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

Anti-Slavery Partnerships to Prevent Modern Slavery in Australia

Using innovative technology and participation techniques to establish a national community of practice of practitioners, community organisations, business, and government representatives engaged in combating modern slavery in Australia to increase awareness of modern slavery; build understanding of and responses to modern slavery; build capacity, particularly amongst community/frontline workers, to assist those vulnerable to modern slavery; and enhance networks and collaboration on modern slavery in Australia.

This project is funded by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Speak Now

Strengthening consent-based decision-making, awareness, knowledge and communication around the issue of modern slavery in the family and household setting, with a particular focus on forced marriage in Australia. We will be engaging with, and connecting across, communities and sectors, to build the collective knowledge on forced marriage, and identify gaps in capacity and responses. We will be developing a variety of resources to train and build the capacity of those working in professions likely to encounter forced marriage and empowering young people to lead conversations on respectful relationships, gender roles, independence, familial expectations, and other themes of their choosing.

This project is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services.

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.