This Is 13

What did you look like when you were a 13-year-old? What were you doing at that age?

Did you know that 13 is the average age an American girl enters the sex trade? There is a simple way for you to use your influence to raise sex trafficking awareness around this staggering statistic to support trafficked teens…

Join New Friends New Life’s “This Is 13” campaign by:

1.       Sending a photo of yourself or loved one at age 13. If you do not have a digital file of your photo, just snap a picture of the photo using your smart phone and send to communications@newfriendsnewlife.org.

2.       Similar to the Facebook filter for profile pictures created after the 2015 Paris attacks, New Friends New Life will add the filter shown on Shelly Slater’s photo below  and we’ll send the photo back to you.

3.       Post the filtered photo as your profile picture or as a post on Facebook or Instagram. 

Visit Thisis13.org to learn more. 

Funds raised will help support the launch of New Friends New Life’s new Teen Programs, including a new Teen Center and 24/7 victim advocate response

This is Shelly Slater at age 13, the day she met Gloria Campos. 

This is Shelly Slater at age 13, the day she met Gloria Campos. 

Use this caption when you post your filtered photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on September 14:

Facebook & Instagram: This is 13. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. Support @New Friends New Life’s trafficked teen program including a new teen center and 24/7 victim advocate response in Dallas. #ThisIs13 www.newfriendsnewlife.org/donate

Twitter: #ThisIs13 Support @nfnlnews' trafficked teen program including new teen center & 24/7 victim advocates here: http://bit.ly/1VC1nUA

Please consider inviting five (5) of your friends to join!

The goal is to raise $65K to help support our new Teen Programs

New Comprehensive Teen Program Launches this Fall

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A recent report from the University of Texas estimates that there are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in the state of Texas. Once recovered from sex trafficking, teens require specialized services, therapy, case management and a new community. If they are left unattended they often become susceptible and vulnerable to again be preyed on by traffickers. Our team has been working hard to better meet the needs of our city’s trafficked teens.

This fall, we are launching both a 24/7 Victim Advocate Response Team for trafficked teen survivors and in partnership with the Governor’s office, a community-based Teen Center.

Once a trafficked teen is identified, our 24/7 victim advocates will respond within 60 minutes to provide immediate intervention and needs-assessment to make the best recommendations for the teen. The advocates will lock arms with the teen through every step of their recovery process and provide case management and emotional support to help the teen heal.  

Our new Teen Center will be a place of healing, services, restoration, new friends and a new life for youth in our community that have been victimized.

Holistically, our services will include:

  •  individual and group counseling
  •  trauma-informed case management
  •  life-skills development
  •  weekly community activities (e.g., movement, art therapy)
  •  educational support and assistance with GEDs
  •  support group for parents of trafficked teens

To support the new Teen  Center and 24/7 Victim Advocate Response Team, click here. We will also need in-kind donations such as kitchen appliances, iPhones, and computers. Please click here to give an in-kind donation.

New Friends New Life: 2017 Texas House Bills to Support

New Friends New Life Supports Legislation that Provides: Protective Provisions for Child Human Trafficking Victims, Expanded Relief for Child and Adult Victims of Human Trafficking and Harsher Penalties for those Buying Children. The following bills are currently before the Texas legislature and promote the positions articulated in the New Friends New Life Legislative Agenda. Please contact your local legislators and tell them to support these bills on behalf of victims and survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation! 

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and the Human Trafficking Hotline receives the 2nd most calls from Texas.

It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 human trafficking victims passes through our state. 

We aim to help tackle this growing epidemic by focusing on three main goals during this legislative session:

(1) providing protective provisions for child human trafficking victims;

(2) expanding relief for child and adult victims of human trafficking; and

(3) decreasing demand for sex trafficking

(4) request the lt. governor and the speaker of the house to create a joint interimcommittee to study human trafficking in Texas.

Proposed solutions to problems relating to these goals are presented below, with references to bills that are currently before the Texas state legislature that support them.

        I.            Provide Protective Provisions for Child Human Trafficking Victims

(1)  Problem: Children involved in sex trafficking are charged with prostitution offenses in some jurisdictions.

Proposed Solution: Establish support programs that divert rather than convict victims of sex trafficking and programs that educate minors on the risks and warning signs of sex trafficking.

Supporting Bills: HB 1218, HB 2645, SB 2039

(2)  Problem: Buyers of prostitution are difficult to prosecute.

Proposed Solution: Codify that buyers can be prosecuted for sexual acts with children, regardless of whether they knew the age of the victim.  Increase punishment for frequent buyers of prostitution services.

Supporting Bills: HB 29, HB 1808, HB 2960

     II.            Expand Relief for Child and Adult Victims of Human Trafficking

(1)  Problem: Trafficking victims are forced to do things that result in criminal arrests and convictions. Their criminal record then hinders them from receiving housing and employment opportunities.

Proposed Solution: Allow trafficking victims to request orders of nondisclosure or expunctions for convictions, not just successful completion of deferred adjudication, and for other offenses in addition toprostitution, including theft and drug-related offenses. 

Supporting Bills:  HB 269, HB 2509, SB 1165, SB 1504

  III.            Decrease Demand for Sex Trafficking

(1)  Problem: Currently, buyers of prostitution must offer to engage, agree to engage, or engage in sexual conduct for a fee or solicit another in a “public place” to be convicted of a crime. However, most trafficking activity occurs in private and/or on the Internet.

Proposed Solution: Eliminate the requirement for solicitation in a “public place" and focus additional attention on the growing sex trade online.

Supporting Bills: HB 29, HB 2020, HB 2960, SB 1569

(2)  Problem: People who purchase commercial sexual activity are not facing significant penalties.

Proposed Solution: Increase punishments for frequent buyers of commercial sexual activity and make it easier for them to be charged with a crime.

Supporting Bills: HB 29, HB 1218, HB 1666, HB 1667, HB 1808, HB 2020, HB 2529, HB 2960, SB 811, SB 1433, SB 1569, SB 1579

(3)  Problem: It is currently challenging for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute some traffickers and others who contribute to and benefit financially from prostitution.

Proposed Solution: Expand the meaning of “promotion of prostitution” to include traffickers and others who provide a person for prostitution service, operate or assist to operate a prostitution enterprise, or engage in other conduct designed to institute, aid, or facilitate prostitution so that they too can be prosecuted.

Supporting Bill: HB 2960

(4)  Problem: When individuals are charged with sexual offenses against minors, the statutes do not make it clear that offenders can’t defend themselves by saying that there was no real child involved or they did not know the child’s age.

Proposed Solution: Add language to notify defendants and jurors that individuals can be prosecuted regardless of whether the individual knows of the child’s age or whether the child actually exists.

Supporting Bills: HB 29, HB 1808, HB 2960, SB 1569 

2017 Luncheon Launch Party Celebrates This Year’s ProtectHer Award Recipients

Last week our board members, sponsors and staff gathered at the beautiful home of Lauryn Gayle and Tom White to celebrate the upcoming New Friends New Life Luncheon, and our 2017 ProtectHer Award Recipients - Airline Ambassadors International, United States Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team and Parish Episcopal School. The four recipients will be honored at the May 10 New Friends New Life Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at the OMNI Dallas Hotel, for their visionary guidance and leadership in protecting the rights of women and children. The luncheon, featuring Joe Ehrmann as headliner, is chaired by Lisa Cooley and Tanya Foster and Honorary Co-Chairs Gail and Dr. R. Gerald Turner.

L to R: Associate Director of Strategic Development for Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, Alan Schonborn; 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley; Governance Board Chair Wendy Messmann; Men's Advocacy Group Board Chair Chris Kleinert; New Friends New Life Executive Director Kelly Cruse; and 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Tanya Foster 

L to R: Associate Director of Strategic Development for Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, Alan Schonborn; 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley; Governance Board Chair Wendy Messmann; Men's Advocacy Group Board Chair Chris Kleinert; New Friends New Life Executive Director Kelly Cruse; and 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Tanya Foster 

For our International ProtectHer award recipient, we selected Airline Ambassadors International for its work around the world training airline personnel about the warning signs of human trafficking. You may have read about one such Ambassador – Shelia Fedrick - in the news. Ms. Fedrick is a flight attendant trained by Airline Ambassadors International who identified a human trafficking child victim on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco. Thanks to Ms. Fedrick’s keen eye, courage and training, this teen girl is now safe.

2017 Luncheon Honorary Co-Chairs Gail and Dr. R. Gerald Turner.

2017 Luncheon Honorary Co-Chairs Gail and Dr. R. Gerald Turner.

Our national ProtectHer award recipient is U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking as well as the author of five federal anti-trafficking laws since 2012. He is a champion for legislation that prosecutes traffickers and helps restore victims.

L to R: 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley; 2017 Luncheon Launch Party Host, Lauryn Gayle White; and 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Tanya Foster

L to R: 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley; 2017 Luncheon Launch Party Host, Lauryn Gayle White; and 2017 Luncheon Co-Chair Tanya Foster

Our state ProtectHer award recipient is Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, who is dedicated to bolstering Texas’ fight against child sex trafficking. Their study of the scope of child sex trafficking in Texas identified gaps in victims’ services and best practice solutions to fill those gaps.

LORI and Major Jeoff Williams, Texas Department of Public Safety

LORI and Major Jeoff Williams, Texas Department of Public Safety

Finally, our local ProtectHer award recipient is Parish Episcopal School, where our Men’s Advocacy Group was privileged to pilot the New Friends New Life manKINDness Project curriculum - a 60-minute interactive learning experience tailored to teen boys - about the importance of valuing and respecting women and girls. The goal of this curriculum is prevention and Parish stepped up to the plate and said we want our young men to be a part of that. Head of School Dave Monaco and Former Head Coach Scott Nady championed this issue among Parish students and their parents, and helped the Men’s Advocacy Group bring a well-tested curriculum to our  community.

We are so grateful to our 2017 luncheon chairs, board members, sponsors, launch party hosts and ProtectHer award recipients for supporting the mission of New Friends New Life and standing up for victims of sex trafficking and exploitation.

"Sex Trafficking is a Human Rights Issue" - Our Dallas Morning News Op-Ed In Support of Resa Woodward

Resa Woodward is a victim of a crime.  A person is a victim of sex trafficking when another person, a pimp or trafficker, uses violence, threats, lies, or coercion to compel her into commercial sex acts against her will. A person forced to work in pornography falls into this victim category.

It took tremendous determination for Ms. Woodward to overcome trauma, become a teacher and improve her life.  She should be applauded for her courage, yet is being penalized for something she was forced into decades ago.  

Sadly, working with trafficking victims for 19 years, we hear this story often.  Victims are blamed for abuse and few are given the opportunities needed to rebuild their lives. We have seen personally at New Friends New Life that holistic services can help victims overcome trauma so they can achieve a second chance at life, which, like Ms. Woodward, they deeply deserve.

Sex trafficking is a horrific form of abuse that happens daily to women in our community. But it is not a women’s issue; it’s a human rights issue. We must treat victims of this crime with encouragement and dignity. They are not criminals; the ones who benefit from their abuse are.

Kelly Cruse, Executive Director of New Friends New Life

Chris Kleinert, Chair, Men’s Advocacy Group of New Friends New Life

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2017/02/25/sex-trafficking-energy-transfer-partners-dallas-pension-plan-h-r-mcmaster-fahrenheit-451

MAG Men Serve It Up Again!

The tradition continues! On February 1, MAG men delivered a unique night of celebration and fine dining to girls and women receiving aftercare services from New Friends New Life. Following Brett Pedigo’s (MAG Board ’15) inspirational words, 10 MAG men mobilized to serve a 3-course meal to over 40 women and teen girls. MAG men closed the event with a Valentine’s gift presentation and flowers for each attendee. It was MAG’s honor to serve and based on the response from our guests, our skills are getting sharp and the night was a huge success. Thank you to the MAG Men 10!  Special thanks to underwriters Mike Studer (MAG ’16) and Jim Barnett (MAG ’16).

CJ and Melissa Winslow of FoodTronix and MAG Men Bill Morse, Mike Studer, Phil Campbell, Bret Pedigo, Monty LEWIS, Colby Langford, Dr. Terrence Autry, Dr. George Ball, Stephen Pryor, Jim Barnett (not pictured)

CJ and Melissa Winslow of FoodTronix and MAG Men Bill Morse, Mike Studer, Phil Campbell, Bret Pedigo, Monty LEWIS, Colby Langford, Dr. Terrence Autry, Dr. George Ball, Stephen Pryor, Jim Barnett (not pictured)

manKINDness Project High School Curriculum Reaches Over 250 New Students

JJ Pearce and Richardson High Schools became the most recent schools to complete the manKINDness Project High School curriculum for boys. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety joined Bill Morse last week to engage 253 student-athletes in a positive prevention conversation about human trafficking. The dialogue helped each young man understand the power he possesses through his voice and thoughts that translate into words and attitudes toward girls and women. To date, 331 high school boys have completed the training.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month Updates

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:   

  • 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.
  • 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. 

 

MAG Men Set to Continue manKINDness® Service

MAG men designed this first of its kind dinner program for the women attending New Friends New Life’s Wednesday Night Program. MAG will host four themed dinners in 2017 with the first being February 1. Up to 10 men can participate on the night of the event from 5:15PM to 7:15PM. Can’t attend this time? No problem! We are also seeking volunteers to help underwrite a small gift for the 40 New Friends New Life members to be served on February 1. Contact Bill Morse (214-965-0935 or bmorse@newfriendsnewlife.org) and be a part of this special night of manKINDness®.  

Speakers’ Bureau Seeking Opportunities

The MAG Speakers Bureau is designed to go most any place at most any time to bring sex trafficking and exploitation related education and awareness to our community. You can help make this happen by taking just a few minutes. Call or send your leads and contacts to Bill Morse at 214-965-0935 or bmorse@newfriendsnewlife.org.  Here are just a few examples of venues that we hope to reach:

Churches
Schools
Social Clubs & Groups
Corporate Events
Conventions/Special Functions
Hospitals
Law Enforcement
Board Meetings

manKINDness® Education Curriculum Slated for All RISD High Schools

With direct participation and support from Dr. Clayton Oliphint (MAGBOD ’15), MAG was able to secure a late November agreement with the Richardson Independent School District to present the manKINDness® Education Curriculum at each of its four high school campuses: Berkner, Lake Highlands, Pearce and Richardson. Dates are set. Training begins in January. Several hundred male student-student athletes from the football teams will participate. Some coaches are interested in expanding participation to all male athletic activities.

The success of this outreach was not possible without the kindness of a No Harm Network member who introduced Bill to Leslie Slovak, RISD’s athletic director. Ms. Slovak embraced the idea, gained coaches’ support and later secured approval from RISD administration. However, the extra point on this score came at the hands of Dr. Oliphint who arranged and attended a meeting with Pearce’s first-year Head Football Coach David Collins who was representing fellow District coaches. Dr. Oliphint and Bill discussed program details and possibilities with Coach Collins as well as addressed his and other RISD football coaches’ questions. Following a district coaches meeting, Berkner High School Head Football Coach, Jim Ledford wrote: “we are in total agreement with the direction you are going with this presentation.”

 

Click http://www.risd.org/group/schools/schools_main.html to learn more about the Richardson Independent School District schools and the men (head football coaches) who are committed to being more than a coach to our future’s men. To paraphrase Coach Collins: “as football coaches in North Texas, we take very seriously the influential position we’re in. We have chosen to be a positive instrument in our boys’ lives which naturally entails helping to build character on and off the field. This program fits well within that scope.”

Twelve MAG Members Preparing to Help Share the New Friends New Life Message

The purpose of the training course is to equip attendees with the information and tools necessary to make informed public presentations on behalf of New Friends New Life and MAG. The course is designed for new members involved with the newly formed MAG Speakers’ Bureau. While any MAG member is welcome to participate, December training sessions are full. The class will be offered periodically throughout the coming year.  Know a venue to take our message? Church? Social club? School or Team?  Contact Bill at MAG@newfriendsnewlife.org or by calling 214.796.0935 x307. 

No Harm Network Membership Drive Planned for National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In November, the MAG Board endorsed an enhanced membership/enrollment strategy aimed at accelerating the growth of No Harm Network membership in 2017.  The No Harm Network exists to increase awareness in the business community about human trafficking and the role that business policies and culture can serve in protecting teen girls and women from the harm of sex trafficking and exploitation.

The enhanced approach seeks to increase businesses’ awareness and education about sex trafficking and exploitation within the organization as a requisite for membership. The enhanced membership parameters require organizations to allow MAG to provide employee education/awareness training about sex trafficking and exploitation, and how everyday business practices can be part of the solution. Organizations must also display the No Harm Network emblem on the company website. 

While the original Network membership requirements obligated organizations to pledge adherence to specific policies and practices that did no harm to victims of sex trafficking, the new strategy includes educating organizations about said policies and practices.

Despite changes to our membership strategy, the key to growing the Network continues to be active involvement from our MAG members.  Members can help in numerous ways including personally recruiting organizations for membership, introducing organizational decision makers to MAG contacts, promoting the Network among colleagues, and so on. In coming weeks, MAG members will receive an updated No Harm Network packet with talking points, key information, and a new video short to facilitate MAG members’ support of the campaign. If each MAG member delivered just one (1) Network candidate, we could raise an incredible and indelible voice within the Dallas business community.

Already have business candidates for outreach? Got other ideas? Contact Bill at MAG@newfriendsnewlife.org or 214.965.0935 x307.

 

Chronology of the Men's Advocacy Group

Below is a brief overview of the Men's Advocacy Group history as of November 18, 2016: 

2014

•    New Friends New Life’s Board of Directors approves launching a  Men’s Initiative
•    Executive in Action consulting team’s organization, design and deployment recommendations for men’s group endorsed by Board of Directors (Sep) 
•    Chris Kleinert named founding Chairman of unnamed men’s Board (Dec)

2015

•    New Friends New Life hires first male staff in its then 18-year history (Jan)
•    Seven-member Executive Committee for men’s group board formed to create men’s group mission and recruit men’s Board directors (Feb)
•    MAG accepts new role of announcing ProtectHer Award recipients annually (Mar)
•    Chairman Kleinert announces founding 20 members of men’s board (May)
•     Inaugural men’s Board of Directors meeting held (Jun)
•    Men’s board adopts “Men’s Advocacy Group,” a.k.a. MAG, as group name (Aug)
•    MAG Board concludes extensive foundational education process on sexual exploitation and sex trafficking which featured professionally-guided tours through high trafficking areas in the Metroplex (Aug)
•    MAG Board formally adopts mission statement that focuses on advocacy, legislation and corporate engagement (Nov)

2016

•    No Harm Network Campaign begins; first member enrolled (Apr) 
•    MAG Membership Campaign begins (May)
•    Inaugural Onboarding Training of new Members held (Aug)
•    MAG starts 60-day pilot of manKINDness® High School Education curriculum (Aug)
•    First new Members Meeting (Conference) held (Sep)
•    MAG featured in its first onsite organization training event at DART (Sep)
•    MAG conducts first man manKINDness® High School Education program at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas (Sep)
•    MAG Board strikes accord with Boy Scouts of America to create and pilot a first of its kind education program for boys and girls of BSA (Oct) 
•    New Members engage in first group event by hosting a “dinner experience” for New Friends New Life survivors (Nov)
•    MAG conducts first awareness presentation at a middle school (Nov)

 

manKINDness® Education Curriculum Continues to Make Inroads

Bill Morse didn’t know what to expect after he accepted the challenge of facing two dozen young teens alone at DISD’s Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School on November 17, 2016, a day he will not soon forget. Bill and 24 boys and girls gathered together to have an open conversation about the importance of respecting themselves and others. The interactive experience broached topics related to the community, volunteerism, and human trafficking. Students learned that human trafficking is a worldwide crisis and that it exists here in Dallas. The predominantly male classroom heard about the power that young men have in being a part of solutions to stop trafficking and the role that New Friends New Life and the Men’s Advocacy Group plays in the fight.  Click here to learn more about Quintanilla Middle School (http://www.dallasisd.org/quintanilla)

Speakers' Training for New MAG Members Now Available

MAG members can now enroll in a two-hour training course to learn more about Sex Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, New Friends New Life, and the mission of the MAG. The purpose of the training course is to equip attendees with the information and tools necessary to make informed public presentations on behalf of New Friends New Life and MAG. While the course is designed for new members involved with the newly formed MAG Speakers’ Bureau, any MAG member is welcome to participate. The class will be offered periodically throughout the coming year, but you don’t have to wait. Training sessions scheduled for December are listed below. If one of the dates fits your schedule, contact Bill Morse to sign up.

Session 1: Tuesday, December 13 (2:30pm - 4:30pm)
Session 2: Wednesday, December 14 (8:00am - 10:00am)
Session 3: Wednesday, December 14 (2:30pm - 4:30pm)
Session 4: Thursday, December 15 (8:00am - 10:00am)

 

 

manKINDness High School Pilot a Success Across All Measures

MAG’s high school education and awareness pilot concluded in October and was deemed a resounding success. Championed and developed by MAG with input from NFNL’s clinical and child development experts, the high school manKINDness® education and awareness curriculum is a 75-minute interactive learning experience tailored for young men in high school. The purpose of the curriculum is to create candid dialogue around valuing and respecting women, as well as educating young men on the relative harmful effects of derogatory language, disrespectful actions, and viewing pornography. All pilot goals were achieved.

After a pre-trial exercise to assess program content with boys at the Letot Center, the pilot officially moved into production. The curriculum was first piloted at the Parish Episcopal School (Head Coach Scott Nady, MAG ‘16) in September followed by Hillcrest High School (Head Coach Aaron Todd) in October. A total of 58 high school football players participated in the pilot program. Ninety-seven percent of the student-athletes recommend the program for boys at all high schools and 55 of 58 student-athletes acknowledged that the education impacted their attitudes toward women and will likely affect their behaviors toward girls in the future. 

How you can help?
•    Volunteer to recruit your child’s school or other schools around the Metroplex
•    Introduce Bill Morse to a potential lead or high school contact
•    Join the education effort and get trained to deliver the curriculum

To view Coach Scott Nady's interview, follow this link: http://www.wfaa.com/news/coach-impacts-players-beyond-football/323041536

 

Parish Episcopal Football Team manKINDness curriculum led by Coach Scott Nady, Major Jeoff Williams, and New Friends New Life's Bill Morse

Parish Episcopal Football Team manKINDness curriculum led by Coach Scott Nady, Major Jeoff Williams, and New Friends New Life's Bill Morse

manKINDness curriculum delivery at Hillcrest High School featured in Preston Hollow People

manKINDness curriculum delivery at Hillcrest High School featured in Preston Hollow People

MAG Contributes Significantly to NFNL Education Forum at SMU

MAG men were well-represented at NFNL’s Education Forum on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children at SMU on October 25. SMU President and MAG Executive Advisory Council member, Dr. R. Gerald Turner (MAG ‘15) opened the evening’s program. Texas Department of Public Safety Major and MAG Board member Jeoff Williams (MAG ‘15) and High School Head Coach and new MAG member Scott Nady (MAG ‘16) were two of four distinguished panelists, which also included New Friends New Life’s Clinical Director Dr. HaeSung Han and activist and TCU professor Dr. Vanessa Bouché. Panelist remarks ensured an engaged audience. Other MAG members contributed to the successful evening by prominently and cheerfully sporting MAG’s No Harm Network lapel pins while serving as greeters prior to the program’s start. Professional photography was benevolently provided by Holt Haynsworth (MAG ’16) of Haynsworth Photography.

MAG Men Deliver a Fine Dining Experience for Survivors

November 9th marked a new dining era for service delivery to the women who attend NFNL’s weekly Wednesday Night Program at the Preston Road Church of Christ. Eleven MAG men hosted the dinner event aimed at honoring NFNL’s women recovering from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The men provided a full service sit-down dinner themed “Celebrating You!” MAG men experienced joy and humility throughout the evening as they engaged the grateful and kind survivors. 

All of the MAG men delivered meals to the tables. Bill Morse (MAG ’15) opened the evening with a thank you to the survivors and a brief history of MAG. MAG Board Chairman Chris Kleinert (MAG ’15) shared powerful words of encouragement and support giving assurance that MAG will be an ongoing source of advocacy. David Ball (MAG ’15) blessed the meal and the 3-course dinner service followed. MAG adorned each table with black and white linens and a specially-made fresh floral centerpiece donated by attending member Matt Brady (MAG ’15). Each dinner table came with two assigned MAG waiters who saw to the dining needs of each survivor. Other MAG men including Phil Campbell, Chris Johnson, Colby Langford, Mark Negri, Jerry Weete, Alan Wood and Scott Wright – all class of 2015 – combined to man the kitchen, maintain food and beverage coverage, table service and clean-up detail. Every MAG man was a full and active participant to ensure the premium service that only MAG can deliver.

While the hosting MAG men noted a few modest opportunities for process and service enhancements, they are both humbled and inspired to reiterate words spoken to survivors last Wednesday night:  “we stand with you, for you and if necessary, in front of you.” MAG men were honored and moved by survivors’ appreciation. Two such examples are captured in Thank You cards to MAG: “A lot of thought… deserves much recognition. My heart is full” and “Feeling pretty blessed to be treated special tonight.”

In 2017, MAG men are scheduled to return and deliver more top notch culinary experiences on Feb 1, May 3, Aug 30, and Oct 25. 

How you can help?
•    If you are a MAG member, sign-up to serve on at least one of the four 2017 dates
•    Identify a benefactor donor willing to donate all or a portion of the dinner meal
•    Donate or arrange for a donor to underwrite small gifts for the survivors