Full membership to the National Survivor Network (NSN) is open to any US-based survivor of human trafficking, regardless of race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (transgender and cisgender women, non-binary and genderqueer people, and transgender and cisgender men), religion, age, disability/injury, veteran status, political ideology, substance use history, sexually transmitted infections, genetic information, pregnancy/abortion, marital status, socioeconomic status, education, language, physical appearance, work in informal economies, conviction history, incarceration, or any demographic legally protected from discrimination.
Membership is open to any individual who:
*Why do we say both “was commercially sexually exploited as a child” and “engaged in commercial sex while a minor”? Both of these fit the definition of the TVPA but reflect the diversity of ways our members describe their experiences. Some, especially those who were sex trafficked as small children, do not identify as being a “youth in the sex trades” due to the unique circumstances of their experiences. And others prefer to describe their experiences as being a “youth in the sex trades” due to the extenuating circumstances that necessitated their sex trading (such as homelessness, fleeing family abuse, etc.). We honor the self-descriptions of our members, and recognize that this definition or explanation does not capture the full diversity of experiences of trafficking.
Any members (in the US or otherwise) who have been accepted but not yet completed orientation or submitted signed membership documents.
US-based members who have completed orientation and submitted signed membership documents.
Junior Members are eligible for full membership once they have maintained a full year of junior membership with either no grievances or demonstrated effort in resolution of grievances.
Non-US Based Members who have completed onboarding and submitted signed membership documents. This category of membership is not intended to exclude anyone from participation, but rather to make our educational and peer mentoring opportunities available to survivors outside the US who align with our values. Note: We are not designed to be a global network; currently our membership activities are US-focused.
Before renewing or applying for membership, please review our Values Statement here. (Page will be updated as values are released) We do have expectations around how we show up that you will be expected to follow. If these agreements seem limiting or otherwise unreasonable to you, or if you feel you would be unable to respond compassionately and fairly if redirected, please do not apply for membership: MEMBERSHIP DOCUMENTS
Concerned about whether your views on sex work and sex trafficking align with ours? Review our panel discussion on Radical Nonjudgment before applying. Consider: whether or not I agree with the views of the panelists, would I be able to be in communities that prioritize out-of-the-box thinking where I am co-organizing with these folks and people like them?
Not in the US? You may apply for Associate Membership to gain access to our learning community but will not have access to full member benefits to allow us to focus on our targeted work with US policy and programming concerns. Survivor Alliance has a wonderful global survivor community. Our member meetings and weekly learning sessions are conducted in English, and we offer Spanish-language interpretation for our major workshops and trainings.
Please note: Membership applications are currently open. If you applied in a previous round and did not hear back, please check your spam folder first. If you do not have an email inviting you to schedule an interview there, email the Survivor Leadership Program Manager to inquire.
Q: Why isn’t the membership process faster?
A: Because we are building an intentional community with values that aren’t always reflected in the dominant society or other anti-trafficking spaces, we want to take time to make sure people understand who we are and what kind of container we can provide.
Can access without membership:
Members can access before or without attending the 1-hour orientation:
Members can access after attending a 2-hour orientation and submitting signed membership documents via Docusign:
As part of our commitment to hosting a safer, braver, emergent space, we have group agreements that guide our meeting times together. The list below is current as of November 20, 2022, and will be updated at our website quarterly as needed.
Expectations for How We Show Up (formerly “Code of Conduct”)