Alison is a specialist in anti-modern slavery activism in Australia.
She is currently the Executive Officer of the Anti Slavery Task Force of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and has recently convened its successful Ethical Sourcing Seminar and Expo.
Alison works with business owners, industry representatives, faith leaders and congregations, community services, NGOs, public sector agency staff and first responders to collaboratively build community Outreach capacity for social inclusion, crisis and legal support..
Alison is the Executive Officer of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce. Her work is to bring to fruition the Archdiocese’s vision to slavery-proof its supply chains through the development of ethical purchasing and investment policies.
Alison also administers the Shop For Goodprogram of ethical purchasing for consumers to help #endslavery.
Before working at the Sydney Archdiocese, Alison was National Network Coordinator for the Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery, and played an active role in successful advocacy for Australia’s landmark Modern Slavery legislation.
Alison is a specialist in identifying and assisting victims of civil offences such as wage theft and the criminal offences of modern slavery including forced labour, debt bondage, deceptive recruitment, domestic servitude and human trafficking.
Earlier in her career, Alison worked as a researcher, producer and journalist before then as a community organiser with trade union peak bodies. Alison is a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the Evatt Foundation, an organisation dedicated to upholding the highest ideals of the labour movement.
Article on migrant worker exploitation in Australia: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/how-88-days-can-turn-into-a-nightmare-of-debt-and-despair/8716564
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WORKSHOP: Ending Slavery will make the best version of ourselves even better
The scale of modern slavery is staggering.
There are more slaves now than at any time in history.
An estimated 40.3 million people are in slavery worldwide. About 70% are women and girls. 52% live in 15,000 of the estimated total live in slavery or slave-like conditions in Australia.
Victims of modern slavery are forced to work for little or no pay while someone else takes control of their money. They are held against their will by deception or under threat of violence to themselves or to their families and friends.
Watch the highlights of the latest Global Slavery Index at https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/ based on extensive research by the WalkFree Foundation in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration
Modern Slavery is all around us – hidden in plain sight.
Modern Slavery is hidden in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the electronic devices we use, even in the sporting events we follow.
Familiar news stories may cover a child picking cocoa for our next chocolate bar from plantations in the Ivory Coast or a fisherman on a Thai vessel catching our next plate of prawns, or a woman sewing our next fashionable jeans in a Bangladeshi sweatshop.
But a victim of modern slavery could also be the child carer who lives next door to us. Or the man behind our local servo. Or the student serving our beer at the local pub. Or the lady polishing our nails or giving us our next massage. Or the migrant worker harvesting our fruits or building the city skyscraper or cleaning our offices after hours or selling the souvenirs at our tourist spots.
Modern Slavery is a global organised crime.
Modern slavery comes in different criminal forms that include human trafficking, debt bondage, forced labour, child slavery, forced marriage. Victims are trafficked for sex exploitation, for organ removal and sale, for war labour as child soldiers or sex slaves for rebels. They are bought, sold, tricked, coerced and captured from communities, schools, refugee boats, even orphanages.
Modern slavery is one of the top three global organised crimes, along with arms smuggling and drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing – generating profits of over $150 billion annually.
Hidden No More!
In this workshop, we will ensure that Modern Slavery will not be hidden for too much longer. We would like our communities to be aware of this insidious but easily hidden crime.
Together we will create a “Free a Slave” personal toolkit by:
• Discovering what modern slavery is and how it affects individuals, our community and the wider region, at large;
• Learning how to detect the signs of modern slavery and what we can do, or must not do, when we suspect of its existence in our vicinity;
• Understanding the new laws that have been enacted by the Federal and NSW governments and its impact on our daily lives;
• Using the publicly-available resources to guide our purchase and use of ethical goods and services that #DoNoHarm;
By working together as a community we create our opportunity to protect the vulnerable and restore freedom to victims of modern slavery with the choices we make every day.
We can make THIS, our generation, the generation that will finally #endslavery. We can remake Australia. We can achieve an even better “best version” of ourselves.