Building a Better Dallas Together

Southern Methodist University and United Way have teamed with NFNL to provide a better way to serve survivors of sexual exploitation in Dallas!  Graduate students in the Human Rights and Social Justice program at SMU are working with New Friends New Life and other United Way of Metropolitan Dallas organizations, including CitySquare, Nexus, Child Care Management, On the Road and LIFT, to create succinct lines of communication among agencies to provide faster and more adequate assistance for clients.  The agencies selected are those that address the most pressing needs for the survivors served by NFNL: transportation and car repair, housing, substance abuse services, working parent support and childcare, and GED classes.  The goals of this program are to create relationships between United Way agencies to provide a more comprehensive and thorough level of assistance for clients and better collaboration among agencies.

SMU also announced the opening of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women.  Dedman School of Law students working in the new center will provide legal services such as protective orders; divorce, custody and child support agreements; and assistance with credit and housing issues.  Students will not only help women – they’ll also gain experience and see the human faces behind related legal issues.  The Hunter Legal Center will help clients of New Friends New Life and other service providers throughout the state who are victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.  We are excited to be in the work of building a better and stronger Dallas through growing partnerships!