Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, with up to 300,000 people at risk of being trafficked each year in the US alone. This problem generates a desperate need for thousands of survivors to find a safe place where they can heal.
The U.S. Government has been taking the issue of domestic sex trafficking seriously since 2010, making this is an incredibly young and uncharted field. In such a new field, many residential programs do not survive their first year of operation due to burn-out or financial instability, and many experience a widespread sense of isolation.
At present there are no standard, widely-accepted best practices that all programs can use to inform the care they provide. Until now, there was no accrediting body for long-term shelter care for survivors of human trafficking, and there is a present gap in accountability and goal setting for agencies within this field.
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. NTSA strives to address this need in three strategic ways:
Our Referral System connects survivors across the nation with the right residential program for them both efficiently and with dignity.
Our Knowledge Center equips residential programs with the training & resources to learn and grow in a collaborative community.
Our Accreditation provides accountability to ensure that survivors receive quality care from healthy, trauma-informed organizations.
Through collaboration, we can ensure every survivor can access quality, trauma-informed care.
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