Research and Advocacy

Our research is grounded on a unique combination of practical, firsthand experience with survivors, coupled with academic rigour as part of the UTS Faculty of Law.

We conduct research, work in partnership and undertake commissioned work.

Our research areas include modern slavery, human trafficking, forced marriage, dowry abuse, online sexual exploitation of children, asylum seeker exploitation, survivors’ perspectives and modern slavery reporting requirements.

As the only specialist organisation which works directly with victims of modern slavery as well as a range of community, government and industry partners, we are uniquely placed to provide advice and support on issues of victim identification, remediation and reparations.

To find out moreabout the ways we can support your organisation through research and collaboration, please contact us.

Current Research Projects

Forced Marriage Survivor Advisory Group: Understanding Perspectives Of Forced Marriage

Working in partnership with an advisory group of forced marriage survivors, this project will share their insights into how Australia can improve access to justice and legal remedies for survivors of forced marriage.

Equipping Migration Agents With The Tools To Support Victims Or People At Risk Of Modern Slavery

Migration agents are often the first point of contact for victims of modern slavery. Through consultation with migration agents and experts, this project will develop and pilot a tailored education package on modern slavery for migration agents. Educating migration agents will increase the likelihood that people at risk and victims of modern slavery will be identified and offered (further) advice and support.

Advocacy

We regularly write submissions to government inquiries advocating for law and policy reform to improve support for survivors of modern slavery, and are widely referenced in parliamentary reports.
From 2017 to 2019, we made 30 submissions based on research and consultation, to Commonwealth, State and foreign governments.
Over 90% of our recommendations were substantially or partially adopted by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

Networks

We co-convene the Trafficking Response Network and the NSW Forced Marriage Network with the Australian Red Cross. These networks bring together community and government organisations to share knowledge, experiences and strategies for engaging with communities and vulnerable people and coordinate responses to modern slavery and forced marriage in NSW.