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A community of service providers for survivors of human trafficking

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The Pillars of NTSA

Alliance Referral System

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 measuring quality of care. 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 years since date founded from our general membership representing housing programs in 22 states. [Updated January 2021]

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.

Alliance Referral System

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.

Read Our Latest
Annual Report HERE!

2021 was a historic year for the field of anti-trafficking and for NTSA! This year marked a record number of referrals facilitated by our team, enhanced membership resources, and the official launch of our Accreditation! In light of all this, we want to share some of what we learned about survivors, those helping survivors find housing, and residential programs across the U.S. This report shares what we’ve accomplished together so far, a summary of the data we’ve collected to improve services, and a look at what is to come in 2022.

See the impact you made possible!


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 Member

$ 100
  • or $1,200/year
  • 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 Minimum Standards. (General members must maintain 501(c) 3 status.)

Associate Member

$ 50
  • or $600/year
  • 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.

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!

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.


What our People say

"One aspect I truly appreciate about NTSA is how intentional they are to come alongside and support organizations who serve survivors."
Zoe Life Outreach, Metanoia Place, North Dakota
"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."
Worthwhile Wear, Pennsylvania
"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."
Her Song, Jacksonville, Florida

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