Park Cities residents are making strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and support teens and women who have fallen victim to the international crime.
New Friends New Life is a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides support and empowerment to trafficked and commercially exploited individuals and their families.
Their annual membership drive to join their partner group, Circle of Friends, raises money for the organization’s mission. Circle of Friends hosts community awareness, volunteer and fundraising events in the area. Membership dues directly support empowerment and restoration programs.
“Getting these precious lives on a road to self-sufficiency is critical. The staff at New Friends New Life is uniquely and spiritually qualified to meet these girls right where they need to be met,” said Elizabeth Gambrell, president of Circle of Friends.
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a national anti-human trafficking hotline and resource center, Texas ranked second in the nation for the number of human trafficking cases reported to the organization.
NFNL CEO Katie Pedigo explained that there are about 400 trafficked teens on the streets of Dallas each night.
“This is a serious issue in Dallas that requires the community to stand with us to support these teen girls and women. With the help of our Circle of Friends members, our organization continues to make critical strides in ending this human rights epidemic and providing a more hopeful future to the women and girls who have been victims of degradation,” said the Park Cities native.
For more information and to join Circle of Friends, visit their website.