The Alliance Referral System (ARS) connects survivors with residential services all across the country, but what should you expect when receiving one of our referrals? This training will provide special insight for receiving agencies to better understand the survivor and survivor advocate experience when going through the referral process. We’ll also discuss how we, as the service-provider community, can work together to better serve survivors as they seek out and begin a residential program.
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.
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]
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.
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!
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!
"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."