Sunday, August 16, 2015 marked a momentous occasion for the men of the New Friends New Life Men’s Advocacy Group Board of Directors. Representatives from the recently formed Men’s Board accompanied by a Federal law enforcement expert were featured panel speakers at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson’s Men Rally. Over 100 men attended the annual public event designed to inform and discuss important community and moral issues facing today’s men.
Moderated by New Friends New Life’s Bill Morse, Men’s Board Chairman Chris Kleinert, Men’s Board member Bret Pedigo and Homeland Security Special Agent Phil Campbell shared facts about the world-wide epidemic of human trafficking in America and in North Texas and the important role men play in combating this human rights issue. Texas ranks second only to California in human trafficking while outpacing the next two closest states by more than 30% in reported human trafficking cases.[i] There are an estimated 400 trafficked teens on Dallas streets every night. As conveyed by one attendee: “I never realized, but I certainly do now.”
Panelists fielded an array of questions from the highly engaged audience of men while encouraging attendees to stand with the men of New Friends New Life against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children in our community. Many men answered the call without delay seeking more information about how they can become involved and influence change in their community.
Are you interested in learning more about our Men’s Advocacy Group or how you can support the New Friends New Life mission to restore and empower formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children?
Complete the online form or call us at 214.965.0935. You can contact Bill Morse directly at 214.800.2842.
[i] National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Written by: Bill Morse, Community Engagement Coordinator