The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance is deeply saddened by racial injustice happening throughout the country. With the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd and in response to the countless lives lost, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, NTSA feels committed to act.

As an organization and as individuals, we are dedicated to listening and learning about systemic racism and acknowledge the need for real change. Working within the field of social justice, NTSA recognizes the severe impact of racism in the lives of survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, where Black and African American individuals are disproportionately represented. We also recognize that people of color are at a much higher risk of being trafficked. This devastating reality is something that we cannot be silent about, as it is an issue that connects to the core of our work - and we will continue taking action.

NTSA will invest in our own learning as we seek to strengthen racial equity within our team and Board of Directors. Additionally, we are committed to empowering service providers to have intentional conversations about race with their communities, and providing tools and resources to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across our national network of service providers. As an organization that advocates for justice, we firmly believe that specifically addressing the barriers that are impacting the lives of Black and African American survivors is crucial for walking alongside them on their paths of healing and recovery.

We are inviting all people of color to the table to discuss the racial disparities within the sex trade and what we can do as a united industry to engage, learn, and mobilize for lasting change and racial equity.

The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance believes that Black lives matter. We stand with the Black and African American community today and everyday.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With gratitude,

The team at the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance