THE salvation army's trafficking AND SLAVERY SAFE HOUSE
This Safe House opened in 2008 and remains the only supported accommodation service in Australia for individuals experiencing human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices.
Clients (and their families) are assisted to overcome extreme disadvantage through a comprehensive supported accommodation service, complex case management and given help to navigate complex systems and social structures.
Case managers work with individuals to empower and strengthen their abilities; working toward a full realisation of their human rights. The Safe House simultaneously advocates for systemic change to decrease the barriers faced by individuals following exploitation; utilising a unique survivor led movement to do this. Case Managers resource and guide clients to learn living skills, navigate complex legal and migration situations and break down language, employment and education barriers—in turn reducing vulnerability to further exploitation.
Physical and mental health concerns contribute significantly to a person’s vulnerability and capacity to rebuild their lives. Trauma left untreated can disrupt a person’s ability to live independently and productively. Comprehensive and consistent psychological support is provided until they are confident they can support themselves, and the trauma they have experienced no longer intrudes on their everyday life. Psychological support is often not available to those without an income. The Safe House ensures that treatment is available regardless of income as it is critical to building a future.
The Freedom advocates project
The Freedom Advocates Project provides an opportunity for survivors of modern slavery to use their experiences to publicly advocate, consult with Government or mentor other victims in a safe and supported environment.
It offers participants’ validation of their experience, empowers them to speak out 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
Meet some of the Advocates:
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 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.
PREVIOUS IMPACT PARTNERS
cambodian children's trust (2015-2017)
Supported for close to two years, PROJECT FUTURES donated $198,202 to the Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT); a community development organisation in Battambang that operates a holistic range of services that prevent vulnerable children and their families from being exploited, subjected to forced labour, begging or being trafficked into orphanages.
From education, to social support, healthcare, cultural activities, nutrition and community outreach, CCT offers support to over 400 people through community youth centres and advocates strongly for family-based care.
CCT met our goals of providing best-practice solutions that work to prevent the exploitation of children by addressing their basic needs, ensuring they receive a quality education and preventing them from being trafficked into orphanages or across borders. Migration in cities like Battambang is significant as it is so close to the border with Thailand.
CHILD WISE (2011-2016)
Child Wise work to build awareness, deliver education, and provide the tools to empower individuals and communities around Australia to actively prevent child abuse and exploitation.
PROJECT FUTURES partnered with Child Wise for almost six years in support of programs that reduce incidence and impact of child abuse and exploitation in Australia. This included a campaign to raise awareness and drive action against child sex tourism in the Asia-Pacific in 2011, support for the National Child Abuse Prevention from 2013-2015 and most recently, their Personal Safety Program implemented in disadvantaged schools in Victoria.
Since 2011, PROJECT FUTURES donated $214,113 directly to Child Wise through our connection with community, individuals and corporate sponsors in Australia. It has been a proud association with many positive outcomes for children in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
MAITI NEPAL (2013-2014)
Maiti Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of abuse, exploitation and torture.
PROJECT FUTURES supported Maiti Nepal in 2013 with a one-time payment of just over $30,000 following a Charity Challenge through the Himalayas.