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Anti-Slavery Australia is the only specialist legal research and policy centre in Australia focused on the abolition of slavery, human trafficking and extreme labour exploitation. Anti-Slavery Australia grew out of the UTS Community Law Centre in 2003 and continues in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney.

The Centre's early research was about Australia's response to the first international convention dealing specifically with human trafficking, the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. The Centre also provided access to legal advice and representation to trafficked women and had a strong community education role. The Centre's existing research and client focus and increased community outreach became the UTS Anti-Slavery Project.

The Centre continued to grow and develop innovative programs, teaching and research. The University recognised the Centre's research, advocacy, teaching and community focus and the Anti-Slavery Project became Anti-Slavery Australia in 2011.

Our Mission
To protect the human rights of trafficked and enslaved people through research, policy development, law reform, professional practice, education and advocacy.

Our Vision

Anti-Slavery Australia is dedicated to the abolition of human trafficking, slavery, and slavery like practices such as forced labour and forced marriage.

Our aim at Anti-Slavery Australia is to promote and provide leading research, policies, law reform, professional practice, education and advocacy supporting:

  • the human rights of trafficked, enslaved and exploited people;
  • access to justice and legal representation to Anti-Slavery Australia clients;
  • the dissemination of information about human rights abuses affecting trafficked, enslaved and exploited people;
  • the implementation of effective media and communication strategies to build awareness of trafficking and slavery in communities;
  • the development of relationships with government, media, unions, academics, non-government and community organisations.

We provide access to comprehensive legal advice[1], representation and assistance to people who have experienced trafficking or slavery in Australia, including advice about immigration, citizenship, human rights, employment law, family law, criminal law, victims compensation and more. We also advocate for changes to laws and policies that will improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked or enslaved.

Our Team

The legal staff at Anti-Slavery Australia are qualified solicitors as well as registered migration agents. The values of client confidentiality, the provision of timely and accurate legal advice, professional ethics and best practice are of the utmost importance to us.

Our Director, Professor Jennifer Burn, is an immigration and administrative law specialist. She represents Anti-Slavery Australia on the Australian Government National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery and is the author of leading immigration law texts as well as many articles and submissions about how Australia can improve its response to human trafficking and slavery.

Our team includes Joanne Pugsley - Lawyer and Migration Agent, Ruth Chandler - Centre Coordinator, Grace Thangasamy - Forced Marriage Project Manager, as well as law students, law graduates, volunteer social workers and recent graduates.

We rely on the contributions of volunteers from a range of disciplines and we are grateful to our many volunteers and supporters who join with us in this human rights work. We are always happy to hear from people willing to volunteer their time and talents to this important cause.

We are grateful to the Australian Minister for Justice and the Australian Attorney-General's Department for grants to raise awareness of all forms of trafficking and slavery in Australia and to contribute to a legal service for victims of human trafficking, slavery and forced marriage.

Our supporters also include The Neilson Foundation, the Rainbow Fish Foundation, Norton Rose Fulbright, Allens Linklaters, Baker McKenzie, King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith Freehills Clayton Utz, the Brigidine Sisters and ACRATH.

Our Activities

We co-convene the Sydney Community Trafficking Response Network and the NSW Forced Marriage Network with the Australian Red Cross, which brings together a range of community-based groups working collaboratively to address human trafficking, slavery and forced marriage, pool resources, develop best practice responses and referral pathways, and consult on the development of policies.

Some of our activities include:

  • Research priorities on forced marriage and the supply chain;
  • Research on the patterns and practices of slavery and human trafficking in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Skills-based practical training on slavery and human trafficking issues;
  • Outreach, education and media advocacy; and
  • Awareness raising of all forms of trafficking and slavery.

[1] Anti-Slavery Australia legal service is conducted by J.M Burn Solicitor. J.M Burn Solicitor has been seconded to the Anti-Slavery Australia by the UTS Law Faculty to provide legal advice and representation to trafficked people.


Contact Us

Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney
Phone: +61-2-9514 9660