The field of residential care for survivors of sexual exploitation/prostitution/trafficking is relatively new. According to our 2017 “Practices” survey, the average agency offering shelter services for trafficking victims has only 5.28 years of experience. With a field this new, we need to be intentional about supporting one another, continuously learning, and working together to advance the profession.
Therefore, the Alliance has been established with the following objectives: to offer a feature-rich online platform where members can share and learn, develop professional education to increase staff and leadership competencies, assert standards of care leading to levels of accreditation, and work together with service providers to ensure the highest quality of care for survivors.
The Alliance's mission is to bring together residential service providers. We also encourage membership and participation of any organization or entity that is actively engaged in anti-trafficking efforts. Check out our two types of membership to see which one fits best for your organization.
General membership is designed specifically for agencies that are currently open and providing residential services for survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, or prostitution.
Those of us who have experienced living day to day with survivors understand the joys and difficulties we face working with this unique population. Through the Alliance’s general membership, we are able to connect with others who have responded to the need to serve alongside those who have experienced the darkest side of humanity.
As a community of residential service providers, we recognized that partnering with other service providers beyond residential is crucial to effectively responding to the needs of this population.
In response, we offer the Associate Membership which is designed specifically for agencies that work with survivors when they are in a different season of need from residential. This includes street outreach, drop-in centers, case management, advocacy and awareness, and the other various ways we must work to support those most in need.
“Being part of the alliance has broadened my community of peers to lean on, learn from, and celebrate with. I’m excited for the impact this alliance can have, not just in building up existing service providers, but also in helping sexually exploited individuals access the care they need more rapidly.”
"As Restoration Director for North Star Initiative I have found the collaboration and generosity of the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance (NTSA) to add a layer of support and resource that will ultimately help us fulfill our mission. It is one of our guiding principles to attain and maintain Professionalism and Excellence. We have identified that "Our professional partnerships with those in the greater survivor care community enables us to provide best practices in service provision". It is with this goal that we have dedicated time and effort to be part of the development of the NTSA and I serve on the steering committee."
"As the Director of an organization that has been providing services to human trafficking victims for seven years, I am encouraged beyond words that the Alliance has been established, and we now have a community of partners to share in this important work! I am looking forward to ongoing growth and how this will enhance the effectiveness of services to those needing it the most."