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Lavern Deer was born in Kingston Jamaica and migrated to Nassau,
Bahamas at the age of 9. Several years later she moved to South Florida
where she reside in Overtown and the City of North Miami Beach; she
graduated a proud NMB Charger. Dr. Deer is a 2019 Mayoral Candidate
in the City of Miami Gardens where she is residing over the past 30years.
Dr. Deer is an Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate and Founder/CEO of Female
Development World Organization Inc. (FDWO), The Female Development World
Organization founded 2013, is a 501(c)3 organization includes programs designed to
raise awareness for the prevention of Human Trafficking as well as help survivors to
recondition their mind, body, and soul. Through its initiative’s, local municipalities such
as the city of North Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park,
Margate, and Tamarac have supported FDWO by hosting town halls and symposiums
to build awareness for residences and city officials.
In 2018, Dr. Deer successfully completed a month-long training on human trafficking
prevention and now serves as a Human Trafficking Expert Subject Matter.
During the 2018-2019 Legislative Session, FDWO and Dr. Deer worked with Florida
Legislators in proposing a Human Trafficking Education bill; as a result, a policy was
adopted by the Department of Education making Florida the first state to teach Human
Trafficking education in schools. Dr. Deer is Founder of Caribbean Anti-Trafficking
Committee (CAC), Commissioned by Jamaica Consul General to Miami.
In 2013, Dr. Deer designed the successful Reggae Girlz Awareness Campaign which
provided South Florida’s youth soccer players an opportunity to perform on the
international stage, encouraged youth development and facilitated the Jamaica National
Women Soccer Team to become the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the FIFA
Women’s World Cup.
With a passion for learning, Dr. Deer obtained a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare
Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration: making her the first in
her family to attend and graduated from a university. Lavern’s academic and community
advocacy earned her an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Award, May 2021.