The 2016 Global Slavery Index reveals that an estimated 4,300 people are living in modern slavery in Australia. Help us provide them with freedom and support through the Freedom Fund.
The Freedom Fund supports victims to access basic services such as shelter, transport, food and emergency medical care when no other support is available.
Help us ensure that safe and professional support is available for people escaping slavery until they are able to access more formal supports.
Contributions to the fund will provide support for survivors in the following ways:
- Emergency Relief – There is often a gap period between escape from slavery and access to formal supports/services that can be as little as 2 weeks or as long as 1 – 2 months. During this time and at other times, funding may be needed for temporary accommodation, food, basic necessities, replacement of documents/photos, transport and access to a phone.
- Independent Living Grant – Survivors transitioning into more permanent housing may seek a grant to assist with the costs of providing a bond and obtaining items to establish a household. A second grant from this fund may be allocated to previous applicants being joined by family members.
- Family Reunification Grant – Most people who experience trafficking and slavery have family members left behind in their country of origin. This separation can be for unexpected periods of time, which increases the vulnerability of children/spouses, and stresses relationships. Separation from children, especially, contributes to depression and a sense of hopelessness amongst people enslaved in Australia. Reuniting with family members can cost up to $10,000 and is out of reach for many survivors who are often working in low-paid jobs as they build a new life in Australia.
Donations made online will go directly to The Australian Freedom Fund. By clicking ‘Donate now’ you will be re-directed to our secure payment page.