New Friends New Life (NFNL) restores and empowers trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women, and their children, and drives awareness of the issue and its prevalence. Through case management, trauma-informed counseling, and economic empowerment/educational support, NFNL is creating a community where women and girls can soar above the limits of their past and achieve their dreams.
Replenishes hygiene kits to help women maintain a healthy self-care routine and encourage dignity
Purchases gift cards for food/basic needs
Training and support to help prepare our women for job opportunities
Nourishes body, mind, and soul through warm, nutritious group meals
Provides our women with legal aid and covers court fees
Provides trauma-informed group and individual counseling sessions to help women recover from their emotional wounds
Texas ranks second in the nation for the highest number of sex trafficking victims, and Dallas ranks second in the state. This illegal sex trade generates $99 million a year for traffickers, and the average age a girl is trafficked in the United States is between 13 and 15 years old. New Friends New Life serves women and teen girls who have been trafficked or sexually exploited (i.e., forced into prostitution, brothels, clubs, or pornography). NFNL addresses the problem of sex trafficking in Dallas by stepping in to ensure survivors of trafficking and exploitation have the mental, tangible, and economic tools necessary to escape the sex trade for good, as well as advocating for policy change and education to bring awareness to trafficking and aid prevention efforts. In 2022, NFNL served 357 women and girls.
NFNL opened the onsite Legal Advocacy Clinic in September of 2022. Since opening, the clinic has helped over 112 survivors with legal aid in the areas of family law, criminal law, victim advocacy, and housing issues. June of 2023, NFNL broke ground on the Liberty Street Garden, an innovative partnership between The Meadows Foundation, New Friends New Life, and Bonton Farms that provides survivors of human trafficking a means to earn a living wage as they build a new life.
This year, NFNL is celebrating its Silver Jubilee and 25 years of helping restore and empower sex trafficking survivors and driving awareness to this issue in our community. Your support is critical as we continue to #StandForHer today and moving forward.
We have ongoing volunteer opportunities both at NFNL and at the Liberty Street Garden. Follow links below to find out more.
At New Friends New Life, we know that the work we do every day to restore and empower survivors exists against a crippling social backdrop of hatred, discrimination, and socioeconomic inequality. We cannot separate the acute trauma from this chronic trauma that has existed for generations. In order to break through these barriers, we must acknowledge, support, and hold space for those who are directly affected by these ills - beginning with our staff (64% of whom are women of color), the members we serve (69% women of color) and our diverse Board of Directors.