Anti-Slavery Project (ASP)

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Anti-Slavery Project (ASP)

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ASP's objective is to change Australian law and harness the community response to trafficked and enslaved people. ASP's strategy for innovation and reform grew out of the real life needs and experiences of trafficked and enslaved clients. ASP capitalizes on the momentum and willingness of government and community agencies to address human trafficking and slavery in the region. While the government has implemented strategies to combat trafficking and individual community agencies have responded to an immediate need, there is more to be done. ASP has identified a series of law reform objectives and has already begun meeting reform targets. We have well placed to initiate and coordinate a range of programs directed.


ASP's target audiences for its advocacy reform agenda are national policy makers whose role has been to develop a coordinated government response to human trafficking in accordance with the UN Protocol. In spite of their efforts, trafficked persons are falling through the cracks and NGOs in the community are unable to help trafficked persons overcome legal and systemic barriers towards accessing justice and protection. A successful policy reform campaign will increase the ability of all members of the government and non-government community to combat trafficking nationwide.

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The Australian government's visa framework introduced in 2004 is flawed and limits prosecutions as the visas offered confer no real protection to victims.ASP seeks to reform the five-stage visa process that offers little incentive for victims to cooperate with authorities and to investigating agents to pursue such visas. To date, there have not been any convictions for the crime of trafficking in persons. The reform agenda will also address inadequacies in local and federal criminal code towards successful prosecutions and a broader approach to all forms of human trafficking. Funding is needed for staff time and expenses to advocate for a reform agenda that will impact all trafficked persons in Australia.


Australia is poised to be a model of best practice in the region and has been engaging other countries at all levels on the issue of human trafficking and slavery. However, current practice and policy falls short of the success of countries such as the United States and Italy. ASP is unique in Australia with a real potential to affect social change. A successful model for state strategies to combat trafficking and slavery in New South Wales can be replicated by other states. ASP's program initiatives bring together legal representation, law reform and policy work and support.


ASP is working with community and government towards long- term, comprehensive solutions to human trafficking and slavery in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. This advocacy project will help to further institutionalize the commitment of government and community agencies to sustained funding and resources being directed to programs addressing human trafficking and slavery.

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1 full-time staff 1 part time staff 1 full-time volunteer