MS Shanique Myrie tells us she believes that, because she pressed her case against the Barbados authorities at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), "things will be better for Jamaicans who travel to that country".
This newspaper thinks she has done much more.
By her courage and determination Ms Myrie has made life much easier, we believe, for all Caricom nationals, including Barbadians, who may choose to travel within and across the borders of those territories which are signatories to the Revised Treaty of Chaguramas.
Even as we all await the verdict of the legal luminaries now poring over the ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice, it is clear that much will have to change about how Caricom travellers are treated by host Caricom member nations.
Ultimately, we believe she may well have struck a mighty blow for the regional integration movement.
We feel it necessary to spend time applauding Ms Myrie against a backdrop of anecdotal evidence that others - perhaps many others - have gone through such trauma without taking the responsibility to make it public and in writing.
There is no doubt she has been forced to bear great stress, not just as a result of the abuse she endured at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados in 2011, but also the rigorous court proceedings.
By her own admission, she felt "very depressed and ashamed" by the initial incident and she believes it led to a motor vehicle accident in which she "crashed" her car a week after returning from Barbados.
She was forced to get psychiatric help, she tells us.
Many others, perhaps most of the rest of us, would have sought to bury the incident at the expense of our mental health. Some would have buckled completely under the pressure of the court proceedings -- perhaps undermining the case in the process.
Her comment as to how she dealt with probing cross-examination by Barbadian lawyer, Mr Roger Forde, perhaps best captures Ms Myrie's inner strength.
"I was filled with rage," she tells us, "but I realise that he was just doing his job".
At another level, even as Jamaicans view with approval this landmark ruling by the CCJ, we dare not ignore the reality that there are those among us who bring shame on our collective heads when they visit our Caricom partners. The embarrassingly high number of Jamaicans convicted of drug trafficking around the region tells part of the tale.
That's the reason immigration officials -- not just in the Caribbean -- but in North and Central America, Europe, and beyond will often eye innocent Jamaican travellers, like Ms Myrie, with deep suspicion.
Jamaicans can also argue that the very same countries which seem to block free movement of people within Caricom, for whatever reason, are the same ones which benefit from the free movement of goods, services and capital. Hence their very favourable trade balance with Jamaica.
Our regional leaders must address these issues realistically and honestly, not just as friends and neighbours but as equal partners.
One last thing: Surely it is full time for Jamaica to embrace the CCJ as its final Court of Appeal.