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Safe House Certification drives industry standards to improve safe house programming for trafficking survivors.

What is Safe House Certification? 

Without proper aftercare, 80% of trafficking victims will be re-victimized. Aftercare is imperative to a survivor's ability to recover and heal from their trafficking experience. Programs offering residential aftercare services have the opportunity to create real change for survivors. 


Certification elevates the incredible work that safe house programs are doing on behalf of survivors. It articulates to donors, foundations, government agencies, and other non-profits the life changing impact of these programs. Certification provides clarity on the standards and best practices needed to serve survivors. 

Your work is life changing. 

Benefits of Certification


National Standards

Safe House Programs are evaluated on their ability to meet national standards developed by industry professionals, including survivor consultants, mental health professionals, and physicians.



Certification is reviewed by survivors of trafficking who understand the needs, values and challenges of restorative care and seek to see the national landscape elevated.



Certification establishes confidence with potential donors, foundations, and government granting agencies.

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SURVIVOR empowerment

Safe House Certification gives survivors a credible, consistent review of programs, enabling and empowering them to seek restorative care, knowing that the program has been properly vetted.



Certification demonstrates an organization's commitment to self-assessment, improving quality of care, and adopting new methodologies to improve the effectiveness of their program.



Certification affirms a commitment to quality and accountability to community members and increases local sustainability, community involvement and volunteerism.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for aftercare certification? 

Non-profit organizations who operate full-time emergency, long-term, and/or transitional aftercare programs serving international, undocumented, and domestic trafficking survivors in the United States.

Our organization serves undocumented or international survivors, are we eligible for certification?

Yes, as long as the survivor was trafficked in the United States.


Our organization serves individuals who experienced sexual exploitation while being labor trafficked?

Yes, you are eligible for certification.

Our organization has a bed in our domestic violence or homeless shelter available for a trafficking survivor, are we eligible for certification?

Yes. Organizations who serve multiple demographics can apply if they have trafficking specific programming or services.

Our organization provides residential treatment during the week, but sends participants home over the weekend, are we eligible for certification?

No. Due to the number of immeasurable or uncontrollable aspects of a care model that does partial residential treatment, programs that are not full time residential do not qualify as residential care programs under our certification model and are not eligible for certification.

Our residential program has been open for less than a year, are we eligible?

Yes. Programs open less than a year may only qualify for the bronze badge.

Interested in earning your aftercare certification? 

Click here to learn more about the certification process and standards


"Safe House Project is a national leader in the anti-human trafficking industry, a uniter of communities, and a dear friend to the HER Campaign.

As HER Campaign strives to provide best practices for survivor care, Safe House Project’s partnership has been pivotal in challenging and motivating us towards this standard. They are relentless in their pursuit of ensuring survivors receive the best care possible.

Safe House Project is uniting communities nationwide to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future to every survivor.

Our relationship shows how nationwide connections are crucial to the healing of survivors and the fight against human trafficking. We can not do this alone. We are grateful for Safe House Project and their partnership!" 


"Refuge for Women and Safe House Project continue to have a wonderful partnership. In 2020 Safe House Project was able to financially help Refuge for Women open Kentucky's first Emergency House for sex trafficking survivors. They have helped with physical items like mattresses and the education materials they produced have been fabulous. We value the partnership in a great way and look forward to working together in 2021."


"With help from Safe House Project REST was able to offer an innovative pathway to permanent housing for survivors, bringing freedom, safety, and hope to survivors of sexual exploitation." - Julie McNamara-Dahl, REST