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: Trafficked persons can only be foreign nationals or are only immigrants from other countries.
Reality: The federal definition of human trafficking includes both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Both are protected under the federal trafficking statutes and have been since the TVPA of 2000. Human trafficking within the United Stated affects victims who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders, and undocumented workers.
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.
Upcoming 2020 Opportunities
October 21 - 12:30-1:30
November 18 - 12:30-1:30
December 16 - 12:30-1:30
Throughout October Our Project Moses Ministry is sponsoring a donation drive for needed supplies, which will be given to the Dallas Police Department Child Exploitation Unit.
Support the DPD's Child Exploitation Unit During October!
Project Moses Supply Drive for DPD Child Exploitation Unit
Our Project Moses Ministry is sponsoring a donation drive for needed supplies, which will be given to the Dallas Police Department Child Exploitation Unit.
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 dates!
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 »