Anti-Slavery Australia is the only specialist legal research and policy centre in Australia focused on the abolition of slavery, trafficking and extreme labour exploitation. Anti-Slavery Australia grew out of a research focus on human trafficking at the UTS Community Law Centre from 2003 and continues to be part of the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney.
The Centre’s early research was about Australia’s response to the first international convention dealing specifically with human trafficking, the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. The Centre also provided access to legal advice and representation to trafficked women and had a strong community education role. Between 2005 - 2007, the Centre’s existing work was strengthened by an association with Jenny Stanger to further develop the Centre’s community outreach focus and community-based networks. The Centre’s existing research and client focus and increased community outreach became the UTS Anti-Slavery Project.
Anti-Slavery Australia is dedicated to the abolition of slavery, servitude, slavery-like practices such as forced labour and forced marriage, human trafficking and extreme labour exploitation.