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June 21, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: The Salvation Army hails modern slavery breakthrough (media release)

The Salvation Army welcomes the successful passage of Australia’s first modern slavery bill through the New South Wales parliament today

For media comment, please contact: The Salvation Army Media Department – (02) 9466 3143

February 16, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: The Salvation Army backs new measures to support victims of modern slavery

The Salvation Army welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government that victims of forced marriage will have access to 200 days of support through the Support for Trafficked People Program, without being required to contribute to a criminal investigation or prosecution

For more information and media comment please contact:

Jenny Stanger, National Manager, The Salvation Army – Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery 0402399400

August 16, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: The Salvation Army Freedom Partnership welcomes new measures to combat modern slavery

The Salvation Army welcomes the Federal Government’s proposal to introduce new legislation requiring Australian businesses to report annually on steps taken to address slavery in their supply chains.

March 30, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: Business Council of Australia supports a Modern Slavery Act.

The Salvation Army Freedom Partnership together with the Australian Freedom Network welcomes the Business Council of Australia’s recent support for a Modern Slavery Act – an Act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like work conditions.

For more information or media comment please contact:

  • James Condon, Chair, Australian Freedom Network, c/- Alison Rahill, 0429517157
  • Jenny Stanger, National Manager, The Salvation Army – Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery 0402399400

November 30, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Churchill Fellowship-Laura Vidal
Congratulations to our National Projects Coordinator Laura Vidal who has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship! Through the fellowship Laura will undertake an international research project on early and forced marriage which will help to advance Australia’s response on this issue.

July 1, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Response to 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report by The Freedom Partnership to end modern Slavery.

May 20, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Coalition policy welcomed, but more focus on support for migrant workers needed

The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership- to End Modern Slavery together with The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcome the Coalition’s announcement of policy to address the exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers, but remain concerned it won’t go far enough to help workers raise the alarm. Read the full press release HERE

Media Comments: The Salvation Army – (02) 9266 9820,

April 27, 2016

Open Letter – Australian Government must support vulnerable migrant women escaping family violence
The Freedom Partnership joins with over 130 organisations in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urging the Government to ensure that migrant women on temporary visas who seek to escape violence are entitled to crisis payments regardless of their visa status.

April 18, 2016

Our national policy and advocacy officer, Heather Moore was interviewed by The Brisbane Times on what could be preventing human trafficking prosecutions in Australia. Read the story HERE.

April 12, 2016

How do we prevent an invisible crime? Our national policy and advocacy officer, Heather Moore, writes for The Border Crossing Observatory on human trafficking in Australia. Read the full article HERE.

April 11, 2016

‘This is happening in Australia’: Sydney victim of slavery speaks out.

An interview in The Sydney Morning Herald with one of our Freedom Advocates Susan, who tells her story of being enslaved in Sydney before escaping and finding refuge in our Trafficking and Slavery Safe House. Now an advocate for us at The Freedom Partnership, she bravely shares her story with the hope of helping other victims come forward. Read the article HERE.

April 1, 2016

The Freedom Partnership together with 10 other organisations, service providers, unions and academics* who seek to advance the rights of migrant workers in Australia, have released a joint media release in opposition to the ‘backpacker tax.’

We are urging the Minster for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, to stop the ‘backpacker tax’ because it creates incentives for informal work which paves the way for people to be exploited.

Read the media release HERE.

*Asian Australian Alliance, Asian Women at Work,  National Union of Workers (NUW), United Voice,  United WHY (HKWHY, KOWHY, T-WHY)
Dr. Laurie Berg, UTS, Faculty of Law, 
Tina Davis, Dept of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Sydney

Dr. Bassina Farbenblum, UNSW Law
Nicola Piper, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre, University of Sydney

Dr. Stuart Rosewarne, Dept of Political Economy, University of Sydney 


March 8, 2016

To mark International Women’s Day, our Campaign Coordinator Laura and Freedom Advocate Amina share their thoughts on achieving access to comprehensive and rights based responses to forced marriage. Their op-ed was published in the Huffington Post Australia and SBS. 

December 21, 2015

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Workplace Relations reports on it’s findings, read more.

December 18, 2015

National Manager Jenny Stanger and National Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Heather Moore call for greater monitoring and restrictions on diplomats bringing domestic workers to Australia, ABC’s Michael Brissenden reports.

December 6, 2015

Members of the Australian Freedom Network talk  to ABC’s John Cleary about Slavery in Australia and the actions faith leaders are taking.

December 2, 2015

The Salvation Army together with Walk Free launch The Australian Freedom Network. Read about the launch, take action at

July 21, 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald speaks with National Manager Jenny Stanger about the recent visa reforms for people who have experienced human trafficking in Australia. Full article here.

July 2, 2015

666 Canberra speak with Advocacy Coordinator Heather Moore about Domestic Worker exploitation

May 27 2015

NGOs and Survivors welcome Trafficking visa changes. Community organisations welcome the announcement of changes to support victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices in Australia. Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison and  Minister assisting the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash announced these reforms in relation to victims of trafficking:

1. Renaming the permanent Witness Protection Trafficking Visa (WPTV) to protect victim’s confidentiality
2. Removing the Criminal Justice Stay Visa (CJSV) from the framework, to be replaced with a new visa framework
3. Adding eligibility for the Adult Migrant English Program for bridging visa holders
4. Removing the two-year waiting period for an alternate support payment to Special Benefit after the grant of the permanent visa

NGOs and Survivors have responded to these changes you can read their full responses here:
Joint NGO Press Release
Freedom Advocates Press Release

For media enquiries please contact The Salvation Army Media Office- (02) 9266 9820

Australian Government Press Release:
The Hon. Scott Morrison & Michaelia Cash Press Release

Media articles: “Human trafficking victims to get English lessons and more welfare…”
Xinhua News Agency: “Trafficking victims in Australia to receive English lessons for helping investigations”

March 25 2015

The Salvation Army Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery welcomes the announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the exploitation of temporary work visas including temporary skilled migrant (457), working holiday (417) and student visas. According to National Manager, Jenny Stanger, “The Freedom Partnership is concerned about this issue because we regularly respond to exploited migrants across a range of our Salvation Army services. In the most extreme cases, our Trafficking and Slavery Safe House is responding to forced labour, servitude, trafficking in persons and other slavery-like conditions.”

Read the full media release here.


Related Media:

May 21 2015

A Darwin based hospitality business has been fined a record $175,000 for the exploitation of 457 visa workers, full story here.

May 5 2015

Allegations of a a woman forced into sexual servitude in Canberra 

May 4 2015

A revealing look at the agricultural industry in Australia, engaging in exploitative work practices. ABC Four Corners- Slaving Away

April 4 2015

Slavery in Australian Suburbs, SBS report

December 2 2014

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, The Freedom Partnership releases Sandra’s Story. Sandra has shared her story to encourage others to take action and end modern slavery in Australia
Intl Day Abolition Slavery 2014- Press Release
How Sandra became a modern day slave in Australia

November 18 2014

The second Global Slavery Index launches, Jenny Stanger is interviewed about Modern Slavery in Australia
Australia’s depraved  Slave Trade
Thousands in Modern Slavery in Australia

August 1 2014

Australian migrants trapped in slave like marriages

July 30 2014

The Freedom Partnership launches on the inaugural UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Freedom Partnership Press Release

July 30 2014

Slavery not limited to foreign brothels, opinion piece by Jenny Stanger

 July 15 2014

Jenny Stanger nominated for Pride of Australia award!

 May 22 2014

Women Trafficked, Forced into slavery under partner migration program report.


Freedom Partnership Submissions:

September 2015: Joint Submission to the Productivity Commission into the Workplace Relations Framework- Phase II

March 2015: Submission to the Productivity Commission into the Workplace Relations Framework

January 2015:  Submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection Skilled Migration Review


Freedom Partnership Updates:

July 2016 Newsletter, Celebrating 2 years of The Freedom Partnership

June 2016 Newsletter

Christmas 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

Celebrating 1 year of The Freedom Partnership

December 2014 Newsletter


Other Media & Links on The Freedom Partnership:

Modern slavery in Australia

2014 Global Slavery Index estimates that 3000 people are in Slavery in Australia

International efforts

ILO adopts new Protocol to adopt modern forms of forced labour

Joint statement of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons


Articles & Research

Early & Forced Marriage

Responding to Early and Forced Marriage in Australia. Conference paper prepared for the 2016 Association of Child Welfare Agencies Conference by Laura Vidal, National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership.

Freedom Partnership – Letter to the EditorWeekend Australian Magazine

2014 – The Right to Refuse: Examining Forced Marriage in Australia, Good Shepard Australia & New Zealand

2014, Plan International- Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region


Human Trafficking and International Law, Lindsey King

Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Commonwealth Crimes Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013

Modern slavery in Australia

2012 Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo- Mission to Australia Report

Forced Labour
2010 – Achieving Accountability for Migrant Domestic Worker Abuse, Janie A Chuang, Washington College of Law

2010 – Labour Trafficking, Australian Institute of Criminology, Fiona David

2014 – International Labour Office,“Profits and Poverty: The Economics or Forced Labour”

2014 – ILO Indicators of Forced Labour Guide

Free Trade Agreements & Modern Slavery?
2015- Assoc. Professor Stuart Rosewarne ‘Free Trade Agreements Driving Labour Market Reforms by Stealth’, The Conversation

Supply Chains

United Nations Global Compact “Guide to Traceability”

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