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Australian Government marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons with new funding announcement

On the 2017 World Day against Trafficking in Persons the Australian Government demonstrated its commitment to the eradication of human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and forced marriage, by announcing new funding to key civil society organisations Anti-Slavery Australia, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and the Salvation Army.


This commitment by the government reflects the incredible momentum in the fight against human trafficking and slavery this year, and follows the work undertaken by Federal and State inquiries into these practices. Earlier this month, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement released their report on human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. This report sets out historical recommendations to transform the Australian response to these practices, including the need to de-link access to support for trafficked people, from compliance with criminal investigations. The work of the Parliamentary Joint Committee coincides with the NSW inquiry into human trafficking and the ongoing Parliamentary inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.


In light of UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Anti-Slavery Australia recognises the hard work of government, law enforcement civil society organisations in their continued efforts to protect and assist survivors of human trafficking and slavery in Australia.


In recognition of the important role that community plays in addressing these practices, Anti-Slavery Australia has today opened nominations for our 2017 Freedom Awards. These awards focus on the outstanding work and contributions of individuals and organisations to eradicate human trafficking and slavery, and to protect and assist survivors of these human rights abuses.


If you know of an individual or organisation doing exceptional work to address these issues in Australia, nominate them now for an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. Nominations are open until 08 September 2017.



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