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    Accreditation is Launched!

NTSA is excited to announce our new Accreditation Program!

Having your program accredited certifies to survivors and supporters that your service is credible and trust-worthy. NTSA’s Accreditation provides third-party vetting that your program maintains and upholds the Essential Standards established by NTSA.

This new Accreditation program is built to be as comprehensive as any full-fledged Accreditation in other fields, but with support and resources for those undergoing the process. Every applicant organization will be evaluated by a Review Panel composed of six incredible, supportive experts from varying disciplines.

General Members looking for more details or the accreditation application can find that and more in the Member Portal.

Join our community of monthly changemakers growing a national network of support for survivors of human trafficking and those who serve them.

The Arbor is a passionate group of monthly supporters on a mission to ensure that survivors of trafficking & exploitation receive the best quality of care. People from all across the nation, giving to prove that together, we can plant seeds of change & grow a community of freedom. Join us today!

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 900 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 has developed 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!

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.

Thank you for joining us at Sheltered 2021!

All live and on-demand sessions will be available to members starting November 17th.

Check out more information from our Sheltered 2021 event.


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."

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