Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Slavery continues today and harms people in every country in the world, including Australia.
Women forced into prostitution. People forced to work in agriculture, domestic work and factories. Children in sweatshops producing goods sold globally. Entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts. Girls forced to marry older men. These are all instances of Modern Slavery.
Someone is in slavery if they are:
forced to work – through coercion, or mental or physical threat;
owned or controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
There are an estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world, including: > 10 million children > 24.9 million people in forced labour > 15.4 million people in forced marriage > 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation
Modern Slavery is a crime which almost always goes unpublished, unreported or is seldom talked about. Since the abolition of the Slavery int he 19th Century, it has taken a new shape and it is a pressing need for us to discuss it and find reform measures. This conferences provides a unique platform of discussion and debates for key stakeholders interested in this area to address the issue which is on a rise in various forms. This conference aims to:
Create a dialogue between businesses, civil society, policy makers and other key stakeholders to strengthen efforts modern slavery;
Present ideas and resources that can help or support those who are interested to work in this field;
Provide a platformfor collaboration across the diverse group of attendees.
Network with delegates from across voluntary organisations, law enforcement and the public sector
Hear from leading experts in modern slavery and have your questions answered by our panel of speakers
Study examples of best practice and learn from successful case studies
Benefit from insights into modern legislations to curb Modern Slavery across the world
Understand how your organisation or you individually can do more to identify the victims of modern slavery
Provide actionable insight and practical tools that can be applied in the workplace
Engage both delegates and speakers in participative discussions
Who should attend?
Students (law, humanities, politics & IR)
Members and Supporters of NGOs
Representatives from companies
Law Enforcement Organisations/Agencies
Hon. Jose Ramos-Horta - Recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize & Former President of Timor Leste (Video Conference)
Hon. Chris Crewther - Member of Parliament
Hon. Paul Green - Member of Legislative Council NSW
Hon. Adam Searle, MLC - Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations; Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council NSW
Kate Eastman SC - Barrister of New Chambers Sydney
Professor Justine Nolan - Associate Professor of UNSW Faculty of Law
Emelda Davis - President, Australian South Sea Islanders
Jenny Stanger - National Manager of The Freedom Partnership
Sally Irwin - Founder & CEO, The Freedom Hub
Robin Mellon - CEO, Supply Chain Sustainability School
Carsten Primdal - Founder, Vantage Compliance
Madeleine Bridgett - Barrister, 6 St James Hall Chambers & Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Bronwyn Byrnes - Barrister, 6 St James Hall Chambers
Benedict Coyne - Executive Counsel of Anderson Fredericks Turner