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Seminar: Global challenges of human trafficking and slavery

With Ambassador Luis C DeBaca, Dr Anne Gallagher AO, Prof. Jennifer Burn and Mr Hamish Hansford, Department of Home Affairs Transnational Crime Branch.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Australian Government's National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery.


Join us to reflect on the major achievement of the last decade and identify major challenges ahead.


Mr Luis C. DeBaca

Ambassador Luis C. deBaca led American efforts in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery during the Presidential Administration of Barack Obama.

As Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, he conducted bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, supported NGOs through a multi-million dollar grant portfolio, published the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, and chaired the U.S. inter-agency counter trafficking working group.


Previously, as one of the United States most decorated Federal Prosecutors, he built his litigation record at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division into policy, transforming global anti-trafficking efforts and including voices of victims, workers, and advocacy community in decision-making. He has investigated and prosecuted servitude cases involving hundreds of victims, and developed the "victim-centred" approach that is now the global standard for modern slavery cases. Through the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the United Nations' trafficking protocol, he helped to update historical slavery statutes and enshrine the "3P" approach of prevention, protection, and prosecution.


Having retired from government service, Ambassador C. deBaca is working to ensure exploitation-free supply chains and financial flows and to amplify the voices of victims and survivors.

Dr Anne Gallagher AO

Dr Anne Gallagher is the President of the International Catholic Migration Commission. She is also the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking; Member of the International Migration Organization's Migration Advisory Board and Member of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration. She is a former United Nations Official who, in per position as Special Adviser to Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was directly involved in the drafting of the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

In her anti-trafficking work Dr Gallagher has worked with more than 50 countries in all regions of the world, focusing particularly on legal reform and criminal justice responses. In 2012 she was named a Trafficking in Persons Hero by the United States Government.

Professor Jennifer Burn, Director Anti-Slavery Australia, UTS

Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking and extreme forms of exploitation by providing access to legal advice and representation for trafficked and enslaved people in Australia.


Jennifer Burn is a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, a frequent media commentator and a practicing lawyer and migration agent. She convenes a subject within the UTS Law Faculty, The Law of Human Trafficking and Slavery.

Mr Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary, National Security and Law Enforcement, Department of Home Affairs

Hamish is currently the First Assistant Secretary of the National Security and Law Enforcement Division.  This Division is responsible for policy development on national security (telecommunications, surveillance devices, foreign interference, espionage and the ASIO Act)* and criminal justice and transnational crime policy including law enforcement powers (AFP, ACIC, AML-CTF and ABF legislation).

DATE: Wednesday 28 March 2018

TIME: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registrations from 5:30pm for 6:00pm start)

VENUE: Aerial UTS Function Centre, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo 2007

RSVP: register here


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