Lee Roberts, the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Advocates United for Humanity has been named Advocate of the Year, USA by her peers. This award is given to women who are making significant contributions of strength and courage to their community through volunteerism.
Roberts has been advocating since 2007. She is certified in Human Trafficking: The Three P’s: Protection, Prosecution and Prevention, Intimate Partner Violence Training and child development.
Roberts is a survivor of multiple forms of abuse at the hands of numerous perpetrators. The abuse began in what was supposed to be her childhood and continued through her adult years. Then, one day, she found her voice and began to utter the words of her story never looking back.
Her mission as a survivor and thriver is multifaceted as she speaks out against abuse in all its abominable forms. Lee speaks and writes the truth with no apologies. She fights for the safety and protection of the children and all survivors who are where she once was. Extending her hand into the darkness she gently guides others forth into the light of hope and where healing may begin.
Roberts, who is Deaf, also advocates for Deaf rights and animal welfare. She is also strong supporter of the Paw Project and is working to help end the barbaric practice of declawing.
Roberts said, “As survivors we walk this journey together. Reach out, grab hold of the hand extended to you in your darkness and step forward into the light. Surround yourselves with the unconditional love and support you not only need but deserve as an individual and survivor. Allow yourself to unfold and begin to blossom as the precious soul you are.”
Statistics state one in three people in the United States will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime, and sadly, this number continues to grow.
Advocates United for Humanity provides vital resources for those affected by abuse. Their mission is to enhance quality of life for those affected by violence. We lead positive social change and deliver value to our members through resources, services and networking.
Northern Books recently released Roberts’ first book of poetry titled “Pieces of Me.” When she’s not helping others or writing, this New England transplant chic lives contentedly with her two Certified Service Chihuahuas surrounded by the beauty of nature and wildlife in the Panhandle of Florida.
For more on Roberts, her book or her nonprofit organization, visit AU4H’s official website.