Currently, our main focus is on the following three areas.
Free Legal Advice
Anti-Slavery Australia incorporates the law practice, J. M. Burn Solicitor, that provides free legal advice to individuals who have been trafficked, enslaved, exploited or forced into marriage in Australia. We offer advice and legal representation in relation to:
- Migration Law – including visas and citizenship;
- Family Law - including divorce, degree of nullity and Family watch list orders;
- Criminal Law – including defended matters and Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders; and
- Civil Law – including grave breaches of employment and labour law and victims compensation.
Anti-Slavery Australia undertakes leading research in the areas of trafficking, slavery, and forced marriage including emerging trends in the field, key issues for government and other decision makers, and the effect on the Australian community. Our unique research capability is a result of the combination of both practical first-hand experience with survivors through the legal service, coupled with academic rigour as part of the UTS Faculty of Law.
We regularly write submissions to government inquiries and have been widely referenced in the inquiries final reports.
Outreach and Advocacy
Anti-Slavery Australia is currently working on the following initiatives:
ASA Integrate – a program which focuses on the integration of key research and information on trafficking, forced labour and forced marriage into existing programs or professional development/induction programs for strategic front line agencies.
ASA Educate – this initiative has two components:
- E-Learning – our online e-learning training program was developed for front line workers from community organisations, government departments, teachers, health care professionals and law enforcement agencies and covers principles for working with trafficked or enslaved people as well as outlines the support services, indicators and referral pathways available.
- Forced Marriage Integration – working in partnership with the Department of Education, we are aiming to integrate our research and information into professional development programs for teachers and support staff.
ASA Engage – in partnership with the Australian Red Cross, we convene the Sydney Trafficking Response Network and the NSW Forced Marriage Network which provide platforms for key service providers, community leaders and government agencies to share knowledge and coordinate a collaborative response to human trafficking and forced marriage in NSW.