American Airlines fights human trafficking in partnership with New Friends New Life

American Airlines has announced it is combating human trafficking in partnership with Dallas nonprofit New Friends New Life, the company said.

The two companies will assist victims and raise public awareness of the crime and how to curtail it.

New Friends New Life is guided by a mission to restore and empower formerly trafficked teenage girls and sexually exploited women and their children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.

As partners in the fight against human trafficking, American and New Friends New Life will raise awareness and support the needs of Dallas-area women and teens who have been affected by human trafficking. As part of the partnership, American team members will be able to engage in human trafficking awareness training sessions and volunteer activities organized in cooperation with New Friends New Life. The company will support New Friends New Life´s annual luncheon, as well as have an American executive serve on the organization´s board of directors.

American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life´s journey, American´s 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually.

New Friends New Life (NFNL) restores and empowers formerly trafficked and sexually exploited women, teen girls and children. In 2019, NFNL served 372 members (clients). NFNL also educates the community and works to eradicate the epidemic of human trafficking through advocacy, legislative reform and strategic partnerships that address systemic causes. In 2018, NFNL opened a drop-in Youth Resource Center (YRC) in partnership with the Office of the Governor to serve trafficked and high-risk teen girls. More than 100 girls visited the YRC during its first year.