Project Moses is a mission founded by parishioners to highlight the truths of human trafficking and share the Light of Christ with its survivors. Read below for information on both efforts in fighting human trafficking and also associated ministry opportunities and events.
Myth: Victims of human trafficking will immediately ask for help or assistance and will self-identify as a victim of a crime.
Reality: Victims of human trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime due to a variety of factors, including lack of trust, self-blame, or specific instructions by the traffickers regarding how to behave when talking to law enforcement or social services. It is important to avoid making a snap judgment about who is or who is not a trafficking victim based on first encounters. Trust often takes time to develop. Continued trust-building and patient interviewing is often required to get to the whole story and uncover the full experience of what a victim has gone through.
2020 Year In Review
3 MISSIONAL AREAS
To support the mission, 3 areas of concentration have been established: education, advocacy, and outreach and community partnerships. What we do:
- Monthly meetings with routine educational speakers
- Project Moses has hosted Lenten Speaker Series to provide education to SMAA parishioners about the issue of human trafficking
- Hosted the 2018 symposium on Human Trafficking - "Fighting For Freedom"
- Project Moses has hosted educational bus excursions to known trafficking areas in the Dallas area
- Letter writing to legislators to improve laws and enforcement that support victims
- Attended Human Trafficking rally in Austin during the 2019 legislative session
- Project Moses is an Executive Committee member and Membership Committee member of the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Outreach and Community Partnerships
- Monthly meals for survivors in rehabilitation programs
- Survivor Scholarship sponsor through the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking
- Partner with local agencies to help trafficking survivors with special gifts such as Easter baskets, personal hygiene products, Valentine's Day roses, etc.
- Provide the Dallas Police Department with products needed to support their Child Exploitation Unit when victims are rescued
- Mentor survivors of trafficking and domestic abuse
- Formed an exploratory committee to pursue opening a residence for the rehabilitation of trafficking victims
- Donations to Alive At Last, Mosaic Family Services, New Friends New Life, and Valiant Hearts for programs to aid survivors
- Donation to Restored Hope Ministries for refurbishing an apartment home for a program graduate
PROJECT MOSES PARTNERSHIPS
New Friends New Life
The Youth Resource Center is a place of healing, restoration, services, new friends, and new life for youth in our community who have been victimized. Financial donations are needed to provide items for this facility and volunteer opportunities are available to help with their services. Contact Terry or Mark Demler to donate or assist.
Boxed Lunch Program
Monthly, Project Moses provides prepared boxed lunches to 30 survivors at New Friends New Life. Due to social distancing, the curbside distribution of the boxed lunches at the New Friends New Life facility is limited to just two volunteers. For more information, please contact Sheryl Wylie.
Check back soon for 2021 opportunities
WE NEED YOU!
Interested? Come to a meeting! All meetings are 6:30-7:30 p.m. online via Zoom:
- Check back soon for more!
For questions and more information, contact:
Mark Demler [email protected]
Terry Demler [email protected]
Last October 20, Project Moses presented a free community event, sponsored by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, that brought together national, regional, and local experts in the field of human trafficking to provide information on research, law enforcement, and legislative fronts. A panel of human trafficking survivors was provided, offering a unique perspective into this horrific crime and the individual and community trauma caused by its existence.Read More »