A community of service providers for survivors of human trafficking.

2020 ARS Year-End Report

Created over two years ago, the Alliance Referral System (ARS) works to meet this goal by providing a simplified method for survivor advocates and front-line responders to connect survivors to shelter programs that meet their needs.

2020 was a historic year for the field of anti-trafficking, residential services, and the ARS Program. In light of the record number of referrals facilitated by our team this year, we want to share some of what we learned about survivors, those helping survivors find housing, and residential programs. This report
shares how ARS works, a summary of the data we've collected from referrals, and a look at what is to come in 2021.

You can find more reports and presentations from NTSA here.

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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 450 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.

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]


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!


Too often, the process of getting victims placed in programs involves a frontline responder spending hours looking for availability. The Alliance endeavors to improve the efficiency of victim placement into qualified programs, so we have created the Alliance Referral System (ARS).

A Referring Agency (law enforcement, courts, hospital, social work, task force, etc.) with a candidate fills out the ARS form.

The form is quickly reviewed and then immediately sent out to our database of approved shelter programs.

Shelter programs that have availability and match the candidate’s needs contact the Referring Agency, and they take it from there.

Interested in working or interning in the field of anti-human trafficking? 

The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance is looking for remote interns! 

Check out all available positions with NTSA and our Alliance members here

If you are a member agency interested in posting a position on the NTSA job board, email membership@shelteredalliance.org with your position description.

    Accreditation Review Panel

After researching review panels for accreditation in other fields, NTSA has discovered some common practices that help ensure credibility, objectivity, and trust. Therefore, NTSA is launching a new model for our review panel!

Do you know someone who has a passion for bettering the field of anti-trafficking services? The NTSA review panel will now include member nominated panelists! NTSA Members are encouraged to nominate experts in their agency or individuals they have partnered with in their local community who show excellence in their specific field.

Help us launch the new NTSA review panel by encouraging your local expert partners to apply to be an NTSA Accreditation Panelist. We want members to have a voice in who sits on the review panel!


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 becoming a member?