Collaboration is a core value at Anti-Slavery Australia and we are committed to engaging a broad audience in activities aimed at ending violence, exploitation and injustice. We work closely within a network of people and groups consisting of numerous non-government and community organisations, faith-based organisations, government departments and agencies, academics, law firms and more.
In a speech launching the Guidelines for NGOs working with trafficked people in 2009, the then Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, called the government-community collaboration the anti-trafficking sector a ‘whole of community’ approach. Anti-Slavery Australia strongly supports the whole of community approach and comprehensive collaboration to end human trafficking in Australia.
Anti-Slavery Australia has strong links with many other community organisations working to end exploitation of migrants and other vulnerable workers in Australia.
We collaborate with the following organisations, working in the community to eliminate human trafficking:
- Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), an organisation which represents 8000 women and men who belong to Catholic religious orders and who are passionate about eliminating trafficking and slavery in Australia.
- Brigidine Sisters, a religious order of women who provide advocacy and support for trafficked people and other vulnerable people. A member of UNANIMA International, an NGO coalition of congregations of Roman Catholic sisters committed to work for peace and human dignity. The Brigidine Sisters continue to work with Anti Slavery providing much needed support and counselling to our clients.
- FairWear Campaign, a coalition of churches, community organisations and unions to eliminate the gross exploitation of homeworkers (outworkers) in the Australian clothing industry.
- Good Shepherd Social Justice comprises Good Shepherd Sisters, agencies and individuals who share Good Shepherd values, especially the desire for justice in life. Good Shepherd and Anti-Slavery Australia have worked together to provide holistic support for individuals who have been trafficked to and exploited in Australia. Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ) commissioned Anti-Slavery Australia to produce an evidence review in relation to labour rights for women and girls. The research aimed to identify emerging problems for migrant and Indigenous women and girls in the context of employment and to identify gaps in legal protections and services
- Immigrant Women’s Speakout, a peak advocacy, information, referral and research body which represents the ideas and issues of immigrant and refugee women in NSW. Speakout also undertakes community development projects and provides direct services including in the areas of domestic violence and employment, education and training. Speakout is a community-based organisation, managed by women of non-English speaking background. Their current projects include a series of multi-lingual Radio Plays aiming to provide information about domestic and family violence in a format that is easily understood for women who may not be literate in their own language.
- Project Respect, non-profit community-based organisation that aims to empower and support women in the sex industry including women trafficked to Australia.
- Red Cross Australia’s Support for Trafficked People program provides intensive casework support to people who have been made vulnerable by people trafficking and who are engaged in judicial proceedings. Red Cross Australia is part of the international Red Cross movement, whose mission is to prevent or reduce human suffering, wherever it is found.
- Salvation Army, a social welfare provider providing support services and accommodation to vulnerable people including trafficked people.
- Scarlet Alliance, an Australian sex workers’ organisation, supporting sex workers (including migrant workers) and working towards sex worker rights - legal, health, industrial and civil.
- Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP), a project of ACON, providing sexual health information and support to people who engage in sex work. The leading sex worker organisation in NSW for HIV, STI and Hepatitis C education and prevention.
- Sisters of St Joseph, a faith community of women who help vulnerable people including trafficked people.
- Stop the Traffik, part of a global coalition aimed at ending people trafficking.
- Sydney Seafarers’ Centre, Port Welfare Committee works to support seafarers who are vulnerable to serious exploitation.
- World Vision Australia’s ‘Don’t Trade Lives’ Campaign is an advocacy campaigned aimed at uniting Australians against human trafficking in all its forms. Anti-Slavery Australia and World Vision are in the planning stage of partnered work on supply chain issues.
Business community and corporate response
- Clayton Utz, a leading Australian corporate law firm, works with Anti-Slavery Australia to represent people who have experience trafficking and slavery in Victims of Crime Compensation claims.
- Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a leading Australian corporate law firm, has provided Anti-Slavery Australia with pro bono research support.
- Foxtel broadcasts Anti-Slavery Australia’s Community Service Announcements free of charge Their generous airtime contribution has allowed Anti Slavery Australia to reach a new audience.
- Lexis Nexis assisted Anti Slavery Australia in 2010 with the rebuild of the Anti-Slavery website to reach and engage a wider audience. Lexis Nexis staff also support and volunteer assistance at Anti Slavery events and seminars.
- Kevin Bathman, Art Director and Designer, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design/Advertising from Auckland University of Technology. Based in Sydney, Kevin has worked both locally and internationally with leading advertising agencies in Sydney, Auckland and Kuala Lumpur. His passion lies in combining imagery and words to advocate social change, which includes devising campaigns for non-profit organisations, green initiatives and visual arts projects. Currently, Kevin works predominantly with NGOs and socially-aware companies. He has worked with Anti Slavery Australia since 2009. His portfolio can be viewed at www.designerid.com/kbathman