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New Friends New Life 2022 Luncheon Melissa Sherrill Martin, Co-Chair

 A United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), Ormond will share her thoughts on what is needed to create systemic change to eradicate trafficking at its source

New Friends New Life (NFNL) announces Julia Ormond, a British Emmy® award-winning stage, film, and television actress who has been fighting human trafficking since the 1990s, will headline its annual luncheon on Friday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. Luncheon co-chairs are Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl and Melissa Sherrill Martin. Honorary co-chairs are Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.

Among her best-known film work, Ormond has starred in Legends of the FallSabrinaThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Che. On the small screen, Ormond received an Emmy® Award in 2010 for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin, and in 2012 she was nominated for a second Emmy® for her recurring role on Mad Men. She can most recently be seen in her series regular role in The Walking Dead; World Beyond, and in the still-to-be-released Reminisce.


Offscreen, Ormond is a longtime activist against human trafficking, promoting international awareness in her role as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and as founder of the advocacy nonprofit, Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), which works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government officials, and individuals to create the systemic change needed to eradicate slavery at its source. ASSET was instrumental in passing the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, a consumer rights disclosure bill requiring major manufacturers and retailers to make public their policy on trafficking and slavery all the way down the supply chain. As an advocate, Ormond has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges, and she has appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. For this advocacy work she received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and the Women for Women International’s Peace Award.

Luncheon Co-Chairs Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl and Melissa Sherrill Martin are longtime community leaders and volunteers with numerous nonprofits. Wynne is a former marketing, public relations and investment executive who spent ten years in various capacities for U.S. Trust, now Bank of America Private Bank. She is a member of New Friends New Life’s Board of Directors. Hoyl serves as chief philanthropy and community affairs officer at Baylor Scott & White Health, and her sister Melissa Sherrill Martin served as vice president of development for over 14 years at The Family Place. Honorary Co-Chairs and Dallas power couple Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk are known for the impact they have had on the Dallas community and beyond. Ellis-Kirk has over 20 years of experience in the executive search industry with deep knowledge in governance. Before founding Ellis Kirk Group, she led board and CEO assignments at two large global search firms and a boutique search firm. Ambassador Ron Kirk is senior of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington D.C. offices. The former mayor of Dallas and Texas Secretary of State also served as United States Trade Representative and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.

“As we at New Friends New Life continue to connect the dots and educate the community about the crime of human trafficking, we couldn’t be more delighted to introduce Julia Ormond to our donors and supporters at this year’s luncheon,” said Bianca Davis, CEO, New Friends New Life. “Her role as an activist against trafficking around the world, and her experience assessing solutions and challenges, will provide attendees with further insight about how we can all dismantle, disrupt, and disarm this industry that is victimizing 25 million people around the world, including 313,000 people right here in Texas.”

Underwriting sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500.  A limited number of individual tickets will be released closer to the date and will begin at $250 each. To reserve your sponsorship or seats, please visit, email or contact Senior Development Director Priya Murphy at 214-217-8652.

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About New Friends New Life: Founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1998, New Friends New Life (NFNL) restores and empowers trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women and their children, and drives awareness of the issue and its prevalence. 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. In 2021, NFNL served 312 members. 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. Since its opening, we have served 442 girls. In 2015, NFNL organized its  Men's Advocacy Group to engage men in the fight against sex trafficking and exploitation. For more information, visit

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