Roger’s Story

“On April 1, 2018, I am using all of my accrued vacation time from Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) to walk from the Broward County Courthouse to the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. I am planning to be there by mid May.

I figure if I do this walk and have a rally at the end with sex trafficking victims and the people who are close to them, then the ugly topic of sex trafficking will get attention. I am calling this project First Stop.

Sex trafficking is modern day slavery, a multi-billion dollar industry where traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. You can learn more about sex trafficking at the Polaris Project.

Look, I am the father of two young teenagers. Sex trafficking is not an easy topic to discuss with them, and they certainly aren’t getting any information at school, on television, at the pediatrician’s office or during after school activities. I take my kids to Phenomenom Nitrogen Ice Cream in Davie to discuss important things. I told them about what I was doing and why.

For the past 14 years, I have been a court deputy in the Broward County Circuit Court. I work with the criminal judges and every single day I hear about horrible things. I want my kids to be aware of the dangers around them.

My father, Ronald Dehart, was a Lauderhill activist, so I grew up knowing it was possible to achieve greatness. You can learn more about him on the Men of Tomorrow program website.

I became interested in making a difference when I watched the horrible news about Ariel Castro and the three women he held captive in his Cleveland, Ohio basement. For over a decade, he terrorized and abused them until one of them broke free and they were saved. I want to save others from ever going through something like this.

Right now I am working to get sponsors and figuring out the details of my walking route. I have five pairs of shoes for this project and I walk six miles per day to get physically ready. A recreation vehicle will be following me so that I have a place to sleep and rest. I am hoping others will join me along the way.

If by doing this, I have saved even one incident of sex trafficking from happening, then this effort is a success.”

To support Roger’s efforts to stop sex trafficking, you can donate at https://firststops.org/donate.

Roger’s Treasures

“The street sign is from Lauderhill. My father had NW 16th Street named after him. When new signs were put in, I saved the old ones with his name.

The jacket is my Miami Dolphins fan jacket. I am a die hard fan.

The pictures are of me and my mother, and of my two kids.”

11 thoughts on “Roger Dehart: From the Courthouse to the Capitol

  • Marlene HendersonDecember 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I always knew there was something about you, This takes Courage, Determination, Strong Will & a Heart of Gold, You are truly AMAZING!!….I wish you God’s richest blessings.

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  • Carleen AmatulliDecember 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Honored to be your friend. I truly believe in you. Thank you for caring so much about our children. We are all blessed to have you in this world.

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  • Lisa QuilesDecember 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    incredible story and so encouraging to see your determination and fight for a cause. Keep up the great work.

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  • Jonathan S. MorrisDecember 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Roger:
    Simply amazing!!
    -Jon

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  • Paul M CironeDecember 4, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Roger. I’m inspired. Great cause. You are what real life hero’s look like.

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  • MicheleDecember 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    An inspiration and a real life hero for all of us…give hIm a cape…

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  • L.DeHartDecember 3, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I’m proud of you Brother. You truly do have a great heart! Keep up the great work.

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  • Frederick & Beverley MahoneDecember 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    ry good cause

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  • KimberleyDecember 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    What a great article and a great thing you are doing. I am very inspired by your desire to take action and make a difference!!

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  • Beth KeysearDecember 1, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I am so encouraged and so proud of you. I will make a donation and I would love to set up a prayer time with you during your walk.

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    • Roger DeHartDecember 4, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Thanks Beth id love that and would be honored to.

      Reply

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