Running For Justice is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization that is passionate about fighting against sex trafficking!

How do we do this?

We believe that all change starts with education so we work in the local communities to raise awareness of sex trafficking, how it happens, what it looks like, how you can get involved in the fight, and how pornography helps drive demand for sex trafficking.

Through education, we believe that there can be a shift in the demand and help bring an end to sex trafficking. We distribute materials on prevention of sex trafficking wherever we can and also do education on our Facebook Running For Justice site; one of the ways is passing on articles from other organizations fighting this atrocity and different events going on.

In addition to this, we donate funds to homeless shelters, trafficking rescues, and other organizations, as our board votes to financially aid in the prevention of trafficking those at risk, and the recovery of those who have been trafficked. Some of these are: Terebinth Refuge (St. Cloud), Stories Foundation (Crystal), A.C.T. United (Chaska), Central MN Sexual Assault Center (St Cloud), Open Doors For Youth (Elk River), Trafficking Justice, (Mpls) Men As Peacemakers (Duluth), Mattoo (Mpls), Restore One-trafficked boys (North Carolina), National Center of Sexual Exploitation,(Washington, D.C.) and Courageous Love. (northern Thailand)

We have an annual May Bike-a-Thon and August 5k, at which we always have a speaker, and we are involved in other community events, so we can bring education and awareness.

We have been working with the City of Elk River to get a Running For Justice ad up in the Hockey Rink by the Senior High School. It will have the 1-888.373.7888 human trafficking hotline, for anyone needing help. We hope to have it up soon. (July 2018)

We are now (Jan 2017) offering a 4 tier (smaller if you would like) brochure rack and brochures on what sex trafficking is, and a few resources on where to get help, to each church, organization, and business in the Elk River and surrounding areas, that is interested. Just contact Susie at:  We will continue to stock those racks as needed. We will expand that to more communities in the future!!!

December 2nd, 2017, CrossFit Elk River had a fundraiser for Running For Justice (28 participants lifted over a million pounds in less than 2 hrs) and raised $1,820 to sponsor the brochure racks. Thanks to them there are funds allocated, to put about 60 of the 4 tier brochure racks out into our communities!!! We also used finances from this fundraiser to have a electronic billboard for 1 mth, in Elk River, about our 6th Annual 5k, with CrossFit’s permission!

We like to have fun while we fight for those that can’t, so be sure to check us out and see what we’re up to! We want to make our communities a safe place for all to live!


Our mission: Preventing sex trafficking through education and awareness, to our local communities and beyond.

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Running For Justice is a 501c3 tax exempt organization, so your giving is tax deductible! If you run the 5k, you need to take off the fair-value price of the run, which is $25.00 per person or whatever the cost is for the race at that time; anything given above that is deductible and we’ll send you a tax receipt before Jan.31st the following year. If you ride in the bike-a-thon, the fair value price is $75.00 and anything given above that we will send you a tax receipt, before Jan.31st of the following year. If you buy Silent Auction items at the 5k, you got those below the fair value price, so unless you give above fair price, you can’t deduct those items. Govt rules. If you only donate and do not participate in the events, the entire amount is deductible. Thank you so much for your giving! We appreciate it so much!

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How big of an issue is human trafficking?

*The United Nations has declared that ”Human Trafficking” is now the second largest source of income for organized crime worldwide.

*A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people for the purpose of work.

*According to the U.N. about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time. Each year an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked for the purpose of forced sex work.

*Commercial sex exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls (boys and men, too, but the numbers are much smaller). Some sex trafficking is highly visible, such as street prostitution, but many trafficked victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting—and sometimes suburban—neighborhoods. Sex traffickers may also operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas, and strip clubs.