‘Modern Slavery – Moving Forward, Looking Back’

As a Catholic University, ACU is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence that is informed by Catholic teachings and traditions – including the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. As such, we recognise the dignity of each person and look for ways to work for the advancement of the common good – including in raising awareness of modern slavery at every level.

To this end, ACU and the Anti-Slavery Taskforce of the Archdiocese of Sydney have joined together to host a webinar series which critically reflects on the challenges and opportunities confronting Australia and the world in addressing modern slavery.

The first webinar, ‘Modern Slavery – Moving Forward, Looking Back’, will be introduced by Professor Patrick Keyzer, Dean of ACU’s Thomas More Law School and facilitated by Jenny Stanger from the Anti-Slavery Taskforce. ‘Modern Slavery – Moving Forward, Looking Back’, will feature a panel of experts discussing what can be learned from previous initiatives to help inform next steps in combating human trafficking and modern slavery.

Panel discussion details:

Date: Thursday 27 May
Time: 4pm-5.30pm
Registration: Register online – registration is essential


Panelists James Cockayne, Professor of Global Politics and Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham and Marie Segrave, Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Ima Matul and Sharan Burrow.

Ima Matel is a human trafficking survivor. She is also a founding member and former Manager of the Survivor Leadership Program at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles where she built a community and network of human trafficking survivor leaders across the United States that has impacted US anti-trafficking efforts and policies. In 2015 President Obama appointed Ima to the first United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to advise and provide recommendations to the President’s Interagency Taskforce to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000–2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.

More information

For more information about the panelists and to register, please check the 'Modern Slavery – Moving Forward, Looking Back' event webpage.

For more information about the event, contact Robert Tonkli.

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