A community of service providers for survivors of human trafficking.

Our Sheltered Virtual Conference Is Here!

Sheltered Virtual is hosted through Whova. Attendees can access Sheltered Virtual on the Whova Website Here.

Join us as we come together to learn the most promising practices to serve survivors of trafficking & exploitation!

Thinking about registering last minute? Check out more details about our speakers and sessions!

Watch our latest webinar: "Need to Knows" About Sending a Referral Through ARS

The Alliance Referral System (ARS) connects survivors with residential services all across the country efficiently and with dignity. Our referral system is open to anyone so if you need to send a referral, have questions, or just want to learn more about ARS, then this is the webinar for you! This training will provide special insight on:

  • Who can make a referral
  • Helpful tips for filling out the form
  • Why certain information is important to include
  • What to expect when speaking with service providers about placement

Access the PowerPoint from the webinar here.

GROUP RATE now available!

Join us virtually October 19-21, 2021

Learn more and check out all announcements for this year's Sheltered Virtual.

What is the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance?

As the response to human trafficking in America continues to increase, the need for service providers to collaborate and stay connected is more important than ever. The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance (NTSA) is a network of service providers committed to enhancing services and increasing access to care for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

NTSA is working to achieve this mission through three key initiatives: the Alliance Referral System, Knowledge Center, and Accreditation.

The Initiatives of the Alliance

Alliance Referral System (ARS) 

NTSA’s referral system has now served more than 575 survivors seeking long-term housing programs. Of those, 91% are US Citizens. This is not just an international issue. Through our national network, we efficiently connect survivors with the appropriate programs that suit their needs.

Membership & Knowledge Center 

Often, caregivers helping survivors everyday feel isolated as they face the challenge of overwhelmingly complex trauma and barriers in the recovery process of survivors. NTSA offers resources, training, and community to caregivers to help them enhance the quality of care they offer survivors.


Survivor services is a young field with the average age of housing programs being 8 years**. While many are providing high-quality services to survivors, there is no national, objective body holding these programs accountable. NTSA is developing an accreditation model specific to housing programs, ensuring that every survivor across the US receives appropriate, quality care.

** This average age listed is an average from our current general membership representing housing programs in 22 states. [Updated January 2021]


Looking for Residential Services for a Survivor?

Use our Alliance Referral System (ARS) to connect with residential programs that can meet the specific needs for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. We are committed to responding to every referral within 24 hours.

Learn more about ARS here.

Want your Residential Program to be a receiving agency of ARS? Email referral@shelteredalliance.org.


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 for agencies that are currently open and providing long-term, restorative (1+ year) services for survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and/or prostitution. General members have the opportunity to become Accredited by NTSA and are committed to our Essential Standards. (General members must maintain 501(c) 3 status.)



Not a long-term restorative agency, yet directly serve survivors? Then the Associate Membership is for you! Our Associate members represent a wide range of missions and services for survivors such as: street outreach, drop-in centers, case management, advocacy and awareness, HT prevention/curriculum, and start-up agencies that are not yet a 501(c)3. Each of us has a seat at the table in the Alliance and your expertise is valued!

    Accreditation Review Panel

NTSA is excited to announce our new Accreditation Review Panel!

The Review Panel is composed of six incredible experts from varying disciplines who will ensure that the Essential Standards established by NTSA are met and upheld by organizations seeking accreditation. NTSA is thrilled to have a qualified and diverse Review Panel that is excited and ready to help our member programs become accredited.

Read about our panelists now!


Zoe Life Outreach/Metanoia Place, North Dakota

"One aspect I truly appreciate about NTSA is how intentional they are to come alongside and support organizations who serve survivors."

Worthwhile Wear, Pennsylvania

"Worthwhile Wear has greatly benefited from being a member of the sheltered alliance. In a young burgeoning field of care where so much is still being learned, and many service providers are learning how best to serve their clients, the alliance has facilitated members in growing their knowledge base from other members. The end result is programs are offering more comprehensive and effective services, and survivors are experiencing greater success on their journey to healing."

Her Song Jacksonville, Florida

"The Sheltered Alliance is the answer to the need for shelters to share resources and collaborate to develop best practices in shelter care. Her Song is so happy to be in the company of the many pioneers working for liberty and justice for trafficking victims."

Any questions about NTSA?