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The Net Fort Worth

Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale

aka The Net FW   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  thenetfw.com

Mission

At The Net, we address sex trafficking and exploitation and support survivors because everyone is worthy of the chance to rebuild their lives. We are an anti-trafficking non-profit based in Fort Worth, Texas and serving the greater North Texas area through our three core programs. We know you want to care for these vulnerable women and change the culture around you, but may not know where to start. That's why we want to help you learn about the issue, get involved, and make an impact!

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & Executive Director

Mrs. Melissa Ice

Director of Operations

Mrs. Sarah Bowden

Main address

1100 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth, TX 76104 USA

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EIN

46-2575043

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Net seeks to serve survivors of trafficking by providing the holistic care and support they need to go from victim to survivor to leader. We often say that our women wake up and climb Mount Everest everyday because of the obstacles they are overcoming to be healed and whole again. Unfortunately, the women we serve statistically have a background of violence, poverty, abuse and vulnerability beginning in childhood and adolescence. Due to the these circumstances, they found themselves being easily lured into the commercial sex industry, many as minors. During this critical developmental age, many of our women were instead beginning to experience exploitation. This means that when we meet a survivor in jail or on probation, she generally has a 10th grade education, two children, no transportation, a criminal record, debt, is living in poverty, and is struggling with mental health and addiction.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Purchased

The Net's Purchased program provides advocacy for survivors of trafficking and exploitation through jail outreach, survivor support group, one-on-one advocacy, and more.

By participating in Purchased and our relationally based programs, a growing number of women in our city now have the opportunity to completely escape and recover from sexual exploitation!

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Incarcerated people

The Net's MASE program (Men Against Sexual Exploitation) seeks to eliminate the demand for commercial sex in Fort Worth, around the state of Texas, and beyond.

Led by men to reach men, MASE works to educate and equip guys to change the culture around the objectification and purchasing of women and children. From there, we mobilize them to engage and disrupt sex buyers and challenge cultural narratives that lead to a demand for exploitation through commercial sex.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Worthy Co is The Net's social enterprise. Its mission is to employ and empower women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction as they improve their own lives by learning vocational skills, gaining work experience, and earning real income.

These women produce hand-made products available for purchase in our online and retail store. As a 501(c)3, 100% of the proceeds go directly into back into employing more survivors!

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Purchased

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adult female trafficking survivors served through our programs

Number of hours of employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Worthy Co

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hours of dignified employment for trafficking survivors

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At The Net, we address sex trafficking and exploitation and support survivors because everyone is worthy of the chance to rebuild their lives.

Rather than only providing material relief or hand-outs, we restore dignity through community and
relationships while providing the support necessary for individuals to become independent and valued
members of society.

In the last decade of working in the field of anti-trafficking and providing long-term care for survivors, we
have learned some key factors for the success of survivors and their recovery process.
If we really want to see survivors set free we need to give them the tools they need to make it in the
real world. Over the years, we have seen many women come through our program. There are some who
succeed and there are others who succeed for a little while, but inevitably hit a bump in the road that
jeopardizes their success.

We have learned that survivors need community, but they also need the tools in their toolbox to help them
succeed. They need to be equipped with the tools to be a good employee, a good mom, to earn and save, to
live by a budget, and to live a healthy and sober lifestyle. When equipped with these skills, we have
repeatedly seen women flourish as they walk in freedom and joy as whole individuals.
They need to hear from someone who has been down the same road, walked in their shoes, and
come out successfully on the other side. Survivor-informed care and survivor leadership are markers of
best practices in anti-trafficking work.

These are women who know what it takes to go from victim to survivor to leader. They understand
firsthand the obstacles survivors face and are excited to pave the way for more women to succeed as they
have. These survivor leaders are shining examples of what healing and success can look like when given the
necessary tools to live a safe and healthy life.

Our strategies are built around our three main programs:

-Purchased: Through our Purchased Program women can engage in social events, attend survivor-led support groups, earn their GED, get a bank account, and heal from the pain of their past. These women gain a supportive, stable community to walk with them throughout their recovery. Purchased is there for every stage of recovery, from meeting these women in jail all the way to their successful graduation and launch back into life, and beyond!

-MASE: Men Against Sexual Exploitation (MASE) seeks to eliminate the demand for commercial sex in Fort Worth, around the state of Texas, and beyond. We know that until the demand for commercial sex is eradicated, we will never stop the supply of victims being exploited. MASE uses both direct disruption methods, as well as broader culture change events to reduce this demand.

-The Worthy Co: The Worthy Co. is The Net’s non-profit social enterprise. Its mission is to employ and empower women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction as they improve their own lives by learning vocational skills, gaining work experience, and earning real income. These women produce hand-made products available for purchase in our online store. 100% of the proceeds go directly into back into sustaining the program.

Our programs create long-term support systems or friendships that are designed to advocate for their success. Every person, rich or poor, needs a community around them to encourage them towards a positive and healthy life. The Net wants to ensure that the women we serve have a safety net of people to walk with them through their recovery.

To do this, we need a network of support. Our network consists of volunteers, churches, businesses, schools, professionals, and other non-profits to partner and assist in carrying out the safety net. The Net is excited to provide the training, education, logistical planning, mentoring, and resources that will allow the members of our network to easily connect and serve the marginalized of Fort Worth.

To date we’ve served over 1,000 survivors of trafficking, engaged with more than 12,000 men attempting to purchase sex, and provided dignified employment to 13 survivors. All of these programs exist because if proximity has taught us anything, it’s that everyone is worthy of the chance to rebuild their lives.

We continue to expand our holistic care services for survivors, including an enrichment program with survivor led GED classes, Celebrate Recovery, and other relevant empowering courses. Our demand reduction efforts also continue to spread across the country, training teams of men to participate in demand disruption. We also are deepening partnerships with local law enforcement to maximize their demand suppression operations.

Financials

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The Net Fort Worth

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Misty Davis

Williams Trew

Andy Keetch

Cantey Hanger

Misty Davis

Williams Trew

Megan Cano Dobbertein

DFW Airport

LaTasha McDougle

Cheryl's Voice

Chris Mellina

6th Ave Homes

Brandon Neely

Workrise

Drew Neill

Kelly Hart

Ciara Bertolino

International Justice Mission

Rebecca Stupfel

Williams Trew

Chris Taylor

RAM Interests

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data