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Who are we


PROJECT FUTURES

We create meaningful experiences that raise funds, educate and empower our generation to end human trafficking and exploitation.  

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Who are we


PROJECT FUTURES

We create meaningful experiences that raise funds, educate and empower our generation to end human trafficking and exploitation.  

What is Human Trafficking and EXPLOITATION?

Human trafficking is the recruitment of persons through force, coercion, deception or abduction for the purpose of exploitation. Victims are then enslaved and found working in industries including construction, hospitality, the sex industry, agriculture and domestic work in households. 

45.8 MILLION ENSLAVED*  

In our world today

2 MILLION CHILDREN**

Sold in the next year

FASTEST GROWING
CRIME industry

Fastest growing organised crime

$150 BILLION DOLLARS*  

Generated each year

Source: *Global Slavery Index 2016, Walk Free, ** Source: UNICEF

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Impact Partners


IMPACT PARTNERS

We partner with service providers in the Asia Pacific region in three key areas; prevention, support services and empowerment.

  

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Impact Partners


IMPACT PARTNERS

We partner with service providers in the Asia Pacific region in three key areas; prevention, support services and empowerment.

  

OUR SOLUTION

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Cambodia


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PROJECT FUTURES has supported women and children in Cambodia who have been subject to and at risk of rape, abuse and human trafficking since our inception in 2009. 

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Cambodia


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PROJECT FUTURES has supported women and children in Cambodia who have been subject to and at risk of rape, abuse and human trafficking since our inception in 2009. 

AFESIP CAMBODIA

AFESIP Cambodia  is dedicated to the eradication of sex slavery and the empowerment of its survivors, based on the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor and activist, Somaly Mam. The organisation has safe houses focusing on recovery, training, education and reintegration of survivors. Our longest standing partner, we have partnered with AFESIP Cambodia  since our inception in 2009. 

CAMBODIAN CHILDREN'S TRUST 

Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT) is a secular, non-profit Cambodian NGO working to enable children in Battambang to break free from the cycle of poverty and become educated, ethical and empowered leaders in their communities.  CCT operates community outreach, education and social enterprise programs with a focus on family-based care, reintegration and family preservation. 

CCT's programs include youth centres and a preschool that provide life-changing support to vulnerable children and their families in Battambang. CCT works to prevent vulnerable children from being trafficked, subjected to child labour and from ending up in orphanages by helping families to escape poverty together.

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Australia


Australia

PROJECT FUTURES partnered with two Australian service providers in 2011 after being exposed to the issue of slavery within our own backyard.

  

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Australia


Australia

PROJECT FUTURES partnered with two Australian service providers in 2011 after being exposed to the issue of slavery within our own backyard.

  

THE salvation army's trafficking AND SLAVERY SAFE HOUSE

This safe house is the only one of its kind in Australia and provides supported accommodation for women who have been identified as victims of trafficking/modern day slavery. The safe house offers crisis and long term assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Casework is holistic and comprehensive, including; financial assistance, access to legal services, medical and mental health services, employment services, social support, personal development, recreational activities and living skills. 

The Freedom advocates project

The Freedom Advocates Project is led by people who have survived human trafficking and/or slavery-like practices. It offers participants’ validation of their experience, empowers them to speak out to government bodies and to the wider community, and reaffirms their worth as a wholly unique and powerful human being.

 The goals of the Freedom Advocates are to:

  • Improve the response to trafficking and slavery in Australia by considering the experience of people who have survived;
  • Enhance the effectiveness of advocacy in the field by survivors using their experiences in a constructive and useful way;
  • Engage the Australian community with the issue of human trafficking and exploitation via community connections 

Margaret

Margaret has been advocating for the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery and slavery like practices for more than four years due to her own experience of modern slavery as a domestic worker. Margaret has engaged with communities and the Australian Government to advance the rights of domestic workers and people who have experienced modern slavery in Australia. Margaret holds a Certificate 3 in Aged Care and a Diploma of Community Services.    

Sandra

Sandra has been advocating for the rights of people in slavery for more than three years. Sandra came to Australia as a domestic worker and found herself in slavery in Western Sydney. Having found freedom, Sandra knows first-hand the courage and bravery it takes to reach out for help and through her work as an advocate, encourages others in similar situations to speak out. Sandra has worked with the community and government to raise awareness and increase support to victims in Australia. Sandra is trained as an assistant in nursing and works full time in Aged Care.


CHILD WISE

Child Wise has programs that reduce incidence and impact of child abuse and exploitation in Australia. For the last two years we have supported the National Child Abuse Prevention Helpline; a toll free number that provides Australians with access to expert advice from trained counsellors and offers a platform to speak up about child abuse. 

Research provided by Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates that one in four girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused in Australia. Abuse has serious and long-term physical and psychological effects on children. For this reason, PROJECT FUTURES is supporting a new program in 2016 that will help reduce the vulnerabilities in children that offenders seek to exploit.

PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOURS SAFETY PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS

The Child Wise Protective Behaviours Personal Safety Program promotes empowerment strategies, clear communication and awareness of ‘safe’ behaviours for school-aged children in order to prevent them from becoming victims of abuse, particularly sexual abuse. Child Wise implement the program in public schools across Victoria, with a particular focus on targeting disadvantaged schools with culturally and linguistically diverse and indigenous students, as well as rural and regional public schools.

The program will help children to:

  • Identify ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ touch and feelings
  • Understand their rights – the right to feel safe and say no to things that make them feel sad or scared
  • Know the difference between secrets and surprises
  • Feel confident about speaking up if anything happens to them
  • Identify a ‘safety network’ of people that they can turn to

To deliver this program in a manner that ensures ongoing sustainability, a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach has been taken. Child Wise deliver the program to teachers who will then conduct Protective Behaviour sessions and activities with their students in the classroom for years to come.

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Reports


REPORTS

We pride ourselves on integrity, honesty and transparency in our dealings with our donors, stakeholders and impact projects.

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Reports


REPORTS

We pride ourselves on integrity, honesty and transparency in our dealings with our donors, stakeholders and impact projects.

Annual Report

PROJECT FUTURES is committed to being a transparent organisation. Our annual reports allow our donors and supporters to be confident with where we are directing our funds and where we are investing to grow the organisation. We also comply to the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) reporting standards and our financial records are audited annually. 

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IMpACT AND PROGRESS REPORTS

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Impact Reports published once a year aims to give our supporters and future donors a comprehensive overview of the work that our impact partners provide on the ground. We will showcase the scale and scope of projects that together provide a holistic support service for victims and those at most risk of this crime.

From November 2016, we also started to release progress reports every two months to provide a snapshot of some of the great outcomes we have had over this period. It is important to us that we continue to demonstrate how important your contribution is to supporting our goal to end human trafficking.

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The purpose of PROJECT FUTURES is to create empowered world where every person can take action against human trafficking and slavery. For more information please download our Story Book and brochures and share them amongst your network. 

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Our Team


our TEAM

The PROJECT FUTURES team is made up of passionate professionals. We are four full time staff members, five Board of Directors, fifteen young advisory members and a dozen volunteers at any one time. 

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Our Team


our TEAM

The PROJECT FUTURES team is made up of passionate professionals. We are four full time staff members, five Board of Directors, fifteen young advisory members and a dozen volunteers at any one time. 

meet the TEAM

Stephanie Lorenzo

CEO & Founder

Steph started PROJECT FUTURES  as an outlet for young professionals to utilise their skills and talents to support victims of human trafficking and slavery in the Asia Pacific region.

Renee Anschau

Partnerships Manager

Leaving behind a career in media to apply her skills and expertise to support vulnerable communities, Renee has been able to align passion with purpose to help bring an end to human trafficking.

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Rhiahne Ralph

Events Manager

Rhiahne left her sales background to make a difference in the world by channeling every ounce of her energy into combating the world's third largest crime industry.

Emma Semke

International Adventures Manager

Em has a background in marketing and communications across corporate and consumer brands. She's using these skills to empower our generation to end human trafficking.

 


BOARD of directors

Cathy Gadd

Former General Manager of Marketing, Genea

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Chandu Bhindi

Senior Finance Executive, Commonwealth Bank

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Dr David Cooke

Managing Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Mark Edwards

Partner and CEO, Camphin Boston Chartered Accounting

Nicholas Edwards  (Chairman)

Lawyer, Gilbert and Tobin

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Founders Story


FOUNDERS STORY

At just 22 years old, Stephanie was introduced to the issue of human trafficking after reading the heart-wrenching biography by Somaly Mam, a Cambodian woman sold into the sex trade as a child.

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Founders Story


FOUNDERS STORY

At just 22 years old, Stephanie was introduced to the issue of human trafficking after reading the heart-wrenching biography by Somaly Mam, a Cambodian woman sold into the sex trade as a child.

Stephanie Lorenzo

With a Bachelor of International Communication from Macquarie University held in hand, Stephanie Lorenzo didn’t begin her career planning to start a charity. It was a chance encounter with a book about sex trafficking when she was 22, and a life-changing trip to Cambodia that left her asking, 'how could this be real?'. In June 2009, Stephanie unlocked her purpose, creating a movement to help facilitate an end to human trafficking and exploitation.  That movement was PROJECT FUTURES.

Stephanie’s ‘purpose equals action’ leadership approach has enabled her to mobilise young professionals to engage in creative, innovative and sustainable fundraising initiatives. The PROJECT FUTURES community is now raising  $1 million a year for anti-trafficking projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Stephanie’s core message is about harnessing the ‘power of purpose’ in our lives. Once you discover your ‘why’, you are empowered to take action and manifest your gift to the world. 

In  2016, Stephanie was a finalist in the Qantas and Women's Weekly 'Women of the Future Award', in 2014 named one of the Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence, in 2013 was nominated as Australian of the Year.  Most recently, Stephanie has joined the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board for the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). 

Stephanie is managed by The Supernova Tribe

Please contact Rebecca to book Stephanie to speak at your event, rebecca@thesupernovatribe.com