Situated in a non-descript office building in our neighborhood, the address of which is kept confidential to protect clients, New Friends New Life is working to address human sex trafficking from all sides. They help women establish a life outside the sex trade, both with education and job training; they educate at-risk girls to be savvy and protect themselves from predators; and they look at demand, encouraging men to consider the potential ripple impact of their actions.
While Amal Alamuddin may be best known as the woman who finally captured notorious Hollywood playboy George Clooney’s heart, her work as a top human rights lawyer has had a much more significant affect on the world. She has argued in courtrooms across the globe to bring protection to the most vulnerable, those who might otherwise slip through the cracks. In 2015, much of her focus was on protecting girls and women from sexual and physical abuse in combat zones. Naturally, she was a perfect choice to serve as the key note speaker for New Friends New Life’s annual Wings fundraiser, set for Thursday, April 14, at the Hilton Anatole from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“(Amal Clooney) will be an excellent speaker for our luncheon,” said Lauren Haskins, development director for New Friends New Life. “She is very passionate about human rights in all forms, including women’s rights.”
The fundraiser is stacked with well-known Dallas names. Former First Lady Laura Bush is one of the honorary chairs, while the Honorable Jeanne Phillips steps in as event chair. The Wings luncheon has seen some powerhouse speakers over its 13 years, including Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks and Harriet Miers.
Individual tickets are sold out, but tables and sponsorships are still available by calling 214-965-0935.
Of the proceeds raised, New Friends New Life spends 88 percent directly on programs to benefit around 1,200 women and girls each year in Dallas.