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“I’m barefoot out of obedience to God's call to bring awareness and to be in solidarity with child sex slaves around the world.” ~ Dr. Jeff Brodsky

"On July 19th, 2010,  I was at a garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We were feeding children who lived in and around the dump. We were also looking for children who were at high risk of being taken by predators and sold into brothels. I noticed almost all the children were barefoot. When I went back to my hotel room, as I removed my shoes and socks, I could not get the picture of those barefoot children out of my mind. I began to wonder what it would be like to live barefoot every day. After a serious conversation with God, I felt strongly impressed to go barefoot for 1 year in solidarity with these children and the many others who were trafficked or at high risk. Living at 8,700' elevation in the mountains of Colorado, I knew it would be a challenge (especially during the cold winters), but I decided I would just be extremely careful as I knew I had to do this." 
"On July 19th, 2011, my year was complete and I did it. No shoes, no socks for a full year. That morning when I went to put a pair of socks on (I was really excited), I just couldn't get them past my toes. It was as if an angel was pulling them and preventing me from putting them on. I cried out to God and said, "Lord, what do You want from me, I just went barefoot for a full year!" His response to me (in a still, small voice) was this; "Keep going. Those children are still out there." 
"I've been barefoot ever since. I shared with my wife, family and friends (who thought I lost my mind), that if my going barefoot will motivate just 1 person per year to action in a way that helps me rescue even 1 more child a year, I would go barefoot the rest of my life." 
"I have been truly astounded as people all over the world embrace what God has called me to do and joined in solidarity to spread awareness of this evil against innocent children and to help me raise the funds necessary for rescue operations." 

"I am truly grateful and humbled beyond words." 
                   ~ Jeff Brodsky ~  

The Barefoot Mile 

Jeff has now been barefoot over 6 years in solidarity with children in poverty, who are the most vulnerable to trafficking. Likewise, people from around the world are joining JOY International® in The Barefoot Mile to raise awareness and support, furthering rescue operations in the US and abroad!

"Jeff with children wearing new flip-flops bought by JOY International" 

What is The Barefoot Mile?
The Barefoot Mile is a 1 mile barefoot walk where participants can make a personal donation or they have the option to ask friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to sponsor them... “Will you sponsor me as I walk the Barefoot Mile? I am walking barefoot in solidarity with  Jeff Brodsky to help him and his organization JOY International in their work to rescue children from slavery.” 

The Barefoot Mile has now become a global event that is a wonderful way to gather local, like-minded people in your community to stand behind fighting this cause. Awareness is important, but we need people like you to take action in helping us to raise the necessary funds it takes to rescue these precious, innocent children. Alone we can do a little, but working together we can accomplish so much more in using our resources to rescue another... and another... and another!

How can I get involved?
If you would like to walk in a Barefoot Mile, simply find a location near you, print out a sponsor pack and get as many friends and family members to support you. Bring all the donations you receive to the registration table the morning of the walk and then take your shoes off! This walk is a celebration of freedom, so don't forget to bring your friends and family members along as we celebrate setting more children free!


If you're interested in hosting a Barefoot Mile in your area Email: Alyssa Reilly at for more information!

Learn more about why Dr. Jeff is barefoot:

Special thanks to Chris Wright and Front Range Media in Fort Collins, CO for the wonderful job they did producing this short clip by Dr. Jeff Brodsky. Learn the purpose of his over 6 year journey of being barefoot and the benefits of The Barefoot Mile. ~ 

Jeff's Video "Why am I barefoot"