Tag : Australia

The Freedom Advocates Project Empowering Individuals with Lived Experience

This webinar features Laura Vidal, a Social Worker with a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy from Sydney, Australia. Drawing on her experience of developing and delivering Australia’s only survivor advocates program for victims of human trafficking and slavery (including forced marriage) —The Freedom Advocates Project— Laura Vidal presented key guidelines for engaging survivors in equal and equitable advocacy to influence policy development and service delivery. Opening authentic and equitable space for survivors’ voices to be heard is essential in the movement to end violence against women, and this webinar provides a roadmap for building principled survivor engagement opportunities and programs. This webinar is appropriate for all advocates working in the field of gender-based violence and human trafficking, including those in direct service and public policy advocacy on the local, state and federal level.




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Developing Innovative, Best Practice Solutions to Address Forced Marriage in Australia

Author: Laura Vidal
Publication: December 2017

In this report to the Churchill Trust, Laura Vidal showcases learning on the treatment of forced marriage from Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the United States, Canada, and Kenya. From her observations of how the practice is addressed in these countries, Vidal distills a list of best practices and makes recommendations for how Australia can better respond to child, early, and forced marriage.

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Human trafficking involving marriage and partner migration to Australia

Author: Samantha Lyneham & Kelly Richards

Publication: The Australian Institute of Criminology, Research and Public Policy Series, #124 (May 20, 2014)

This study outlines the issue of human trafficking involving marriage and partner migration. The findings illustrate that some women immigrating to Australia as good faith spouses are trafficked and exploited through domestic servitude or sex work.

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Empowering Girls: What the Commonwealth can do to end early and forced marriage

Author: Royal Commonwealth Society & Plan International

Publication: September 29, 2011

This guide provides recommendations for actions the Commonwealth can take to end the practices of early and forced marriage in Australia.

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Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced labour, marriage and migration

Author: Good Shepherd Network and Anti-Slavery Australia

Published: 2012

This report exposes gaps in knowledge and services relating to the labor of women in Australia. The authors provide a needs assessment, as well as suggestions for a way forward in terms of possible partnerships for developing knowledge, services and advocacy.

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