Run for Courage exists to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking and was founded on the following basic tenets:
That every child deserves to be loved and cared for
That selling a child for sex is wrong.
By raising awareness the community learns what trafficking is; the incidence, prevalence, what it looks like, and what it means victims are subject too. Additionally, what the community can do to fight it. Awareness is a tremendous tool in the fight against trafficking.
Funds raised are used to support organizations that work directly with victims or provide services for vulnerable populations whose vulnerabilities could cause them to fall prey to those seeking to exploit them. Funds raised by Run for Courage are granted to qualifying organizations and only after a rigorous vetting application process. Once funding is dispersed, the organizations are then monitored to ensure the funds received are being used in the manner they were intended. This ensures financial accountability.
Sadly, most don't know slavery still exists today in the form of trafficking. I was immersed in the world of trafficking 5 years ago when my teenage daughter was taken and trafficked for 8 days. Since her recovery and the sentencing of her perpetrator, it has become my mission to be a voice for the voiceless. Working with Run for Courage allows me to continue on in my mission with a group of like-minded freedom fighters.
What Run for Courage has done is simply amazing and I am proud to be a part of this team.