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Anti-Slavery Australia is a specialist legal research and policy centre dedicated to the abolition of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices such as forced labour and forced marriage.


We protect the human rights of trafficked and enslaved people through research, policy development, law reform, professional practice, education and advocacy.


Located in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, our legal centre provides access to comprehensive legal advice[1] and assistance to people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery or forced marriage in Australia. This includes advice on migration, criminal law, family law and compensation.


Our leading research and advocacy considers emerging issues around human trafficking and slavery. Our expert research and the experiences of our clients also inform our policy and law reform activities that consider how to best to protect and support trafficked people in addition to examining best practices around preventing, identifying and prosecuting human trafficking and slavery.


We work to increase community awareness of human trafficking and slavery through our numerous education and outreach activities such as presentations and workshops for schools and universities, and delivering training to frontline staff in government and community organisations on how to identify, respond to and refer trafficked people.


We co-convene the Trafficking Response Network and the NSW Forced Marriage Network with the Australian Red Cross. The networks bring together a range of community-based groups and organisations working collaboratively to address human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, including forced marriage.


We are also a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery.


Our Team

  • Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Burn is an immigration and administrative law specialist, lawyer and migration agent.
  • Joanne Pugsley, Lawyer and Migration Agent
  • Ruth McLelland, Centre Coordinator
  • Grace Thangasamy, Lawyer and Forced Marriage Project Manager
  • Carolyn Kitto, Community Engagement Officer (Forced Marriage Project)
  • Carolyn Liaw, Researcher

 

Pro bono teams from global law firms, law students and graduates, social workers and many other volunteers and supporters work with us to protect the human rights of trafficked and enslaved people.

 


[1] Anti-Slavery Australia legal service is conducted by J.M Burn Solicitor. J.M Burn Solicitor has been seconded to Anti-Slavery Australia by the UTS Law Faculty to provide legal advice and representation to trafficked people.

Our team

· Professor Jennifer Burn is the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Prof Burn is an immigration and administrative law specialist, lawyer and migration agent.

· Joanne Pugsley, Lawyer and Migration Agent.

· Ruth McLelland, Centre Coordinator.

· Grace Thangasamy, Lawyer and Forced Marriage Project Coordinator.

· Carolyn Kitto, Community Engagement Officer (Forced Marriage Project).

· Carolyn Liaw, Researcher.

Pro bono teams from global law firms, law students and graduates, social workers and many other volunteers and supporters work with us to protect the human rights of trafficked and enslaved people.

 

Contact Us

Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney
Email: antislavery@uts.edu.au
Phone: +61-2-9514 9660

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