|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Faculty of Law
PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007
Other:'Human Rights, Rule of Law, Migration'
||The Anti-Slavery Project’s mission is to eliminate of all forms of people trafficking and slavery in Australia. The project seeks to promote the rights of trafficked people and to provide them with support and legal services. The project advocates for changes to laws and policies regarding trafficking and slavery to improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked or enslaved. The Anti Slavery Project also seeks to raise awareness of trafficking by providing research and development as well as information on trafficking to Government, NGOs, the legal profession and the community.
The Anti-Slavery Project has a number of significant achievements. The Project has provided a number of victims of trafficking with legal and social services. The Anti Slavery project at present provides legal services to about 60 clients in relation to immigration, compensation and legal representation related to their experiences of slavery and trafficking.The Anti Slavery project has been instrumental in developing Guidelines for NGOs working with trafficked persons following an invitation to membership of the Australian Attorney Generals Roundtable on People Trafficking. The Project has successfully advocated for law reform regarding changes to visa laws. Following discussions with government and other organisations, led by the Anti Slavery Project, significant changes were made in 2009 to the Australian Support for Victims of People Trafficking Program and the People Trafficking Visa Framework. As a result of these changes support for victims of trafficking is no longer conditional on whether a victim is willing to assist police with an investigation. The Project has released a number of publications, such as its newsletter which has more than 22,000 subscribers. Such publications, as well as the organisation’s website, have raised awareness of trafficking and slavery issues in Australia. The Anti Slavery Project has held two National Trafficking Forums attended by representatives of Government including Federal Police, Department of Immigration & Citizenship, and Attorney Generals Department, as well as lawyers, Academics and NGOs.