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The Road to Innovation Podcast, Episode 12: Sex Trafficking on the rise during COVID-19

Sex-Trafficking is on the rise. Experts say they have seen a steady increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's episode on The Road To Innovation we introduce you to the CEO of New Friends, New Life, Kim Robinson. Robinson shares what New Friends New Life is doing to restore the lives of sex trafficking survivors. Part of that restoration is making sure survivors get the intensive care and counseling they need on their road to recovery. Robinson talks about how crucial it is to receive donations at this time- and what you can do to help!

About New Friends New Life: 

"NFNL emerged in 1997 when an exotic dancer entered a local church seeking help.  The church’s women’s group helped her find employment and provided the ongoing support she needed to make a fresh start. Soon she began bringing friends to the church, and the group organized to help more women escape sexual exploitation. These initial efforts blossomed into what NFNL provides today – evidence-based programs to help survivors recover from complex trauma, rebuild lives, and thrive. "

New Friends New Life offers comprehensive programming to nearly 400 women, teens, and children annually. Our direct services include: 

Women’s Program providing individual/group counseling, case management, and economic empowerment tools to help adult survivors heal and become independent. 

A drop-in Youth Resource Center helping high-risk, exploited, and trafficked girls ages 12 – 24 with trauma-informed care. 

Adult Resource Center (ARC) provides technology access, computer and life-skills training, and vocational and job readiness preparation opportunities. 

Employment Partnership Program helps survivors attain conventional employment, partnering with businesses in North Texas to provide entry-level, livable wage jobs and opportunities for more skill-building.

Childcare while mothers can attend educational classes, with capacity to facilitate therapy for young children who have PTSD from experiencing or witnessing abuse and exploitation.

To learn more or to join the mission of helping teen girls and women restore from sex trafficking or exploitation and build new lives for themselves and their children, please visit:

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