitionist Jr. ($15) – Event entry, hors d’oeuvres **For those under 21 years old**

Sponsorship Levels
Basic Sponsorship ($250) – includes logo featured on marketing materials and during the event
Table Sponsorship ($500) – includes logo featured on marketing material and reserved table at the event
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All proceeds benefit local anti-human trafficking organizations.
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An Evening of Champagne & Shopping to Benefit Innocents at Risk

Wednesday, November 18 – 6-8pmbr>
3300 M Street NW, Washington DC

10% of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Innocents at Risk Up to $2500


Lunch with author Rachel Moran

Special Invitation!!


Kandie Stroud, CEO
Stroud Communications
Jan DuPlain, President
Du Plain Global Enterprises, Inc & NPC member
Invite you to lunch with author
Rachel Moran

Friday, October 2
12:30-2:00 pm
Sarah McClendon News Room
The National Press Club,
529 14th Street NW 13th Floor
Washington, DC

Delicious NPC buffet luncheon (hot & cold) may be purchased for $12

Journalist Dublin-based women’s rights activist and former prostitute, Rachel Moran will discuss her book, PAID FOR: My Journey Through Prostitution (W.W. Norton, September 2015), as well as her world- wide campaign to end trafficking and aid victims of sex slavery. Ms. Moran will discuss her experiences of working in the Irish sex industry from the age of 15-22.


Jan Du Plain at or
Kandie Stroud
John Hurley
McClendon News Service

Compassion Through Fashion

Runway Fashion, Wine, Silent Auction & More!
September 12, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Embassy of France, Washington, DC

Please join us for a dazzling event to support Arco Iris America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children in Bolivia with LOVE, nourishing meals, safe shelter, education, as well as medical and dental care. It is because you care, that we can.



7th Annual Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament

When: Friday, August 21, 2015
Where: Trump International Golf Club
100 Clubhouse Drive, Rio Grande, PR 00745
More info:


Release of 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

Monday, July 27, 2015
10:00 AM
The Dean Acheson Auditorium
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC


Our Children Are Not For Sale

Please join us for a discussion about combating child sex trafficking in the United States.
Monday, June 29, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, MN 55114

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Cocktails for a Cause

Cocktails for a Cause

Location: The George Town Club
1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets: $60




The Andrew & Mary P. O’Neal Cares Project Benefit Concert

Honoring Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope
Innocents at Risk
Saturday, September 19, 2015
7 pm – 9 pm
The Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

For tickets and more information visit


Justice Summit: Teen Trafficking in NOVA

A 3-Day Summit Spotlighting Human Trafficking in Northern Virginia
September 24-26, 2015
Capital Church
10233 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

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Resilience: Best of the Girl Be Heard 2014-2015

Girl Be Heard’s most exciting show of the year is only 6 days away!


Resilience: Best of the Girl Be Heard 2014-2015
Thursday, May 21st at 7:30pm
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC
Doors open at 7pm
Bar/lounge opens earlier 6:30pm
Come early for our special Girl Be Heard Cocktail!

Join us for this special night of art and activism.
Girl Be Heard will celebrate the work our girls
created over the past year, featuring excerpts from
America’s Dirty Secret, Generations, Displaced, and GirlPower.

Purchase your tickets here.

You will definitely want to stay late to hang with our fun and fabulous Amplifiers,
the young profressonals committee, who put this amazing evening together.

Is there a better way to spend a lovely spring Thursday than at a Girl Be Heard show all about the super human strength and resiliency of women and girls? We can’t think of one.

2015 CBCF Spring Interns of the Black Caucus Foundation Graduation

On May 6, Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund was invited to attend the Graduation Ceremony of the 2015 CBCF Spring Interns of the Black Caucus Foundation in a celebration of the vast achievements of the interns. The event was sponsored by Regina Dillard of State Farm and Wanda Simmons and Micaela Fernandez of Walmart. It was a true privilege for Deborah to be there as she served as one of the interns’ mentors and speakers during their stay in DC. She was so impressed with these students who chose the topic of human trafficking as their project. These young men and women are all future leaders that will go far. Most importantly, they continue to spread awareness of the urgent need to keep children safe!

Innocents at Risk is invited to attend the Black Caucus Foundation celebration of the vast achievements of our 2015 CBCF Spring Interns. The event occurs on Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 6-8 pm


2015 ROASA 3rd Annual Women’s Unconditional Love Retreat

Residence by the Marriott in Washington , DC
333 E. Street, SW
Washington, DC
May 8th 2015 at 3:00 PM  -  May 9th 2015 at 6:00 PM

Sharon Parker, President for the Remembering Our Ancestors Synergistic Association (ROASA), is bringing together professionals to mentor youth in a variety of professional industries.  The retreat serves as a platform to connect more professionals with the next generation of inspiring leaders and professionals.

American Mothers Luncheon



Human Trafficking Awareness PSA Screening and Panel Discussion

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Interns Presents:
Human Trafficking Awareness PSA Screening and Panel Discussion
April 27,2015
Howard University Blackburn Auditorium
Program & Speaker Schedule (pdf)


Deborah Sigmund participated in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Interns Presents:
Human Trafficking Awareness PSA Screening and Panel Discussion, April 27, 2015

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International Student House Event

International Student House
is pleased to invite you to a
special event, hosted by
Innocents at Risk
Raiding Awareness about Human Trafficking
with IAR Founder/Director
Deborah S. Sigmund
Monday, April 27, 2015
7:30 – 8:30 PM
Great Hall
1825 R Street NW
Washington, DC
RSVP to Jennifer Simpson 202-232-4007 x209


Shop to Benefit Innocents at Risk


Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
RSVP to 202-295-2829

Invitation to an Exclusive Shopping Event

Invite you to an exclusive shopping event
Tuesday April 21, 2015
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Ellie Tahari
Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102

RSVP to 571-765-3396 or
A portion of all proceeds will benefit Innocents at Risk


Human Trafficking: Solutions to a Global Epidemic

We are excited to again be sponsoring a parallel panel event during the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.  We will be gathering international experts in the field of Human Trafficking, including Tim Ballard with Operation Underground Railroad, and Deborah Sigmund, with Innocents at Risk to discuss possible solutions to this global epidemic.

Our parallel event will be on Tuesday, March 10th with the full session of the CSW taking place from March 9-21, 2015.  If you are interested in attending or assisting with our event, please let us know HERE so we can keep you informed on the details relating to this special event!

Pictured below with American Mothers Delegate to the United Nations Dianne Callister, is Tim Ballard, with Operation Underground Railroad.


Benefit for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking Will Be Held at Broadway’s Finding Neverland





An inaugural fundraiser to benefit Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking (ATRVT) will be held March 21 at the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland, a story about how Peter became Pan.

Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a Washington D.C. foundation established to help rescue victims of child sex trafficking, was established in 2014 by author and journalist Conchita Sarnoff, who serves as executive director.

The mission of ATRVT is to “rescue and rehabilitate sex-trafficked victims in North America, to establish the first ‘safe house’ for girls who have been trafficked for sex and to raise awareness for what has been described as ‘the largest slave trade in history.’”

The March 21 benefit event includes a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at New York’s Le Cirque Restaurant (151 E. 58th Street) at 5 PM, followed by transportation to Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.) for VIP seating at the 8 PM performance of Finding Neverland.

The new musical stars Tony and Emmy Award nominee Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) and five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier) under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

The musical, opening April 15, is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, and follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be.

For more about the Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking, visit For more about Finding Neverland, visit

Champagne and Shopping

Innocents at Risk thanks Ann Hand for opening up her beautiful Georgetown Shop for Champagne and Shopping donating 15 percent of all purchases to Innocents at Risk



Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk

Innocents at Risk was so pleased to have been a part of the Everyone’s Kids Everyone Gives Campaign.
We were so fortunate to have raised more than $2,000.00 in just a few hours. We would like to thank all those who attended the event, and a special thanks to Cafe Milano for hosting our event on this day of giving.


Lincoln Park United Methodist Church
1301 North Carolina Ave., NE Wash., DC 20002
Sat., November 8, 2014
9:30 am – 12 noon

Donations Benefit Innocents at Risk


Walk-a-thon against Child Trafficking
Sponsored by the Youth & Communications Ministries
Walk Registration Fee – $10.00; Make checks payable to LPUMC; in
Memo Line write “Child trafficking”

All can participate! You can participate by walking around the park or sponsoring someone to walk around the park or getting donations from family/friends/co-worker or by giving generously! Walk Sponsor forms are in the Narthex. Three laps around Lincoln Park will equal one mile. Donations will be given to Innocents at Risk.


2014 Human Trafficking Conversation Series: Human Trafficking 101

Human Trafficking 101:
A Conversation with Mrs. Cindy McCain and Ernie Allen

October 16, 2015, 5:00 PM

Please join Two Partners of Innocents at Risk:  Ernie Allen is Founder of The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. He is a friend and advisor of our organization The McCain Institute is a Partner of Innocents at Risk.  We salute Cindy McCain for her dedication to help raise awareness of Human Trafficking.

The McCain Institute’s commitment to strengthening character-driven global leadership is reflected in its own efforts to support humanitarian action. Inspired by Mrs. Cindy McCain’s life-long support of humanitarian causes, the Institute has taken a focus on the critical humanitarian area of human trafficking.
Through the Human Trafficking Conversation Series, the McCain Institute seeks to raise awareness and educate the public on the complex issue that is human trafficking and ways that we can help eliminate it.

Join us for our kick-off conversation, “Human Trafficking 101,” a one-on-one discussion between Mrs. Cindy McCain and Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.

Doors open: 5:00 pm MST
Conversation begins: 5:30 pm MST
Reception begins: 7:00 pm MST

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU
555 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004




A Morning Coffee for Wives of Ambassadors and Diplomats

The Christian Embassy Cordially invites you to
A Morning Coffee for Wives of Ambassadors and Diplomats

235On Monday October 27th Deborah Sigmund, founder of Innocents at Risk, was asked by the Christian Embassy to speak to a group of Ambassador’s wives and other ladies from the Diplomatic community. We were hosted by the wife of the Ambassador of Malawi to the United States, Isabel Metenje at the Residential Embassy for Malawi. We are so grateful to the Christian Embassy for allowing us to share our mission.

In 2005 Innocents at Risk established a partnership with the Department of State. Since that time Innocents at risk has been blessed to have been hosted by over 20 Embassies in the Washington area as well as The U.S. Consulate in Chicago. These awareness events have been and continue to be vital to our work.

At the event, Deborah gave her background story about how she became involved with the issue, child trafficking, and how as a mother she could not stand by and let innocent children be harmed. She spoke of her trip to Sweden to meet Queen Silvia and discuss the horrors of child trafficking. Queen Silvia agreed to be interviewed for the Awareness film, which we were producing at the time. Innocents at Risk completed the film, which was shown at the event, giving all who were in attendance some critical background information about the issue. Deborah spoke passionately about the Innocents at Risk Flight Attendant Initiative. She asked Sandra Fiorini, Senior American Flight Attendant, to join her at the podium to comment on specific red flag situations which she and other airline personnel have seen in the air. Deborah stated the reason the Flight Attendant Initiative has been so successful in saving lives, has been working directly with The Department of Homeland Security.

What was so amazing about this event was how passionately these women responded to the work of Deborah and Innocents at Risk. Many were surprised when they found out sex trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry world-wide, and occurs everywhere. No child is safe, we must be vigilant. All of the women from the various countries in attendance, showed interest and passion in continuing conversation with Innocents at Risk in order to help spread awareness wherever they can. We are excited and look forward to working with each and every Embassy that is interested in helping us achieve our mission to stop child trafficking.

Innocents at Risk will continue to do everything in our power to ensure all people are educated on the issue of child trafficking. Education is awareness and AWARENESS IS PREVENTION! Our partnerships with the Embassies and Department of State are critical because the more voices brought together, the louder our mission will be heard. It is important we continue to expand knowledge throughout the DC area as well as abroad. Please feel free to contact our office if you would like to have us share information with your Embassy, school, company, or organization.


Guest Speaker:
Deborah Sigmund
Director of Innocence at Risk

“Child Trafficking”

2.2 million children are sold into sex trade each year – 4 children per minute.  Innocents at Risk is dedicated to partnering with Government Officials, Diplomats, and NGOs to expand awareness about the problem and seek solutions.  Working together is the best hope we have to intelligently end the abuse. When we share ideas, stories, and support we put a huge dent into the trafficking world.

Mrs. Isabel Matenje
Residence of the Ambassador of Malawi
7317 Brookstone Court
Potomac, MD  20854

(Directions below)

Feel free to bring other ladies from your embassy!

This event is hosted for your enjoyment by Christian Embassy.  Christian Embassy is a non-political, inter-denominational organization serving as a spiritual resource to international diplomats, U.S. government and military officials in Washington and in other capitals of the world.

RSVP (or questions) to Kitty at

Directions to 7317 Brookstone Court in Potomac, MD

BY WAY OF RIVER ROAD: Take I-495 to exit 39 going to River Road toward Potomac. When you come to Potomac Village, turn left onto Falls Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left onto Brickyard Road.    Drive just under 2 miles and turn left on Darmuid Green Drive and then take the next right onto Brookestone Court.  Isabel lives right on the corner of Darmuid Green and Brookstone Court.

BY WAY OF CLARA BARTON: Take I-495 to exit 41 going to Clara Barton Pkwy in Potomac. Continue on Clara Barton Pkwy 1.5 miles to MacArthur Blvd and turn left. Take the first right onto Brickyard.   Go less than ½ mile and turn at first right onto Darmuid Green. Take the next right onto Brookstone Court.  Isabel lives right on the corner of Darmuid Green and Brookstone Court.


10557359_10152209430835919_5053230818231811100_nSaturday, October 4th, Innocents at Risk was pleased to have participated as a partner in the 6th annual Walk on the National Mall hosted by Stop Modern Slavery. We are
proud to announce that the walk was a great success!

There were a large number of exhibitor organizations and attendees. Innocents at  Risk actively engaged with hundreds  of participants, handing out brochures and  arming them with information on our mission. The day was filled with speeches from inspirational people, music,  partnership, and awareness among a crowd of allies  in the fight against Human Trafficking. Innocents at risk was proud to have been a part of such an amazing event that brought together so many wonderful organizations
that are fighting to end Human Trafficking right here in DC.

Here’s what our Interns have to say about the walk:

“As an intern, I found the WalkFest to be a very valuable experience.  There were a variety of notable and inspiring speakers, such as Maria Odom, the chair of the Blue Campaign for the Department of Homeland Security, and Jerome Elam, a columnist and a survivor of trafficking himself.  The large number of organizations and attendees displayed a vast amount of support for aiding survivors and working for an end to human trafficking.” Kathleen Daly

“The walk was a wonderful collaboration of non-profits, volunteers, speakers, and government organizations who all contributed to the walks success and supplied crucial information.” Katelynn Price

“The event itself was a huge social gathering of many different people with one common goal, to end human trafficking, and the more people that are educated on the subject, the more awareness that is out there, and the closer we are to winning the fight against modern day slavery. ” Ryanna Morua

“I enjoyed seeing the collaboration and partnership among organizations right here in DC that are committed to combating Human Trafficking. Thought these bonds of partnerships and collaboration we can spread more awareness to and bring an end to this heinous crime that leaves its victims scared.”  Safi Lashley


For our interns this was their first walk, but for our founder Deborah Sigmund the transformation of the movement over the past 6 years has been incredible.

“It is amazing seeing how the The Walk to Stop Modern Slavery has grown from a little grassroots event to a huge movement. At the first walk, in 2009, I was speaking to the crowd pleading with them to inform the community that  “this is happening  in the US! this problem is a reality within our borders, and we need to spread the awareness to stop it”. On Saturday the awareness has grown and people were reaching out saying i want to help!”

We would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the WalkFest. Your participation is what helped make this years walk a great success! The momentum for the movement has picked up speed, and we need your continued support to ensure that it stays that way! Help us put an end to Child Trafficking!

Warm Regards,

The Innocents at Risk Team


Once again this year, Innocents at Risk has been selected as a partner in The Walk on the National Mall (Stop Modern Slavery Walkfest). We are excited to be participating in this important event, and we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.
Please join Innocents at Risk and our NGO walk partners at the Walkfest on the National Mall. We will be walking to support the fight against child trafficking, which is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Each year 2.2 million children are sold into slavery.  In the DC metropolitan area, the trafficking of children is a $100 million industry. By supporting us in this walk you are helping raise awareness for child trafficking in DC and around the country.
THROUGH RAISING AWARENESS WE CAN PREVENT THE TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN. We ask you to support Innocents at Risk by registering for our team. You do not need to be present at the walk, but by adding your name and donating to our team you will show your support for cause.
To Register
1.     Go to the Walkfest website:
2.     Click on “Register Now”
3.     You will be directed to the Walkfest FirstGiving page
4.     Click on the green “Register” button
5.     Select the donation type that is right for you
6.     Fill out your personal information and choose Innocents at Risk as the beneficiary organization
7.     On the next page it will ask you to join a team, search Innocents at Risk in the search bar
8.     Complete registration

**Check in begins at 9am on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial & Constitution Gardens (Constitution Ave. NW & 19th St NW, Washington, DC). The official program will begin at 10 am. This is an all-day event.
Free T-shirt with registration

Innocents at Risk thanks you for your support. Together we can eradicate child trafficking!
Best Regards,

We appreciate all donations!

Reception at the Embassy of Canada

Monday evening, September 22, 2014 the Embassy of Canada hosted the Building Parternships: Combatting Human Trafficking Reception. We thank Pam Lambo, Senior Public Affairs Advocacy Officer, for planning the wonderful event, Ambassador Gary Doer for his support, Sheila Riordan, Minister of Political Affairs and the Embassy of Canada for providing the beautiful Arctic Room for the reception. We united as leaders from Homeland Security, the Administration, Members of Congress, Government Officials, Diplomats, and NGOs.

Speeches and Support

The Canadian’s Women Foundation’s President Sheherazade Hirji spoke about how their organization is determined to end trafficking. She focused on the need to support women and girls who have been victims of sex trafficking and rebuilding their lives after mental and physical abuse. We thank them for realizing what a crucial issue this is and using their organization as a tool to gather data, provide education and support victims. Victims who can heal enough to take a stand and use their bravery to end the abuse.

Our president, Deborah Sigmund, was able to speak about our fight against Human Trafficking. She thanked Ambassador Gary Doer and the Embassy of Canada for hosting the event. She spoke about our mission of education and prevention. Innocents at Risk is dedicated to expand awareness and stated that it is essential to inform everyone including our education system, schools and the general public. She explained how the Flight Attendant Initiative has educated flight attendants on the signs of human trafficking and what to do when they suspect it is happening. We are especially proud to work with the Department of Homeland Security and The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. Our mission is to partner with the Administration, Members of Congress, Government Officials, Diplomats, and NGOs who are fighting human trafficking. With partnerships we are able to work together in order to find a way to quickly and intelligently resist and fight the dominance that trafficking has. When we share ideas, stories, and support we put a huge dent into the trafficking world.

“As the father of two daughters, I never want anyone to be a victim of this most heinous crime. The more we are aware of what this modern-day slavery looks like and how to report it, the less profit criminals make from these operations. We can’t win this battle alone, we have to join forces and Canada and the U.S. are doing just that.” -Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer

We thank Pam Lambo for organizing the event and all the work she did to make the event wonderful. We’re especially proud to be a partner with the Embassy of Canada for all of the efforts they take. We thank them and every single person who stands with us behind this cause.

The Everyone’s Kids Campaign

Innocents at Risk Cocktail Reception
at Cafe Milano, September 16 2014


Please join us to celebrate and support

The Everyone’s Kids Campaign
September 16, 2014

Everyone’s Kids is an Impact Campaign and
A National Day of Giving supporting over 100 NPO’s
fighting child trafficking in the US!

Cafe Milano
The Wine Room
3251 Prospect Street
NW Washington, DC 20007

Cocktail Reception.  6-8pm
Tickets $100 per person $30 Student
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

Hosted by:
Everyone’s Kids
Innocents at Risk
Erica Gutierrez  Pam Brown
Carlos Gutierrez  Victoria Michael
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Cafe Milano  Washington Life Magazine
Bisnow Media

To Attend This Event
Click on the following Link and choose the
$100 donation:

2 Weeks to Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Day of Giving!

Donations are for Innocents at Risk

The Campaign Momentum is Building!

Share the public service announcement by filmmaker Jesse Dylan with your network to drive awareness of the issue and the Day of Giving.

Use the Media Toolkit for suggested Tweets to spread the word!

The Media Are Talking About September 16th!

MTV showcases Everyone Kids, Everyone Gives!



AAI and IAR Training on Human Trafficking Awareness

August 27, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel
400 Geoge J. Bean Parkway
Tampa GFL

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Florida Prevednting Abuse Conference

Protecting Women and Children from Trafficking and Abduction

Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund will speak at the Conference

June 13,14, 2014

Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, Tampa Florida

Early Bird Rate is $89.00 per person

To register for the conference please click the ”registration” link

Date/Time:  June 13, 2014   8:00 A.M  to 4:30 P.M.

Date/Time:  June 14, 2014   8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Hotel room reservations only call 800-564-3440

(Please tell them you are with Preventing Abuse Conference to get the

$99.00 per night rate which is for a limited time)

Free Self Parking

Conference information: visit, call 323-851-3872, or email

Letter from Deborah Sigmund to Tony Nassif, the President and Founder of the Preventing Abuse Foundation

Dear Tony,

As the 2013 Washington, D.C. area Mother of the Year and Founder of Innocents at Risk, I’d like to thank you for organizing the Preventing Abuse Conference in Tampa, Florida June 13th. CHILDREN ARE AT RISK, and they are being TAKEN and SOLD for profit. Mothers throughout our country should unite and help protect ALL children! This conference will shine a light on this major issue and help keep children safe. Innocents at Risk applauds your efforts in helping us continue our mission. I look forward to seeing you in Tampa.

Warm regards,

Deborah Sigmund
Founder and Director of Innocents at Risk
2013 Washington, D.C. Mother of the Year




Friday, June 20, 2014
Delegates Dining Room, United Nations
2 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Please join Innocents at Risk for this opportunity to honor individuals making a difference. This event is held by We Care For Humanity, a global non-profit organization. The mission is to promote the development of healthy international relations between and among nations through a strong foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world by shaping humanity through education, health, fitness, wellness, beauty, culture and the arts.

The 2nd Annual Global Officials of Dignity Awards (GOD Awards) is an international award giving institution, which honors individuals who have outstanding civic and charitable stewardship and have significantly improved the quality of life in their communities through their expertise, talents and skills in the fields of Business, Philanthropy, Arts and Entertainment. Innocents at Risk is proud to be a part of this event.

Tickets are 500$ per individual
To purchase tickets go online at
or contact the Innocents at Risk office at 202-625-7396

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Engines That Drive Human Trafficking


Wednesday March 12, 2014
7:00 PM
The Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10128
:L.O.V.E. – Liberate Ourselves, Value Everyone

Download Press Release

 Download Event Flyer

TRICKED, A Feature Documentary

March 24, 2014
Reston Town Center
Reston, Virginia



Please join us in bringing this film and the issue of human trafficking out of the darkness and into the light. By supporting this awareness initiative you are bringing this film to a main stream theater at Reston Town Center on Monday, March 24th at 7:00pm. Modern day slavery is alive and well in the United States, as thousands of victims are trafficked throughout the country to satisfy America’s $3 billion a year sex trafficking industry. Meet the traffickers, the Johns, the police, the parents, and the victims of America’s thriving sex trade in TRICKED, a comprehensive documentary that uncovers the domestic issue of human trafficking. This film takes a raw and honest look at the issue of human trafficking within the United States through interviews with victims examining the recruiting and control tactics utilized by traffickers as well as the ‘Johns’ who are feeding this issue. Check out the event flyer here.


Airline Ambassadors Members Conference Washington DC

Members Conference in Washington DC on Monday, April 28, 2014.

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  All are welcome.

To Register: send an email 


We will present each of our programs – Children’s Medical Escort; Humanitarian Missions and Human Trafficking Awareness Training.  It will be a great chance to get together personally, network with our Executive Council, Program Coordinators, Mission Leaders and have fun!

Hotel Location not yet finalized, but all RSVP’s will receive details soon. 

For those interested in becoming certified to give Human Trafficking Awareness training in their home cities or around the world, we will also offer a “Train the Trainer” session the following day from 9:00 am – 3:pm.  (Cost for this training will be $30 to cover materials.)

Check out recent publicity on this program from our recent training’s in Phoenix, San Jose and Congressional Testimony Click HERE

Many thanks to Sherry Peters mobilizing support for Human Trafficking Awareness and who will manage RSVP list.  (picture- Congressman Honda and Sherry from our training in San Jose, CA)

The Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2014 Charity Masquerade Ball Event


Please join Innocents at Risk in supporting The Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce (KAWCC)’s annual black-tie charity event. This year’s event is a Venetian Themed “Masquerade Ball” with Phantom of the Opera themed entertainment, and is being held at the beautiful Westwood Country Club on May 2nd at 6:00pm.  The charity event is for the benefit of Innocents at Risk and the proceeds from the silent auction will go to our fight to protect women and children against human trafficking.
KAWCC also held their 2013 event for the benefit of Innocents at Risk and was an enormous success.  KAWCC has been an invaluable partner to Innocents at Risk.

If you would like to attend this exciting event, tickets are $200 per person (or couples discount at $300 for two+ tickets) and include a formal dinner, dancing, drinks, and Phantom of the Opera themed entertainment. Please contact Innocents at Risk by either phone or email to purchase your tickets as soon as possible! KAWCC expects a tremendous turnout with distinguished guests and anticipates a great night dedicated to raising awareness.

We hope to see you there!

Meaghan Breitkreutz and Taylor Kindle
Interns, Innocents at Risk


Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund with Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli at the 2013 KAWCC event.

Photo Credit: Cory Chenard


Visit the Courage Worldwide Website for complete details.


Is your heart broken for the issue of sex trafficking and you wonder how you can RESPOND?

Join nationally recognized experts to learn how you can strategically RESPOND to the sexual exploitation of our children.

Courage Worldwide and William Jessup University host “The Response”—A Global Sex Trafficking Summit. This summit is geared toward professionals who work with or desire to work with victims of sex trafficking. At this summit, various industries will report on their response to this global crime. In addition, education will be provided on the trauma caused by sex trafficking by leading mental health professionals. Presentations will be given on programs, therapies, and best practices for victim rescue and restoration. There will be also be workshops on policy and legislation, the arts and media, health care, technology and industry response. A faith-based track will be offered as well.

Nationally-recognized experts—from law enforcement to medical and mental health professionals, social workers, lawmakers and community leaders—will serve as speakers and panelists, sharing their personal and professional response.

Key individuals and organizations in the fight against sex trafficking will be brought to the Sacramento, California region to educate, equip and empower you to make a tangible difference in the lives of voiceless victims.
Topics, breakout sessions, and areas of focus include:

  • Courage House Prototype
    Law Enforcement
    Mental Health
    Residential Care Facility Development
    Policy and Legislative Initiatives
    Health and Human Services
    Advertising & Marketing
    The Arts: Film, Music and Writing
    Business Leaders
    Faith-Based Community

The RESPONSE Conference
Friday, February 22nd
6:00pm – Registration
6:30pm – Doors open
6:50pm – Sex and Money movie trailer
7:00pm – Start time
Saturday, February 23rd
8:00 – EXPOs and networking
8:30am – Start time
Church Leadership Forum Saturday, February 23rd 8:15-10:25



February 1, 2014
12:00 – 2:30 PM

Edward L Kelly Leadership Center 14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, VA

How Safe Are YOUR Children?
Discuss Human Trafficking In Northern Virginia

For More Information or 703-791-6804

Soroptimist International of Woodbridge and Manassas
Invite You to



A True Story of Child Slaves Around The World
Plus Exhibitors and an Open Forum with Featured Panelists

  • Retired FBI Special Agent and now Course Instructor for: Command Officer Development Course (Human Trafficking: The Supervisor’s Role)
  • Human Trafficking Expert certified Train the Trainer in the area of Trafficking in Persons
  • Immigrants First, an immigration and human rights law firm knowledgeable in the rights of victims and their perpetrators
  • President and CEO of Agape Behavioral Health
  • Assistant Director of Admissions at Youth For Tomorrow, a residential program working with youth victims of human trafficking
  • Founder of Innocents At Risk, dedicated to protecting children from all forms of abuse and ending trafficking everywhere

Soroptimist International is a 501 c 3 that relies on charitable contributions to support its programs

Washington Life coverage of Innocents at Risk Reception


Anti-Trafficking Awareness Training For Flight Attendants, Gate Agents and Sky Harbor Airport Personnel

Anti-Trafficking Awareness Training

For Flight Attendants, Gate Agents and Sky Harbor Airport Personnel

February 10, 2014

Where:  Doubletree Suites, 320 N. 44th Street, Phoenix

When:  12:30pm complimentary buffet lunch; Training Session 1-3 pm

What:  Human Trafficking – the buying and selling of women, girls and boys – is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. It is a form of modern day slavery.  Victims are held against their will and are controlled by others, often times violently.

Why:  U.S. airports are major hubs of entry and exit for perpetrators and their victims. The U.S. Department of State has determined that transportation professionals are among the best-placed to identify trafficking situations.  This training will raise situational awareness by teaching both warning signals and approved methods of how to handle a suspected trafficking situation.

Who:  Airline Ambassadors and Innocents At Risk, two organizations based in Washington DC, have been advocating for awareness in the airline industry. They have presented four times to the U.S. Congress. Airline Ambassadors “Recognize It Report It” training has been provided at 20 airports and other locations.  The training is validated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, U. S. Department of Transportation and supported by U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Delta Airlines has incorporated the Blue Lightning protocol into the training of flight attendants.  American Airlines incorporated the correct procedure in crew manuals since 2010.

For more information on either group:

Airline Ambassadors and Innocents at Risk now bring their ‘Recognize It, Report It’ training to Phoenix.  Airline and airport personnel are invited to attend free-of-charge with a confirmed Reservation. Space limited to 100 guests.

To Attend:

The training is complimentary, but a Reservation is Necessary for Admittance.

To request a Reservation:

Email Alan Carbine

Provide your Name, Employer, Job description, email address and phone number.

You will receive a Confirmation email prior to February 1, 2014

Innocents at Risk Reception, October 24, 2013

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Saturday, November 23, 2013  *  Westwood Country Club

Dear Friends of The Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce (KAWCC):

Thank you for your support and contribution.  This year’s black-tie charity event will feature a Venetian themed “Masquerade Ball” dinner and Phantom of the Opera themed entertainment.  It will be held on November 23, 2013, 6:00pm, at the Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA 22180.  Tickets are $200.00 per person (or couple’s discount at $300.00 for two+ tickets) and include a formal dinner, dancing, drinks, and Phantom of the Opera themed entertainment.   Registration forms are available at

We have received an amazing amount of commitments already, and are planning on an enormous turnout.  100% of the proceeds from the silent auction donations will go to benefit Innocents At Risk’s (501(c)3) fight to protect women and children against human trafficking.  We are excited to share this event with our friends and look forward to a fun filled evening.

Download KAWCC Sponsorship Form Here

Holiday Tea

Ann Hand & Innocents at Risk Holiday Tea
has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 18, due to inclement weather!

Please Join
Ann Hand
Innocents at Risk
For Holiday Tea
Wednesday December 18, 2013
2-6 pm
Champagne and Shopping
4885 Macarthur Boulevard
Washington DC
R.S.V.P. 202-265-4338 or


Universal Day of the Child

November 20 is the Universal Day of the Child in commemoration of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights treaty setting out the rights of children, was opened for signatures on that day in 1989.

The Convention establishes the fundamental human rights that all children have: survival, development, protection from harmful influences, protection from abuse and exploitation, and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. In addition, the Convention protects children by setting standards in healthcare, education and legal, civil and social services.

Today, the rights of children are being threatened in the Dominican Republic, where thousands of Dominicans will retroactively lose their citizenship because they are the descendants of undocumented immigrants. To draw attention, we have three great contributions from these youth communicators:

Also, check out, download, and share this Infographic on the Rights of the Child:


Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness

Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness – effective solutions and where we go from here

Tuesday December 10. 2014
UN Human Rights Day
5:30 – 8PM
Fraser Mansion
1701 20th Street NW
Washington DC
(Connecticut and R NW)

RSVP 202-667-6404

Reception, presentation and hors d’oeuvres


Joining us on December 10th will be:

  • Jane Sigmon, Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State
  • Deborah Sigmund, Executive Director, Innocents at Risk

You are cordially invited to the forum: “Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness – effective solutions and where we go from here” hosted by United for Human Rights on December 10th, in honor of United Nations Human Rights Day.

Rather than beginning and ending with the devastating statistics and tragedies, the forum will highlight effective solutions and how best to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally, while looking at the issue from a diversity of angles.

Part 1:
Jane Sigmon, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State
Part 2:

  • Samantha Vardaman, Senior Director, Shared Hope International
  • Carolyn Atwell-Davis, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Maurice Middleberg, Executive Director, Free the Slaves
  • Andrea Powell, Executive Director, FAIR Girls
  • Deborah Sigmund, Executive Director, Innocents at Risk

The forum will begin with a light reception and will conclude with hors d’oeuvres where attendees can meet and talk with speakers.

From the Capitol, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle and exit on Q Street.  Walk two blocks to the corner of Connecticut Ave and R Street and the Fraser Mansion is the red building on your right, across from the restaurant “La Tomate.”  There is also limited free private parking in the rear.

Please RSVP by Thursday December 5th.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Women’s National Democratic Club Reception


Deborah Sigmund Speaks at the Women’s National Democratic Club Reception

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Reserve online at
or telephone 202-232-7363 ext 3003
$15 for Members, $20 for Non-Members


Ms. Deborah Sigmund is the Founder and Director of Innocents at Risk, a non-profit, founded in April 2005, to help stop the trafficking of women and children. The United States Department of State has endorsed the organization’s efforts on behalf of the three million women and children who are trafficked
annually worldwide.

In April of 2010 Ms. Sigmund received the annual Making a Difference Award from the Soroptomist International – Alexandria Chapter. In May of 2010 Ms. Sigmund received the Ruby Award from the Sorop­tomist International – U.S. Chapter, in recognition of her outstanding work to improve the lives of women.  She has been selected by  American Mothers International as  DC Metropolitan Area Mother of the Year for 2013.

Prior to becoming the full-time Executive Director of Innocents at Risk, Ms. Sigmund was President of the CMW Group, an international consulting firm specializing in Latin America. She continues to serve on the board of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

Along with her professional accomplishments, Ms. Sigmund is well-known in the Washington area for her work on behalf of charitable organizations such as The Washington Ballet, Knock Out Abuse, Second Genesis and Arts for the Aging. Ms. Sigmund has held leadership positions in several prominent charitable
organizations. She was on the Golden Circle for the Kennedy Center for the Arts from 1993-2005. She is currently on the boards of: The Washington Ballet and Second Genesis. She is active in activities at her church, Christ Episcopal Church of Georgetown, and is a member of the Capitol Speakers Club, The Georgetown Club, The National Press Club and has been accepted as a new 2010 member of Leadership of Greater Washington. Deborah Sigmund is married, mother of five children.

Innocents at Risk Reception, October 24, 2013


Suellen and Melvyn Estrin hosted a cocktail reception at their home Oct. 24 to support and join the fight Innocents at Risk is waging against child trafficking. The hostess spoke of the “magnitude and inhumanity of child trafficking.” Deborah Sigmund founded the not-for-profit in 2005 to protect women and children by raising public awareness of the issue which goes under reported and is a $32-billion industry worldwide.

View photos from the Reception on THE GEORGETOWNER here »

Celebrating the Days and Ways of Women


GOMEZ – GRACIA, Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer

Benefiting Innocents at Risk
September 22, 2013
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

10040 Falls Road, Potomac, Maryland


Innocents at Risk 202-625-4338


UNBOUND: A walk uniting the movement to end trafficking


A Cocktail Reception to Support & Join the Fight Against Child Trafficking

Hosted by Suellen and Melvyn J. Estrin
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 pm
2221 30th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Valet Parking
Guest List at the Door
Kindly Respond


Champagne & Shopping at Gomez-Gracia Atelier

A Day of Champagne and Shopping Benefiting Innocents at Risk
and Celebrating the Opening of Gomez-Gracia Atelier


6th Humanitarian Mission to the Dominican Republic

6-6 Please Join Us On Our 6th Humanitarian Mission to the

Champagne & Shopping

‘Shop for Change’
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tip Top Boutique
1228 31st Street NW
(In Hamilton Court)
Washington, DC 20007
tip top invite.docx

Reception for Innocents at Risk



AG Cuccinelli and Deborah Sigmund at the KAWCC 2013 Casino Night Fundraiser

AG Cuccinelli and Deborah Sigmund at the KAWCC 2013 Casino Night Fundraiser

Dear Friends of The Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce (KAWCC):

Thank you for your support and contribution to this year’s charitable fundraiser. This year’s event will feature a “James Bond 007” themed Casino Night, and will offer an exciting array of food from local restaurants, wine tastings from local wineries, luxury prizes, Las Vegas style casino games and tournaments. It will be held on April 20, 2013, 8:00pm, at the Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA 22180. Tickets are $50.00 each and include food, drinks and $10K in gaming cash, or $100.00 each to include an additional $30K in gaming cash ($40K total). Registration forms are available at

We have received an amazing amount of commitments already, and are planning on an enormous turnout. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Innocents At Risk’s (501(c)3) fight to protect women and children against human trafficking. We are excited to share this event with our friends and look forward to a fun filled evening.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Ms. Christina Shin, Esq.
c/o KAWCC and Innocents at Risk
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 110
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: 301-770-4710
Fax: 301-770-4711

Champagne & Shopping Benefit Event for Courtney’s House

February 19th
5pm – 8pm

Join us at this Special Event
Raffle for Three Designer Items

Free Door Prizes
Visit, Shop, Donate!
Help us put an end to Human Trafficking

Tip Top Boutique
1228 31st Street (In Hamilton Court)
NW Washington, D.C. 20007

The Response: Global Sex Trafficking Summit

Presented by Courage Worldwide
Global Sex Trafficking Summit
and Concert
February 22nd and 23rd

Is your heart broken for the issue of sex trafficking and you wonder how you can RESPOND?

Join nationally recognized experts to learn how you can strategically RESPOND to the sexual exploitation of our children.

Courage Worldwide and William Jessup University host “The Response”—A Global Sex Trafficking Summit.  This summit is geared toward professionals who work with or desire to work with victims of sex trafficking.  At this summit, various industries will report on their response to this global crime. In addition, education will be provided on the trauma caused by sex trafficking by leading mental health professionals.  Presentations will be given on programs, therapies, and best practices for victim rescue and restoration. There will be also be workshops on policy and legislation, the arts and media, health care, technology and industry response. A faith-based track will be offered as well.

See Full Details here>>

100 Days of Freedom

The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation will be hosting a “Signing Ceremony” for our New Proclamation of Freedom

Friday, January 11, 2013, 6:00pm
Edmund Burke High School
4101 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 2008

This event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It’s free of charge. Special guests will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Youth Leadership Council as well as direct descendants of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to join us. Here is a link to the flyer:

On this flyer there is also mention of a tour at the Douglass Historic Site. This will be with Nettie Washington Douglass and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. There may still be a few spots open.

Rsvp to

Emancipation Rally to be held at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, January 12

Part of “Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Human Trafficking”

January 4, 2012. Washington, DC. A historic modern “Emancipation Rally” will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, January 12, to raise awareness of human trafficking. Scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, the event is being held in conjunction with the Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking. The public is invited to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Morris, Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s earliest abolitionists. Morris has a unique heritage. He is also a descendant of Booker T. Washington.  Just as his celebrated ancestor fought for emancipation in the 19th century, Morris is a modern-day abolitionist, working through the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which he heads.

The rally will feature other abolitionist leaders as well as Catholic and Protestant clergy who will lead participants in prayer to end modern day slavery.

The rally is being held just eleven days after the nation has celebrated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The symbolism of a n emancipation rally led by the descendant of Frederick Douglass and on the foot of our nation’s memorial to the man who ended slavery in the 19th century is abundantly clear.

The Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking is being led by a coalition of abolitionists and prayer leaders. The Task Force’s mission is to mobilize people of prayer throughout the U.S. and to encourage awareness of the issue of human trafficking. Leadership is seeking to organize a million people to pray for an end to modern-day slavery. The initiative is scheduled for January 11-13, 2013, coinciding with the Congressional designation of January 11 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day.”

Tomas J. Lares of Orlando, who heads Florida Abolitionist, founded the national annual prayer initiative in 2012 and is its National Chair. “Our Weekend of Prayer National Leadership Task Force and our partners believe that we can best fight this scourge of evil through prayer and wisdom from God,” said Lares. “It is essential that people of faith exercise leadership roles in this fight, the greatest civil rights issue in the world today, just as religious leaders in the nineteenth century led the fight to end slavery in their age, and religious leaders led the fight for civil rights in this country. It is morally intolerable that slavery still exists in America in the twenty-first century and we must do all that we can to bring an end to this evil. ”

Human trafficking, both for labor and sex, is among the largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world, earning its perpetrators an estimated $32 billion annually. Labor trafficking dominates much of the world economy, and accounts for upwards of two-thirds of the estimated 20+ million people enslaved today while sex trafficking is the more common form in the U.S., and the average age at which a child is forced into prostitution in America is 12-14.  Interested churches, congregations and other organizations can learn more and register to participate on the website:

About Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking

National partners for the Weekend of Prayer include a number of major anti-trafficking organizations and denominations, including National Association of Evangelicals, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council, Free Methodist Church, Shared Hope International, and Trafficking in America Task Force. For a complete updated list of endorsing organizations, visit

Honorary Chairs include Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Jr. of Sacramento who heads the 14,000+ churches of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council; Sister Mary Ellen Dougherty of Baltimore, MD, a School Sister of Notre Dame from the Atlantic–Midwest Province, who previously coordinated anti–trafficking educational efforts for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); and Sister Jean Schafer of San Diego who helps operate SDS Hope House for adult women survivors of trafficking and publishes the nationally-distributed Stop Trafficking newsletter.

Vice Chairs include Jeanne Allert, Founder and Executive Director of The Samaritan Women; Rev. Kevin Austin, leader of the Free Methodist denomination and the Set Free Movement; Rev. Michael Bartel, Co-Founder of FREE International; Nita Belles, Regional Director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH); Patrick J. Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network; Mark Gonzales, Founder of the U.S. Hispanic Action Network and the U.S. Hispanic Prayer Network; Tim Gratz, Strategist with the Keys Coalition; Dr. Tomi “TL” Grover, Founder of TraffickStop; Kim A. Robinson, Executive Director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and Yvonne Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Trafficking In America Task Force.

Champagne, Shopping & Opening Reception

Champagne & Shopping at Tip Top Boutique

Champagne and Shopping Event

Ann Hand Holiday Tea

Please Join

Ann Hand and Innocents at Risk

For a

Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 11th
3:00 to 6:00 PM

Champagne and Shopping

Ann Hand
4885 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC
RSVP 202-625-4338 or

Please bring a Christmas Gift for a young mother or child which we will donate to
Courtney’s House, Crossway Community and Youth for Tomorrow

Ann Hand and Innocents at Risk host Holiday Tea December 11th

A Special Evening at Arena Stage

Please join Innocents at Risk for a

Special Evening at the Arena Stage

For the Production of

My Fair Lady

The Honorary Chair for the Evening

The British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

VIP Champagne Reception 7:00 PM

Performance, followed by After Party with the Cast 7:30 PM

Call 202-625-4338 to Reserve Tickets
$300 Reception and Tickets
$500 Sponsor VIP Tickets
$1000 Preferred Seating and Listing on Invitation to Sponsor Party

My Fair Lady Sponsor Form
Download My Fair Lady Flyer

Cocktail Attire

Deborah Sigmund speaks to Woman’s Club of Louisville

On Wednesday, September 26th 2012, Innocents at Risk Founder, Deborah Sigmund spoke to the Woman’s Club of Louisville for an audience of over two hundred. The program topic was “Human Trafficking- Not in Our Neighborhood.” The Woman’s Club of Louisville should be applauded for caring about this crucial issue. Program chair, Debbie Marr invited members of the government, members of law enforcement, and members of the NGO community to attend the event. She also graciously invited our Innocents at Risk summer intern, Alexa Price (Student at Center University in Lexington) to join us. Joining Deborah on the program: The Chief of Police of Louisville, Steve Conrad and CEO of FREE International, Michael Bartel. The Police Chief Conrad applauded FREE International and Innocents at Risk for our work on prevention and asked the women of the Woman’s Club to get involved, take the message to their neighborhoods, schools, churches, and to volunteer in the community with at-risk youth so they will not end up in the sex trade. Innocents at Risk and FREE International plan to work together on awareness programs throughout schools in the DC Metropolitan area to better educate our youth. This event was an excellent example of how awareness can help a community in learning how to protect children and to take action!

Deborah Sigmund speaks to the Woman's Club of Louisville

Founder, Deborah Sigmund with the Chief of Police, Steve Conrad (Left) and CEO of FREE International, Michael Bartel (Right) at "Human Trafficking-Not in our Neighbordhood" in Louisville, KY

Cocktails for Charity with Innocents at Risk

The summer interns of Innocents at Risk. Photo taken by Bisnow at 'Cocktails for Charity' event at George, July 26th, 2012

Last night we also attended Cocktails for Charity at George benefiting Innocents at Risk, which fights and raises awareness of human trafficking. We snapped Luxembourg Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger, his wife Louise Akerblom, and the non-profit’s founder Deborah Sigmund.

There was an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music. Here, USAID’s Lloyd Jackson, Pepco’s Kim Watson, and Innocents at Risk’s Trey Hoobler.

In partnership with DC Stop Modern Slavery
Thursday, July 26, 2012
6:30 – 9:00 PM
3251 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC
Tickets $30
Open Bar, Hor d’Ouevres, DJ and Dancing!

5th Humanitarian Mission to the Dominican Republic, July 12th – 16th, 2012

Innocents at Risk Reception for Septime Webre at Music Man Performance, June 8, 2012

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Innocents at Risk Cast Party at Music Man Performance, June 8, 2012

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2012 Trafficking in Persons Report to be Released June 19

On June 19th, 2012,  Innocents at Risk was invited by the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to attend the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report at the US Department of State.  According to Secretary of State Clinton, all the survivors and current victims of human trafficking are “living, breathing reminders that our work to end modern day slavery is still unfinished.” Secretary of State Clinton presented awards to ten remarkable individuals working overseas (from Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Cambodia, Republic of Congo, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Mauritania) who have made outstanding achievements working to stop human trafficking (modern day slavery). As Secretary of State Clinton said, these individuals are “courageous and passionate” in the fight against modern day slavery. Furthermore, Secretary of State Clinton made a very important point that this is not just a report but also a reminder “of the cost of a human life.”

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and his staff, have done tremendous work in compiling the 2012 TIP report in addition to constantly fighting the battle against modern day slavery. Ambassador CdeBaca reported that 29 countries have gone up in their tier rating in the past year! This is exciting news, as countries are getting involved in fighting this terrific evil. While we have and continue to make great strides against these types of crimes, it is still essential to continue in this battle. According to Ambassador CdeBaca, “constructive collaborations” are necessary in combating these horrendous crimes. Additionally, we must not forget that the victims and survivors of modern day slavery are real people, “people with names…remember their names”.

Awareness is essential to putting an end to modern day slavery. Innocents at Risk is dedicated to continuing awareness outreach in order to protect the lives of women and children all over the globe. Raimi Vincent Paraiso, TIP Award winner from the Republic of Congo, said, “individual actions have tremendous impact.” So thank you friends, for all of your support for Innocents at Risk. In the words of Raimi Vincent Paraiso, “I hope we can work together to build a better future for all children of the world.”

Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands Invitation

5th Humanitarian Mission to the Dominican Republic

Mission Trip Dates:  July 12th – 16th,  2012

Friends and Supports of Innocents at Risk,

From July 12th to July 16th, Innocents at Risk will be hosting its fifth trip to the Dominican Republic to aid the children of the orphanage, Ninos de Cristo. The orphanage houses more than 180 children who have been abandoned, abused and often trafficked.  Please help us by coming on the trip or making a donation to support the mission.

Please click on the attachments to learn more!

5th Humanitarian Mission to the Dominican Republic Flyer
Children’s Needs Donation Form
Intern Travel Expenses Donation Form

Ambassador of Mexico hosts cocktail reception supporting IAR

Innocents at Risk's Deborah Sigmund Speaks at Mexican Embassy

Wednesday June 13, 2012, 7:00 pm
Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street, NW., Washington DC

Dear Friends of Innocents at Risk,

We had such a wonderful Event on Friday at The Arena Stage !!  Thank you all for coming and for your generous support.  It was a big success and we will
announce the results when we get everything processed.

Tomorrow Evening, we are being hosted by The Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan and his wife, Veronica Valencia (Advisory Board Member
of Innocents at Risk.) Congressman Chris Smith is The Honorary Chair of the Event. We will also have a very special guest with us, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, The Ambassador of Trafficking in Persons at The Department of State.  Both Congressman Smith and Ambassador CdeBaca are extremely busy so we are very fornatuate to have them with us for the Evening.

We are also so fortunate to have Arturo and Veronica as loyal friends and supporters of Innocents at Risk. The Ambassador and Veronica have hosted us in the past and are very involved in helping Innocents at Risk with The Awareness Campaign.

Please join us tomorrow Evening at 7:00 for Cocktails, a brief Program at 7:45 and then join us for delicious Mexican food, Margaritas and Mariachis!! It will be a lot of fun and a perfect way to end the season!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night.  Please RSVP to our office 202-625-4338 or The RSVP on the Invitation to Maricarmen at 202-728-1972. (TODAY!)

Warm Regards–

Women and Philanthropy Forum

On May 9th 2012, Deborah Sigmund was invited to speak by Cynthia Steele Vance at the Women and Philanthropy Forum hosted by George Washington University.

Innocents at Risk hosts An Evening at the Arena Stage

Friday June 8th 2012
An Evening at the Arena Stage
“The Music Man”
Download Sponsorship and Ticket Response Form

On Friday, June 8th, 2012 Innocents at Risk will host “An Evening at the Arena Stage with The Music Man”. This delightful Musical starring Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, directed by Molly Smith, is a story of how “Professor” Harold Hill transforms an entire town by getting the children off the streets and back in school by forming a musical band. It is a heart warming story about believing in children and giving them a purpose in life.

We are pleased to announce that Senator Scott Brown will be the Honorary Chair for this Event. Senator Brown is a champion in the fight to stop Human Trafficking and we are so fortunate that the Senator will be our Honorary Chair for this special evening!

Since 2005, Innocents at Risk, has been dedicated to protecting children from all forms of exploitation. We believe that every child deserves a childhood. Sadly, too often that does not occur. Child trafficking remains the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Each year over TWO MILLION CHILDREN are taken for the sex trade. This illicit industry is a $32 Billion Dollar business annually. Most people think this couldn’t happen here in the US, and it is happening in every city and town across America. The FBI estimates that over 300,000 children are trafficked within the US each year. This is due greatly to child neglect and lack of awareness. Since 2005, Innocents at Risk has been educating the public about this horrific issue and why it is so important to be vigilant. We have seen that Awareness is Prevention!

Fortunately, there are many individuals working to keep children engaged and out of harms way. For the past twelve years the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, Septime Webre, has devoted his time and talent to community outreach and engagement with inner city children. Through the Washington Ballet’s DanceDC Program tens of thousands of public school students have received dance education. In 2005, with the leadership of Septime, the Washington Ballet became part of THEARC, and educational arts and recreational campus located in southeast DC. Children learn ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance in their own neighborhood. With education, discipline and guidance the children are thriving in school and developing self confidence. Most importantly THEARC provides a safe haven in the neighborhood where children can go after school and be safe.

At the Event on June 8th, we are proud to honor Septime Webre for all he is doing to help children thrive. We invite you to join us for this special evening as we recognize “Our Music Man”. As an evening sponsor, you will join us for a Cocktail Reception prior to the Performance and a Roof Top Cast Party following The Music Man. Please see the attached sponsor form. With your support, Innocents at Risk will continue to help keep our children safe. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th!

Warm Regards,
Deborah Sigmund, Founder
Betty and Jimmy Baird, Event Chairs

SAVE THE DATE! DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk

Innocents at Risk in partnership with DC Stop Modern Slavery
proudly presents
DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk
September 29, 2012
All Day
National Mall
When you register, select ‘Join a team’ then select ‘Innocents at Risk’

International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Innocents at Risk attended the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony Hosted by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Airline Ambassadors Human Trafficking Awareness Training- SFO

Airline Ambassadors Human Trafficking Awareness Training- DCA

Not For Sale: Stop Sex Trafficking!

Download Event Program Here
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Introduction by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Free and open to the public
Lang Hall, Hunter College
East 68th Street, New York, NY 10021
(Between Park and Lexington Avenues)
The Lang Hall is located on the fourth floor of North Building of Hunter College.

  • Screening of the documentary Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth, presented by Executive Producer, Morgan Perry
  • Panel discussion with experts who work directly on this important issue. They will discuss the particular problems faced in trying to help these women and what the public can do to curb this illegal exploitation of people in NYC.
    • Miriam Goodman, LMSW, Midtown Community Court
    • Danielle Latimer, MSW, Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
    • Kathleen Slocum, JD, Sanctuary for Families
  • Meet local organizations involved in fighting human and sex trafficking.

Each year, thousands of women and girls are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. In New York City, women of all ages are forced to work for brothels, strip clubs, massage parlors, bars, escort services, and as street prostitutes. Many of NYC’s involuntary sex workers are children; the Department of Justice estimates that the most frequent age of entry into the U.S. commercial sex industry is at 12 to 14 years old. Victims of sex trafficking face extraordinary difficulties in finding help, and they face threats of violence, restriction of their personal freedom, extreme coercion and abuse.

Speaker and Guest Biographies:

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is the co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus. She was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3887, the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act”, which passed the house overwhelmingly in December 2007. Congresswoman Maloney has worked tirelessly to end sex trafficking internationally, nationally, and in her own New York District.

Morgan Perry (Panel Moderator) is the Executive Producer of the documentary called Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth. Ms. Perry studied film and photography in nearly 30 nations on every continent while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mass media from the University of the Nations. In 2006, she spent time living near the red light district in Thailand, where she became close friends with young sex workers. Seeing these young women and children in slavery conditions sparked a passion in Ms. Perry to fight sex trafficking. Through her studies in humanitarian relief and multimedia on the frontlines of journalism, she was empowered to raise the call of social injustice awareness through media.

Miriam Goodman, LMSW, is the clinical coordinator at Midtown Community Court (MCC), where she oversees all clinical operations and alternative to incarceration programs. She was formerly the Women’s Specialist at the MCC, where she developed the trauma-informed program called Women’s Independence Safety and Empowerment (WISE). Ms. Goodman is a licensed social worker, who graduated from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.

Danielle Latimer holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and has completed post-Masters training in clinical work with adolescents at NYU. She is currently working towards a certificate in trauma studies at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Ms. Latimer practices at Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program, working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She has worked with trauma survivors in numerous other settings as well, including schools, crisis shelters, and courts. Ms. Latimer believes strongly in the human capacity for healing and growth, and is honored to have been part of that process with many of her clients.

Kathleen Slocum, JD, is a senior immigration attorney at Sanctuary for Families, with five years experience working with the immigration legal needs of trafficking victims, domestic violence victims and asylum seekers. Ms. Slocum is a co-founder of Restore NYC, a non-profit organization that provides services to women who want to escape commercial sexual exploitation. Ms. Slocum received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Organizations present at event:

  • Bellvue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
  • Innocents at Risk
  • Children’s Village
  • Nomi Network
  • International Justice Mission
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program at Mount Sinai
  • PhotogenX
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • And more! Get resources and information about how YOU can help!

Event Coordinated by Jessica Prall, MSW Candidate 2012, Columbia University School of Social Work.
For questions or information, please email

2012 Human Trafficking Awareness Program

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Jones Lane Elementary School
15110 Jones Lane Gaithersburg, MD

Download Human Trafficking Awareness Program Flyer»

Human trafficking is a worldwide scourge, destroying the lives of an estimated 800,000 people each year, according to the United Nations.  Trafficking generates roughly $32 billion annually through avenues such as debt bondage, criminal exploitation, and sexual exploitation.  Child trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries and Washington D.C. and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs has been noted as a particularly active trafficking hub.  According to the FBI, trafficking in this area grosses an estimated $100 million annually.

Since public education and awareness are keys to preventing human trafficking, Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County (SIUMC), an international non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives of women and girls, invites you to attend its 2012 Human Trafficking Awareness Program.  The Program is free to the public and will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 7:30-9:30 pm at Jones Lane Elementary School,15110 Jones Lane, Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

The Program will consist of a presentation by Ms. Deborah Sigmund, the founder of Innocents at Risk a 501 © (3) non-profit dedicated to combatting child trafficking and exploitation through community engagement and education. Local experts from the Montgomery County Department of Police Special Investigations Division, Vice and Intelligence Unit will discuss human and sex trafficking in the local area.  (A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be present).

American children are lured into prostitution as a result of manipulation by adult pimps who promise love, money and glamour.   These girls and boys are often found through the internet, Facebook and other social media and are unaware of the dangers they face.  Threats to a victim’s family members and the breakdown of human dignity make it extremely difficult to exit the control of a pimp.  Our speakers will share warning signs; how victims are recruited into slavery and how you as a member of the community can help put a stop to this practice.

Your attendance to learn the shocking realism of today’s slavery is truly valued. . Middle school and high school students are especially encouraged to attend. Please consider notifying your friends, family, and co-workers about the Human Trafficking Awareness Program—Slavery exists in Montgomery County, awareness and education are essential to put an end to human slavery.  For more information on this program please contact Johann Dretchen, VP of SIUMC at 301-602-6318 or email

DHS Blue Campaign January 11th Stakeholder Event

Innocents at Risk and Airline Ambassadors were recognized at this Department of Homeland Security Event for being the driving force behind “Blue Lightning.” Our Flight Attendant Initiative is now DHS Backed!

Download the DHS – Blue Campaign Presentation (pdf file)

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th, 2012, the DHS Blue Campaign Stakeholder Event will include an update for participants on recent accomplishments and provide a platform for stakeholders to offer feedback during a listening session with federal agency subject matter experts from the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), Transportation (DOT) and Homeland Security (DHS). The listening session moderator will ask for participants’ insights related to the following topics:

  • Methods for supporting victims
  • Federal government engagement and outreach with local communities
  • Targeting outreach to at-risk groups and victims
  • Improved awareness of NGO and private sector initiatives and resources

DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk 2011

Hello Walk Partners,

Thank you for participating as an official partner in this year’s DC SMS Walk. This year, the net proceeds (after costs) equal$49,739.36. Of this amount, official partners will receive the following distributions:

Ayuda $3,109.23
BPSOS $3,396.62
Bridge to Freedom Foundation $3,205.92
Courtney’s House $5,727.21
FAIR Girls $3,142.65
Free the Slaves $3,252.26
Global Centurion $2,815.15
Innocents at Risk $3,461.23
The Project to End Human Trafficking $135.90
Polaris Project $3,829.28
Restoration Ministries $3,639.69
Shared Hope International $3,770.46
Tiny Hands International $2,792.87

Checks have been mailed out to your respective addresses.

Beyond the monetary donations, the walk also produced many other impacts. Among those is the enormous satisfaction that we, the DC Stop Modern Slavery community volunteers, have felt in being able to take on this endeavor and help the cause. Our lives have been enriched tremendously. Thank you for supporting our efforts and allowing us to do what we believe is great work. We could not have done it without the support of organizations like yours.

DC Stop Modern Slavery

2011 Walk Team

DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
National Mall

Holiday Tea for Innocents at Risk

Please join Ann Hand and Innocents at Risk
For a Holiday Tea
Thursday, December 8, 2011 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Champagne and Shopping
Ann Hand
4885 MacArthur Boulevard, Washington DC
RSVP 202-625-4338
15% of Proceeds will benefit Innocents at Risk
You may bring a gift for a young woman or child which will be donated to Courtney’s House, Crossway Community and Youth for Tomorrow

Standup for the Children Gala, October 19th

Innocents at Risk and Airline Ambassadors Present the "Stand Up for Children" Gala


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Richard Jordan, David Rivard, Andrew Sprich, Robbie Donno, Daniella Cracknell,Jesse Cromer, Kathy Casper, Debbie Sigmund, Delphia Roberts, Marie Rivard, Guest, Theo Cosmora and Cornell Frank

Innocents at Risk, a non-profit organization that fights child exploitation and human trafficking along with Airline Ambassadors, an organization that works with airlines to directly help orphans and vulnerable children worldwide, hosted the Stand up for Children gala Wednesday evening.

Guests included Veronica Valencia, wife of Mexican ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and former Real Housewife of D.C. Linda Erkiletian.

Report and photographs by Kate Oczypok

Betsy Delphos and Veronica Valencia, wife of the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

Linda Erkiletian, Michelle Delino

Brenda Delano, Jeanne Campbell and Elizabeth Avery

Becky Tucker, Gabriela Ferrer and Stephen Tucker

Cynthia Thomas, Keith Lashley, Lady St. John

Jose Lambour, Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez

Admiral Dan Nelson, Christina Carter and Pierson Mapes

Pat Skantze, Kate Stafford-Walter

Jack and Sharon Casey

Innocents at Risk and Airline Ambassadors

Cordially Invite You to the

Standup for the Children Gala
An Evening in Old Havana

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:00 pm to 12:00 am
The Mayflower Hotel, Washingfton DC

Cocktails, Performances, Dinner and Dancing
Special Guest Performances by
Gabriela Ferrer Show
7 Crossing

Featuring Members of the
Miami Sound Machine

$300 ticket / $5,000 Sponsorship
Call 202.625.4338

Awareness is Prevention Speech to the Innocents at Risk Benefit

September 27, 2011 at The Fairfax At Embassy Row, Washington, DC.

Read the Speech Here »

One-Year Anniversary of the Blue Campaign

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the DHS Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking,

You are invited to attend a discussion on August 3, 2011 from 1pm to 2pm EST with

Janet Napolitano
Secretary of Homeland Security

John Morton
Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Alejandro Mayorkas
Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

David Aguilar
Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Connie Patrick
Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Alice Hill
Senior Counselor to the Secretary

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP by July 20, 2011 to Stacy Kane at

This invitation is non-transferable.
If you are unavailable and would like someone from your organization to attend on your behalf, please email

Please arrive no later than 12:20pm to allow for security screening.

Additional details will be sent to all attendees after July 20.

Thank you for your partnership with the Blue Campaign and your commitment to fighting human trafficking.

We look forward to seeing you on August 3!

Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Meeting with Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders

Release Date: August 3, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today met with anti-human trafficking non-governmental organization (NGO) and victim service leaders to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) progress to protect the victims of human trafficking and bring their traffickers to justice.  This event comes one year after the launch of the Blue Campaign—a first-of-its-kind, DHS-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and new personnel training and initiatives.

“The Department is committed to leveraging our wide range of expertise and resources to combat human trafficking,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Together, with our partners, we are working to better identify human trafficking, protect victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.”

During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Director Connie Patrick, and Blue Campaign Chair Alice Hill to highlight the important work of NGOs committed to ending human trafficking by providing vital services to victims and supporting them as they integrate into the community.

Secretary Napolitano discussed the Department’s progress over the past year educating the public about indicators of human trafficking through initiatives such as CBP’s recent expansion of the “Don’t be Fooled” campaign—which uses public service announcements to educate and increase awareness for human trafficking in communities across the United States – and highlighted the training videos created by DHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and FLETC to provide DHS personnel with tools to identify the signs of human trafficking and respond appropriately.

Secretary Napolitano also underscored the Department’s efforts to support victims of human trafficking through outreach campaigns including a USCIS informational video, narrated by human trafficking survivors to raise awareness for immigration relief available for victims. Victims of human trafficking are eligible for T visas and U visas – protections allowing them to remain in the United States and assist federal authorities in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.

The Secretary recognized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the expansion of their Suspension and Debarment Program, which penalizes individuals and companies convicted of human trafficking through debarment from conducting business with federal agencies – a critical step forward in bolstering efforts to discourage and punish human trafficking offenders.

For more information, visit

Awareness is Prevention Dinner

Join Innocents at Risk and Celebrity Chef Mark Timms for cocktails and dinner at The Fairfax at Embassy Row

DATE: September 27, 2011
LOCATION: The Fairfax at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
TIME: Cocktails 7 – 7:45 pm, Seated Dinner 7:45 – 10 pm
PRICE: Individual: $200;  Sponsor Table: $5,000; Benefit Table: $2,500
CONTACT: Mariana or Lindsey, 202-625-4338 or

Sponsorships and program recognition available, please call 202-625-4338 for details.

Washington Nationals Human Trafficking Awareness Night

Save the Date!!! The DC Human Trafficking Task Force (DCHTTF), of which Innocents at Risk is a part, is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Washington Nationals for an exciting awareness event on June 15 – 7:05pm!! The event will bring attention to human trafficking at a widely publicized sports game — Nationals VS Cardinals. During the game there will be an announcement encouraging the thousands of spectators to visit the DCHTTF information booth in the Nationals Stadium to get more information on human trafficking.

**We will be wearing YELLOW t-shirts to show solidarity for the cause**

Bill Signing Ceremony with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Governor McDonnell signs landmark legislation on Human Trafficking

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Dulles International Airport, significant steps were taken in the fight against human trafficking. Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia signed three bills into law that expand the kidnapping laws to include trafficking, increase penalties for offenders, and increase resources for victims. In support of this landmark legislation, Deborah Sigmund, Founder of Innocents at Risk attended this Bill Signing Ceremony held by the Governor’s Office. Please see here a link to the Channel 5 FOX News coverage of this event, including an interview with Deborah Sigmund.

Airline Personnel and NGO Partners

are cordially invited to a
Bill Signing Ceremony with
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
1:30PM – 2:30PM

IAD – Dulles Airport Conference Room A (Across Baggage Claim 1)

Governor McDonnell signs landmark legislation on Human Trafficking

Virginia will sign into law bills: HB- 2190, HB 1893 and HB 2190 proposed by delegates Timothy Hugo, Vivian Watts and Adam Ebbin at Dulles Airport on May 31, 2011.. These laws expand the kidnapping laws to include trafficking, increase penalties for offenders and increase resources for victims.

“It’s hard to believe, but there are victims of this horrible crime living right here in Virginia,” said Delegate Ebbin. “Trafficking victims are often beaten, raped, threatened, manipulated, and locked up. It’s important that when victims are rescued, we are able to get them the aid they need to start the recovery process.”

Victims are often afraid to come forward, and when they do, law enforcement and social services don’t know whether to treat them as criminals or victims. This provides a plan to identify trafficking victims, assists them receiving benefits, and coordinates state agencies and non-profits in delivering health, housing, education, job training, and legal services.”

The event will be held at Dulles Airport as many victims are transported on airlines. It is estimated 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders and 100,000 to 300,000 domestic minors are forced into sexually slavery within the U.S. annually. Airline Ambassadors International, the only independent charity of the overall airline industry, has developed a training program available for airline, airport and hotel employees, as a front-line of defense against this horrific crime.

Airline Representatives (ideally in uniform) are needed to join the ceremony and demonstrate our industry commitment to this important issue. RSVP to or 202-466-3428

International Missing Children’s Day

The Global Missing Children’s Network commemorates May 25th as the International Missing Children’s Day

For the 3rd year in a row, 13 members of the Global Missing Children’s Network – a program of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) –  are coming together to raise awareness about  missing and abducted children. The efforts of these members aim to highlight the importance of addressing this serious and global issue and the need for a global and comprehensive response.

Every day, all around the world, children go missing, run away, or are abducted by family or non-family members, and as a result, they face a heightened level of vulnerability and increased risk of exploitation. While the majority of children who are reported missing return on their own after a short period of time, the longer a child is missing, the more vulnerable he/she becomes. Therefore, it is paramount that countries are prepared to react and respond quickly to those cases.

Unfortunately, there is no global consensus on how to define “missing child” or on how to investigate these cases. This, in turn, makes it difficult to know the full extent of the problem and to determine how best to protect children from going missing/being abducted.

Conversely, having a clear understanding – and agreed definition – of what is considered a missing child, not only assists law enforcement’s response, determining where and how to focus their resources, but  provides critical insights into the situation of missing children and how other agencies/sectors beyond law enforcement are involved. Once collected, this information can be used to properly inform government policies to address the issue of missing children, thus assisting in the development of an effective national strategy.  In turn, appropriate data collection and national strategies can further facilitate international collaboration, so critical to an increasing global issue.

Since 1983, families and child advocates have observed May 25th as an annual reminder that everyone can play a part in bringing a missing child home and that child protection must be a priority.  As part of the ICMEC’s Global Missing Children’s Network, we celebrate and commemorate this day on behalf of all children of the world. Please join and help us in our mission to protect the world’s most vulnerable citizens by visiting and . Together we can help bring them home.

Reception for Innocents at Risk, Embassy of Luxembourg, May 17, 2011

Cocktail Reception for Innocents at Risk

Hosted by
H. E. Jean-Paul Senninger and Mrs. Louise Akerblom
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Embassy of Luxembourg
By Invitation Only

On Tuesday, May 17th, H. E. Jean-Paul Senninger and Mrs. Louise Akerblom will host Innocents at Risk for a Cocktail Reception at the beautiful Embassy of Luxembourg. It will be a very special evening, as we honor Ambassador Melanne Verveer.

In 2009, Melanne Verveer was appointed by President Obama as the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. The President’s decision to create this position is unprecedented and reflects the elevated importance of these issues to the President and his entire Administration.

In this historic role, as Director of the Department of State’s new office, Ambassador Verveer coordinates foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic, and social advancement of women around the world. She mobilizes concrete support for women’s rights and political and economic empowerment through initiatives and programs designed to increase women’s and girls’ access to education and health care, to combat violence against women and girls in all its forms, and to ensure that women’s rights are fully integrated with human rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy.

Since 2005, Ambassador Verveer has been a constant advisor on vital issues for Innocents at Risk. She has been a tremendous support to our organization and mission to protect women and children from human trafficking. We are so pleased to pay tribute to our dear friend, Ambassador Verveer.

We would like to invite you to become part of this special event. As a member of the Honorary Committee, you will be listed in the tribute program for Ambassador Verveer and most importantly you will be listed in the tribute film.

We hope we may count on your support to ensure a truly special evening. We look forward to seeing you on May 17th.

Dior Event for Innocents at Risk

I’m Not Buying It Tailgate Rally

Child sex rings spike during Super Bowl weekRead article from USA Today here »

I'm Not Buying It Tailgate Rally

Washington Wizards Trafficking Awareness Day Event

The DC Human Trafficking Task Force (DCHTTF) is proud to announce that it will be hosting an awareness event on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11, 2011 during the exciting matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Sacramento Kings. The event will bring awareness on human trafficking at a widely publicized sports game. The DCHTTF will have an information booth at the game and the announcer will read a statement about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to thousands of spectators in the stadium.

If you attended the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk in October please wear your red shirts from the walk which highlight the DCHTTF and the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-3737-888). If you weren’t at the walk and do not have a t-shirt please feel free to wear any red shirt to show your solidarity with us as a movement to end human trafficking!

Please see details below regarding ticket purchases.

What: DCHTTF hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Night with the Washington Wizards
Where: Verizon Center (601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20059)
When: 1/11/2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Details: Tickets range from $22 – $65. You can purchase tickets for the game here: [].

When prompted for the secret password simply enter: WIZARDS.  
A portion of the proceeds from the tickets will go towards member organizations of the task force serving victims of human trafficking.

We hope to see you there!

Innocents at Risk

A Holiday Tea with Ann Hand & Innocents at Risk

Jewelry for Good!

The Scene BISNOW
December 9, 2010

Last night we visited jewelry store Ann Hand for a special holiday tea benefiting Innocents at Risk. Each guest donated a gift for a young woman or child that will be donated to Courtney’s House, Crossway Community, and Youth for Tomorrow.

Philanthropist Cindy Jones is with Ann’s granddaughter Ashley Taylor, who models in Ann Hand’s current ads.

Ann has designed specially commissioned jewelry for a wide variety of events, organizations, and US presidents. Here, Briarley Hill Retreat’s Alyse Muldoon, Ann Hand, Innocents’ Deborah Sigmund, and KDD Consultants’ Kathleen Dur.

Awkard & Assoc’ prez Linda Awkard and Modern Matters & Social Savvy’s Carol Randolph.

Consul General of Spain Hosts Innocents at Risk Event

Please join me for a Luncheon to meet Deborah S. Sigmund, founder of Innocents at Risk
Wednesday November 10, 2010
11:00 am
Home of the Consul General of Spain

3240 North Lake Shore Dr. 3A
Chicago, IL
(Parking available on site)

RSVP by November 6 to or 773-529-7540

Since 2004, Innocents at Risk has been working to raise awareness about the horrors of child trafficking in America and around the world. We conduct educational outreach programs through churches, clubs, organizations, schools and embassies. Our awareness DVD has been used at every major embassy and throughout the United States as an educational resource.

Deborah Sigmund Takes Trafficking Awareness to Chicago

Chicago Update

November 23, 2010 – We are so grateful to Rakela Ruperez, the wife of Javier Ruperez, The Consul General of Spain  for hosting us at their lovely home in Chicago on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. In attendance: the Consul General of the Czech  Republic, Dana Hunatova, and an international delegation from CCCLC representing the US, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Barbados, Honduras, Grenada, Turkey, Ecuador, Netherlands, Macedonia, Romania, Sweden,  Pakistan and several other nations from around the globe.

The luncheon was a great success and opened discussion about the importance of awareness and how awareness is prevention. The international and local audience felt informed and empowered to take the discussion into their groups and schools. All in all, the event was a great success. Thank you, Rakela!

Please mark your calendar for the Holiday Tea which Ann Hand is graciously hosting. We hope to see everyone there.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!



CHICAGO, Illinois –  On Wednesday, November 10th, Deborah Sigmund and Innocents at Risk were hosted by Rakela Ruperez, the wife of Javier Ruperez (Consul General of Spain) in their lovely home on North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago for a Luncheon with the International Club and friends in Chicago.

It was an excellent opportunity to brief the audience on Protecting Women and Children from Human Trafficking.  In attendance: the Consul General of the Czech Republic, Dana Hunatova, and an international delegation from CCCLC representing the US, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Barbados, Honduras, Grenada, Turkey, Ecuador, Netherlands, Macedonia, Romania, Sweden, Pakistan and several other nations from around the globe.

Since 2004, Innocents at Risk has been conducting educational outreach programs through churches, clubs, organizations, schools and embassies. The Innocents at Risk awareness DVD has been used at every major embassy and throughout the United States as an educational resource. For more information visit the Innocents at Risk website at

Photos from Congressional Briefing, October 6, 2010

Briefing: “How Countries Can Work with Flight Crews to Combat Human Trafficking”
“How Countries Can Work with Flight Crews to Combat Human Trafficking”
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, United States Capitol
Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund spoke at this briefing.

Innocents at Risk Cocktail Reception October 18 at Cafe Milano

DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk

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Innocents at Risk Movie Screening of ‘REDLIGHT’

Canadian Ambassador: “Slavery Is Not Dead”

The ambassadors of Canada, Sweden, and Mexico weigh in on human trafficking with
Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund and DC Housewife Lynda Erkiletian at the Canadian Embassy.

September 13- An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk

September 13- An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk

September 13- An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk

Thank you letter from Alice Chamberlayne Hill, Senior Counselor, U.S. Department or Homeland Security

Empowering Women through U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. Department of State Emblem

You are cordially invited to attend a briefing with
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Melanne S. Verveer

“Empowering Women through U.S. Foreign Policy”
Thursday, September 2, 2010
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Loy Henderson Room
23rd Street Entrance
Department of State

June 16th Event Photo Album

Click Here to see THE PHOTO ALBUM

Please join

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

at the Release of the

2010 Trafficking in Persons Report

With additional remarks by

Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero


Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
 Luis CdeBaca

Monday, June 14, 2010

Social Scene

July 1st Congressional Briefing

Representative James Oberstar, the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Representative Christopher Smith hosted a closed briefing on Capitol Hill, July 1st, between 2:30 and 5pm in the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room South to bring together U.S. airline executives and representatives, the Federal Aviation Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICA), the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Office (G/Tip), and other gatekeepers. ICE and G/TIP gave presentations on the scope of the problem and law enforcement response. Airline Ambassadors and Innocents at Risk unveiled a prototype for the training manuals, flight bulletins, and brochures. The briefing was a major success! We were honored to be invited, and hope that this will lead to major progress in the future towards encorporating human trafficking information into the regular governmental training of flight attendants. For a more detailed overview on the breifing, see it in our news and media section here!

The governmental panel- Amy O’Neill Richard Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State, Erik P. Breitzke Unit Chief of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Christopher Dombek Director of the Office of Alien Smuggling Interdiction at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The NGO panel, with Deborah Sigmund of Innocents at Risk and Nancy Rivard of Airline Ambassadors

Nancy Rivard, Congressman Chris Smith, Deborah Sigmund

Deborah Sigmund with Congressman Chris Smith (left) and Congressman Joe Pitts (right)

Check out the rest of the photos here!

BisNow June 16th Event

Last night, we also stopped by Michael and Julie Connors’ Georgetown residence for a reception for Innocents at Risk donors. He’s with his neighbor, Proper Topper Hats’ Ann Fuhrman.

The hostess, Julie Connors is with the Cyprus Ambassador Andreas Kak, who praised the foundation for its work to prevent child trafficking.

The Cyprus Ambassador’s wife Kareen Kakouris, former Bolivian president’s wife Ximena Sanchez DeLozada, Ambassor of Luxemburg’s wife Louise Akerblom, and Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund.

Click Here to see THE PHOTO ALBUM

REDLIGHT Movie Premiere

Priority Films in partnership with LexisNexis invite you to:

The World Premiere

Red Carpet Screening


REDLIGHT Trailer from jillian selsky on Vimeo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

6:00 PM and 9:00 PM Screenings
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St, New York City


Honorary Host Committee:

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Ambassador Mark Lagon
Ambassador Swanee Hunt
Andrew Prozes
Cécilia Attias
Ashley Judd
Cindi Leive
Ron Livingston
Lauren Bush
Julia Ormond
Petra Nemcova
Alyse Nelson
Abigail Disney
Marcia Gay Harden
Elizabeth Berkley & Greg Lauren
Seth & Marie Bernstein


This special evening will be a multi-pronged event with two screenings offered:

6:00 PM for the Official World Premiere Red Carpet Screening (with limited tickets open to the public)

Red Carpet VIP Tickets – $1000 (As a VIP guest please join us for the VIP reception at CUE Gallery, 511 West 25th Street.)

Red Carpet General Public Tickets – $100 (with open bar at the After-Party from 11:00-12:00 midnight at Juliette Supper Club at 538 W. 21st St. (between 10th Ave & West St.)

9:00 PM for the Red Carpet Premiere Screening open to the General Public

Red Carpet General Public Tickets – $50 (with open bar at the After-Party from 11:00-12:00 midnight at Juliette Supper Club at 538 W. 21st St. (between 10th Ave & West St.)

Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A session featuring Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mu Sochua; Dr. Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Child Protection; and Filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni who both won the prestigious State Department’s Global Hero Award for their work. ____________________________________________________________

The proceeds from this event will benefit, RedLight Children and Restore NYC, two not for profit organizations both working tirelessly to end slavery and child exploitation.                                                                                    ____________________________________________________________

About the Film: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu produced and narrated REDLIGHT, an inspiring and powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of the victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua.  Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize and won other numerous human rights awards around the world.

Soroptimist Ruby Award Region Finalist

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To schedule a presentation, please contact us at 202-625-4338 or

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Click to visit the Crime Prevention 101 Radio Station Page on Voice AmericaDEBORAH SIGMUND ON THE RADIO
The Radio Show With an Optimistic Perspective on a Sober Subject With Host, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone    

Upcoming Show:  May 27, 2010 @ 8pm eastern

Human Trafficking:  What It Is – and –  One Amazing Thing We Can Do About It

It’d Be a Crime NOT to Listen!

This Week’s Show
Human Trafficking Statistics
*Human Trafficking: One Amazing Thing We Can Do About It
*True Crime Report
*About Susan Bartelstone
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Human Trafficking Statistics
Per Innocents at Risk:

  • Human trafficking is considered a form of modern slavery.
  • According to US Department of State:  Human trafficking is fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
  • It generates over $32 billion annually for organized crime.
  • Human trafficking takes place in every country, from the richest to the poorest.
  • Approximately 18,000 persons are trafficked into the United States from over 50 countries every year.
  • Over 300,000 children are trafficked within the United States annually.

Human Trafficking Hotline:  1-888-373-7888

Human Trafficking:  One Amazing Thing We Can Do About It
I read an article a few weeks ago that absolutely floored me and I knew I had to talk about this on the show.   It was such a simple idea:  flight attendants who are trained to recognize signs of the horrific crime of human trafficking on international and domestic flights.   This came about through the work of dedicated flight attendant, Sandra Fiorini, who flies for American Airlines, and hooked up with Deborah Sigmund, founder and Executive Director of Innocents at Risk (, an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness about and promote ways to stop human trafficking.   I’m talking with both of them on the show tonight and you’re going to be amazed by this story.
True Crime Report
True Crime Report

Our True Crime Report this week features writer Pete Kotz, editor of the True Crime Report blogsite (  We’re talking about the case of Elizabeth Mandala, a high school student (and part-time stripper) who wanted to earn some extra income by smuggling illegals in the country…and ended up dead.   Like who woulda thought this occupation might be dangerous!

About Susan Bartelstone

Talking the Talk Because She’s Walked the Walk!

Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself.  Today, she’s a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and Personal Safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts.

Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for the past 18 years, has taught safety skills to men and women from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.

Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime:  How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her practical advice –which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

International Missing Children Day May 25

Nine countries from across four continents are joining to raise awareness of missing children and strengthen global efforts to find them. On May 25, International Missing Children’s Day, bringing missing children home will be our goal.

International Missing Children’s Day, 25 May, is a day to commemorate missing children who have been found, remember those who have been victims of crime and continue efforts to find those who are still missing. This year the focus is on parental / family abduction.

Activities are being organized around the world to commemorate the day.

“Everyday, all around the world, children go missing, and unfortunately, some are taken by those they trust the most: parents and family members. A child who is abducted by a parent or family member may suffer physical, emotional, and psychological harm, and the abduction can have a lasting effect on the child and the family left behind,” says Nancy Dube, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC).

Of growing concern is the impact family / parental child abduction has on the child who is removed from his or her familiar surroundings and environment by someone he or she trusts. Abducted children can suffer the alienation of losing contact with their family and friends, miss their educational stability and, in extreme circumstances, may be lied to by the abducting parent. At times children are told that their left-behind families do not love them anymore or that certain family members have died, when in fact they are still living.

Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Romania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are part of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN), an ICMEC program that recognizes the need to collaborate on this complex issue on a global level. The program is supported by Motorola Foundation.

To commemorate International Missing Children’s Day on 25 May, participating countries will release balloons displaying photos of missing children from around the world in the hope that someone, somewhere, will recognise them. Other activities are also being planned. Brazil is hosting a one day seminar followed by the release of balloons in Brasilia; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be releasing their annual report on missing children, present an AirCanada award to a law enforcement officer for extraordinary efforts to recover a missing child, and release the balloons at the RCMP Visitor Centre in Ottawa; and the Dutch National Police will visit local schools to talk to children about International Missing Children’s Day and release 500 balloons.

Balloons can also be released virtually at, an interactive portal developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the campaign. The AFP also created a powerful 30 second public service announcement, which has been distributed throughout participating countries to drive people to the website for further information.

“We urge you to join us in spreading a message of hope and help bring these missing children home. View profiles of missing children and release a balloon online at,” Ms. Dube said.

For the original article follow the link to .

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Deborah Sigmund Attends and Represents Innocents at Risk as Demi More Denounces Child Prostitution

Demi Moore at the start of Tuesday’s briefing on the Hill. (Evan Vucci/AP)

An occasional look at the show-biz luminaries-with-causes attempting to shed light in Washington. Tuesday’s visitor: Demi Moore.

Occasion: A briefing on child sex trafficking in the U.S., by the Rebecca Project and the Demi & Ashton Foundation.

Site: A packed meeting room at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

What she wants: Tougher prosecution for johns and pimps, and more leniency and support for youngsters coerced into prostitution. “I think many Americans are more willing to accept that girls are being trafficked in Cambodia and can’t imagine it’s happening right here.”

How she looked: Glam, but dialed-back-for-D.C. — dark sheath, wide leather belt, loose hair, reading glasses.

Strategy: Bypassing the celeb-glutted White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Moore drew a solo media spotlight — which she deftly deflected to a panel of young victims sharing compelling stories of beatings, preteen arrests, childhoods lost.

Backup: CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux as moderator; panel of experts.

Light moment:
Moore’s spiel was interrupted by the buzzers signaling a House vote. “Do I need to answer that?” she asked. “I feel like I need to answer that.”

By The Reliable Source  |  May 5, 2010; 1:02 AM ET

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Update on Congressional Briefing about Human Trafficking

Dallas Jessup, Deborah  Sigmund, Sandra Fiorini, and Selene Martin

Dallas Jessup, Deborah Sigmund, Sandra Fiorini, and Selene Martin

Co-Chairman McGovern and Deborah Sigmund

Co-Chairman McGovern and Deborah Sigmund


Human Trafficking: International and National Implications

10 a.m. – noon

Thursday, March 25

2255 Rayburn HOB

About Event

Human trafficking is one of the most serious threats to the protection of human rights, as it exploits the most vulnerable populations in the most vulnerable circumstances in a predatory manner, both within and across international borders. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA; P.L. 106 – 386) defines human trafficking as inducing a person to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. Any persons under age 18 who perform a commercial sex act are considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was present. People who are trafficked are denied basic freedoms, are extremely vulnerable to global health risks, and are sold and resold within rapidly spreading organized crime networks.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates at least 12.3 million children and adults are in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sex servitude at any given time.  INTERPOL estimates human trafficking to be a $28 billion enterprise.  The most comprehensive and far-reaching governmental report in the United States is the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which was mandated in the TVPA.  The primary objective of this report is to “[free] victims from this form of modern-day slavery.” The legislation further requires the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) to promote global awareness regarding human trafficking, to develop country-specific strategies to help foreign governments to better tackle the problem of trafficking, and to classify their accomplishments or failures to adhere to minimum standards in a tier system. 

To discuss these issues, we will welcome the following witnesses:***

I.      Panel:

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, G/TIP, U.S. Department of State

II.     Panel:

Timothy Williams, director of INTERPOL, Washington, D.C.

III.    Panel:

Dallas Jessup, founder, Just Yell Fire, a NGO protecting teenage-girls from trafficking

Deborah Sigmund, director, Innocents at Risk, a NGO raising awareness of trafficking

Sandra Fiorini, flight attendant, graduate of DHS “Operation Blue Lightning,” which combats trafficking on commercial airlines

Selene Martin, director, LexisNexis Cares, a public-private initiative to provide trafficking case management.

***Witness list subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison McGuire (Rep. McGovern) or Elizabeth Hoffman (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599.

James P. McGovern, M.C.                                                     Frank R. Wolf, M.C.

Co-Chairman, TLHRC                                                           Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Press Release

On March 25, 2010 Innocents at Risk appeared before Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing on Human Trafficking. The Co-Chairman of the HRC, Congressman James McGovern, MA and Congressman Frank Wolf, VA, led the panel. Founder,  Deborah Sigmund, appeared on a panel with:

  • TIP (Trafficking In Persons) Ambassador Luis C deBaca of the Department of State
  • Timothy Williams, Director of INTERPOL Washington DC
  • Dallas Jessup, “Just Yell Fire”
  • Sandra Fiorini, Sr. Flight Attendant, AA
  • Selene Martin, Director of LexisNexis Cares. 

Innocents at Risk is grateful to the Human Rights Commission for the opportunity to speak about our organization.  Deborah Sigmund spoke about the “Awareness Campaign”  Innocents at Risk began in 2005 and spoke about the Flight Attendant (Blue Lightning) Initiative which began in 2008 with one single flight attendant, Sandra Fiorini. At present we have a small army of flight attendants who we have trained based in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Washington DC, Idaho and LA.  We provide them with our blue brochures “Protecting Women and Children from Human Trafficking” and our blue wrist bands printed with Innocents at Risk and the National Human Trafficking HOTLINE 888-373-7888.


The hearing was very successful. The panel of 8 members of Congress were very pleased to hear about this Flight Attendant Initiative and our Awareness Campaign.  Awareness is prevention.  We are very grateful for the valuable assistance from Congressman McGovern and the members. 


Innocents at Risk continues to educate airline personnel, while filling constant requests for more brochures and National Human Trafficking Hotline wristbands.   


We have learned much from flight attendants, airline personnel and law enforcement. They are recognizing potential victims on planes and in airports as well as foreign nationals entering our country.  When the flight attendant notices a red flag a call is made to the hotline and law enforcement steps in.  This is one way we can prevent child trafficking before it starts. 


Please help us continue our valuable training to this dedicated task force of Airline Personal.


For further details of the briefing, please click on our News & Media link listed above.







On June 16, 2010 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, A Cocktail Reception in Honor of Innocents at Risk and 2009-2010 Donors and Sponsors

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Suggested donation per person: $250

May 2nd – Innocents at Risk and the Washington Ballet Present: A Panel Discussion With Minga and Special Guests


Aid for Haiti: A Reception and Discussion at the Georgetown Club


Last night, we went to a reception at the Georgetown Club, who pres Steve Hayes, tells us his son lost six friends on a missionary trip to Port-au-Prince when their hotel collapsed during the earthquake and he’s been to all their funerals. He’s with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph, who said “from my heart and my country, I thank you.” Founder of the event organizer Innocents at Risk, Deborah Sigmund, is with Blue Lotus Group’s Chrism Thomson.


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A Tribute to the Resilience of the Women of Haiti



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ABC 7′s Pamela Brown with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph


Marilyn Rose, Councilman Timothy Trudeau, CICM’s Randy Gonzales, and Innocents at Risk Board Member Pat Skantze


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Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund with Jonathan Corkery and friends at the George event


Innocents at Risk and Free the Slaves fundraising for Nepal.


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Cherie Short, Alexandra Robinson, and Preston Smith


Jonathan Corkery, David Cane, Innocents at Risk Director Deborah Sigmund, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Senior official Katerina Karousos


Amarie Kappaz, George Kappaz, and Deborah Sigmund

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Innocents at Risk founder Deborah Sigmund and husband Meltzer Group’s Don Sigmund, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy, now with  Baker & Hostetler, Paula Dobriansky, and the State Department’s Bruce Friedman, and Caris Corporation’s George PosteDeb Carstens. We would like to give a special thanks to Deb Carstens of the Carsens family fund for being a Liberty Sponsor.


D. Wright Sigmund, Natalie Grigorian Carmona, Cherie Short Innocents at Risk Director of Development, and Ryan O’Dwyer.

Crisis in Haiti: Support the Victims of Haiti Through Airline Ambassadors


Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake leaving Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas in ruin, from shantytowns to the presidential palace. Rescue teams have been frantically searching through the rubble in hopes of finding survivors.

For everyone who would like to assist the people of Haiti and provide them with much needed aid, please send your donations to Airline Ambassadors. Your donation will go directly to the victims and any contribution, regardless of how small, will help save lives.

Go to and select the “Donate Button, top story”.


Send checks to:

“Haiti Earthquake, January 2010″

Airline Ambassadors International
418 California Avenue, PO Box 459
Moss Beach, CA 94038

*Each donation is tax-deductible.

Posted: January 14, 2010

Something Beyond Greatness: Book Signing

On Wednesday the 23rd, Innocents at Risk hosted and sponsored an intimate book signing with Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine, the authors of Something Beyond Greatness: Conversations with a Man of Science and a Woman of God. The free event, held at the Georgetown Club, was open to the public. The evening was spent discussing the book and issues on human trafficking.

Rodgers and Naraine wrote the inspirational novel in an attempt to discover the reasons behind selfless actions – to find the “something beyond greatness”. They looked to inspirational figures such as Dr. King and Gandhi as well as ordinary men and women whose actions have bettered the world, asking the question “Is greatness biological or is it spiritual?”. The authors presented their findings to Dadi Janki, a woman of God, and Humberto Maturana, a man of science, to create a profound discussion on the link between spirituality and science, and the inspiration behind great acts of selflessness.

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Innocents At Risk Holiday Tea Party

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Cocktail Reception Hosted by the Ambassador of Mexico to Benefit Innocents At Risk & Airline Ambassadors

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Reception Hosted by the Ambassador of Chile to Benefit Innocents At Risk, Polaris Project & The Emancipation Network

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An Evening of Shopping & Champagne with Dior to Benefit Knock Out Abuse

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Celebrate the Launch of Our New Website at Cabanas!

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The DC Human Trafficking Task Force Night at The Park

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Remember to mention Innocents at Risk when you purchase your tickets!

DC Walks to Stop Child Trafficking

September 26, 2009
9:00 a.m. Registration & 10:30 a.m. Walk

Meridian Hill Park
15th Street, NW and W Street, NW
Washington, DC

Join Innocents at Risk for “DC Walks to Stop Child Trafficking” on Saturday, September 26th, 2009. The people of the Washington, DC Metro Area will walk together to rally support, raise awareness, and raise funds to stop child trafficking. This event will be organized by DC Stop Modern Slavery, a community group made up of over 650 community members from the DC Metro Area. This walk will be the largest anti-human trafficking event in DC History, and Innocents at Risk is excited to be involved. It will coincide with September “Combating Human Trafficking Month” and will be part of a larger national effort that includes cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. In addition, this event will bring together the DC community, NGO’s, local authorities and the media in raising awareness of and combating modern slavery in DC.

Innocents at Risk will have a booth at the event, and our Founder, Deborah Sigmund will participate in a panel discussion. President Obama has been invited to attend.

When: Saturday, September 26th, 2009. Registration opens at 9:00a.m. Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Meridian Hill Park, 15th Street, NW and W Street, NW, Washington DC.

To Get Involved: Call the Innocents at Risk office at 202-625-4338.

Screening of the Film “Taken”

Screening of the film ''Taken'' - June 29, 2009

Screening of the film “Taken”

Starring Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace

Directed by Pierre Morel
Hosted by Innocents at Risk

Monday, June 29th at 6:30pm

Letelier Theatre

3251 Prospect Street NW, Ste 500

Washington, DC 20007

Proceeds from this event went to support Innocents at Risk and our mission to end the global trafficking of women and children.

An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk, 2009

An Evening to Benefit Innocents at Risk - May 20, 2009

Hosted by The Ambassador of France, H.E. Pierre Vimont

Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm

The Ambassador’s Residence
Washington, DC


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Holiday Tea Hosted by Ann Hand


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Reception at Belgian Ambassador’s Residence

Reception at Belgian Ambassador's Residence


Woman’s Club, November 2008

Embassy of Colombia Benefit

Congressman Chris Smith, Deborah Sigmund, Angel Saltos, Ambasdor Carolina Barco, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez


Isabel Ernest, Ambasdor Carolina Barco, Congressman Chris Smith, Deborah Sigmund

Screening of the Film “Trade”


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Cocktails & Cupcakes


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Reception at the Embassy of Mexico



Alma Alfaro, Deborah Sigmund, Michelle Maele DuPont & Marleem Malek

Ambassador Arturi Sarakhan, Deborah Sigmund, Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky & Veronica Valencia Sarkhan
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Mexican Cultrual Institute

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Veronica Valencia Sarkhan, Ambassador Sarahan & Gail Scott

Mexican Cultrual Institute

Dr. Juliette Engel, Pat Scantz, Mary Bird

Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky

Dr. Mohomned Mattar & Michele Clark

Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky & Deborah Sigmund

Rhonda Wilkens, Marella Trager & Erica Moorehead

Shaluri Mafi, Pat Scantz, Hassau Mafi

Veronica Valencia Sarkhan, Ambassador Arturi Sarakhan, Under Secretary Paula & Deborah Sigmund

Congressman Bob Garcia & Ester Cooper Smith

Ester Cooper Smith, Deborah Sigmund & Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky

A Holiday Celebration


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2007 Innocents at Risk Benefit

April 19, 2007

Director of the Ricky Martin Foundation, Angel Saltos; Edi Gutierrez, Wife of the Secretary of Commerce; Deborah Sigmund; Ambassador of Sweden, Gunnar Lund & Under Secretary of State, Paula Dobriansky

Shamim Jawad, Isabel Ernst, Debroah Sigmund & Under Secretary of State Paula Dorbriansky

Barbara Harrison & Deborah Sigmund

Deborah Sigmund giving an award to Ambassador Gunnar Lund

Cidalia Akbar, Shamim Jawad & Annie Totah

Mrs. Carlos Gutierrez, Erica Gutierrez & Carlos Gutierrez Jr.

Isabel Ernst, Deborah Sigmund & Dianne Bruce

Pamela Sorensen &Victoria Michaels

Isabel Ernst, Ricardo Ernst, Carl Colby & Luca Ferrari

Dianne Bruce & Kim Nettles

Analia Stadthagen, Lizette Corro & Flor Castillo

Melvyn & Suellen Estrin

Mary Ammons, Cindy Jones & Betsy Delphos

Ambassador Paul Frazer, Dr. Tina Alster & Septime Webre of The Washington Ballet

The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic and Mrs. Espinal talking with Angel Saltos

Rakela Ruperez & Lloyd Hand

Judith Wilson, Isabel Ernst, Deborah Sigmund & Ricardo Ernst

Ashley Taylor & Ann Hand

Pat Skantz & Lolo Sarnoff

Isabel Ernst, Deborah Sigmund & Dianne Bruce

Click here to view the 2007 Benefit Program

A Holiday Celebration Presented By Van Cleef & Arpels


Reception at Residence of Swedish Ambassador

Isabel Ernst, Ambassador Gunner Lund and Deborah Sigmund

Lolo Sarnoff and Pat Scantz

Betsy Holleman, Nina Pillsburg, Arlene Eltzgroth

Luncheon in Honor of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic


Interamerican Development Bank Event with Ricky Martin


Left to right: Ambassador of Columbia, Director of Interamerican Development Bank, Isabel Ernst, Abassador Luis Alberto Moreno

Ricky Martin and Deborah Sigmund

Luncheon at the Embassy of Afghanistan

with Shahin Jawad, Wife of Ambassador of Afghanistan

Shamim Jawad (Hostess), Marie Isabel Abdenur (Wife of Ambassador of Brazil), Brenda de Suze

Shelia Katz, Heba Augustssen, and Marie Terese Lowell

Executive Committee Members: Hafeza Shahrayhr and Shaista Mahmood

Pamela Aparicio and Mary Bird

Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky speaking at luncheon at the Ambassadors.

Shamim Jawad, Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky and Deborah Sigmund.