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Human Trafficking Prevention Month


“At this time, I encourage all Texans to join the fight against human trafficking. Awareness and education are critical to preventing exploitation, holding perpetrators accountable and supporting victims. Together, we can bring an end to this terrible crime.” – Governor Greg Abbott

This month, New Friends New Life has been busy collaborating with the community to create solutions that support survivors and address the demand for this horrific crime. Below are a few highlights:   

  • In preparation for Texas’s 85th Legislative Session, New Friends New Life hosted meetings with Representative Tan Parker, law enforcement, SMU’s Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women, and district attorneys from across the state to discuss proposed legislation to better support survivors and prosecute traffickers and buyers.
  • New Friends New Life co-sponsored Human Trafficking Advocacy Day on January 25 to thank legislators for their dedication to the cause, and urge them to make human trafficking a priority issue during the 85th Legislative Session. 
  • Having successfully launched the New Friends New Life manKINDness® Project last fall at Parish Episcopal School and Hillcrest High School, New Friends New Life's Men’s Advocacy Group is gearing up to train hundreds of student athletes in the Richardson Independent School District starting this month.
  • New Friends New Life staff participated in the Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition Expo with other agencies, organizations, and ministries to spread awareness in the community about human trafficking.
Thank you for joining us on the front lines of human trafficking prevention. It is only because of your generous support that we are able to make meaningful progress for survivors and life-saving prevention efforts for potential victims. 

Honoring the Legacy of Katie Pedigo


As New Friends New Life prepares for another year of providing hope for victims of human trafficking and exploitation, we honor Katie Pedigo, who is retiring after more than six years of compassionate and visionary service to our organization. Katie’s legacy will live on through the recent resolution adopted by the Commissioners Court of Dallas County in recognition of her service to trafficked and exploited women in our community and through the dedication of the Katie Pedigo Family & Group Therapy Room at New Friends New Life, where thousands of women, children, and families will be served on their paths toward healing and restoration.
 
Together with the Board, New Friends New Life is pleased to announce that Kelly Cruse, who was promoted to Executive Director last year, will be overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations and continued growth. Kelly has been an integral part of the New Friends New Life team for more than five years, serving as Advancement Officer. Under her tenure, the organization experienced record-breaking growth, including events that have surpassed all fundraising goals and strategic initiatives that have moved our advocacy platforms and services to new heights. 
 
Kelly’s vast experience in the nonprofit community partnered with her corporate expertise is an excellent combination to help usher New Friends New Life into a new era. Kelly can be reached at kcruse@newfriendsnewlife.org.

Our Mission

New Friends New Life restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and children.
 
By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.
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