Inside this issue:
- Broward Bailiff Walks Over 1,000 Miles to Raise Awareness for Human Trafficking
- Sometimes Animals are the Best Kind of Medicine, And Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida is Proving Just That
- A Page from My Playbook: Getting your son to take the threat of getting caught with weed in the car seriously
- A Stellar review from one of our amazing former clients, Angie
Broward Bailiff Walks Over 1,000 Miles to Raise Awareness for Human Trafficking
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so then what are a thousand miles worth? To Roger DeHart they’re priceless
His journey began on March 31st of this year and concluded on May 19th. In that grueling 50 day period, Roger, a Bailiff at the Broward County Circuit Court, walked from the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale all the way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on a mission to raise awareness about human trafficking.
“As a bailiff I work with criminal judges and hear about horrible things, but it was talking to survivors of sex trafficking, and hearing their personal stories that really made me want to raise awareness for the victims. And when I found out Florida was one of the top 3 states in the country for human trafficking, I knew I had to do something,” says Roger.
The idea for a walk came spontaneously.
“I was taking my daughter to my son’s baseball practice when the idea to walk from Florida to Washington D.C. hit me. My daughter said I was crazy, and I told her it’s the crazy ideas that get the attention.
Roger wasted no time setting his plan into motion. Already a regular jogger (who ironically was “never really a walker”) he intensified his training to prepare for the long walk ahead.
Six months later Roger began his thousandmile plus journey, averaging between 21 and 23 miles per day. Aside from the cause itself, what kept Roger going the entire way through was the kindness and generosity of strangers he encountered along the way.
“What really pulled at my heartstrings was a single mom I met while walking in North Carolina. She had her two kids in the car, and when she saw me she pulled over and gave me a big hug. Later she came back and gave me a note written by her 4-year old daughter that read ‘Thank you for walking for me.’ That human to human interaction was the greatest joy of my journey.”
Along his thousand mile trek Roger stopped in many places that were directly impacted by human trafficking, where he was able to reach people through one-on-one conversations, a rarity in today’s technology driven world. And not only was he raising a lot of awareness in person on the east coast, but people who were following his journey on social media were also moved.
“I was getting emails from victims all over the world thanking me for what I was doing. By the time I reached Washington, D.C. it didn’t even matter if there was anyone there. I felt like I had already succeeded in the journey alone.”
What’s next for Roger? He’s already planning another journey, a 50/50 Florida college tour in which he would charter a bus and hit 50 colleges in 50 days to raise awareness for human trafficking
“When you get young people motivated about something, they can really make a difference. And that’s what I want to do.”
To stay informed of Roger’s upcoming journeys, you can contact him at [email protected], or via Facebook.