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.
“Wings of Refuge is thrilled to align with the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance. Their conference was the richest I have been to from a nuts and bolts standpoint on "doing restoration" with survivors. I have had a dream in my heart to work smarter and not harder, that we are better together, and so much can be gained in unifying whenever possible. Being at the Sheltered conference was like watching the dream in my heart play out on a national level."
Development Director at Wings of Refuge
"As a newly founded trauma-informed residential restorative care program, Fresh Start is extremely excited about being a part of an alliance that offers such amazing structure, guidance and care. This opportunity not only allows us to connect and share with others committed to being a help in the profession of restorative care; but it also gives us tremendous access to valuable support that will surely benefit both our agency and clients for years to come."
Dr. Tracy Gibson
Executive Director at Fresh Start Life Recovery & Transitional Program
"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."
CEO at The WellHouse