Social Policy Research Network Seminar: FORCED MARRIAGE
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Social Policy Research Network Seminar
Presenters: Jennifer Burn, Rebekah Kilpatrick & Anti-Slavery Australia's Forced Marriage Youth Advocates
When: 2.00-3.30pm, Tuesday 17 September
Where: Room 612, Education Building, University of Sydney
Please join us on Tuesday August 20 as we look at ways forward for service providers, victims and survivors of forced marriage. Come and learn about the causes and consequences of forced marriage, current legislative and civil measures and how you can be an agent of change in this emerging issue.
About the presenters:
The Forced Marriage Youth Advocates team works in line with Anti Slavery Australia’s central objective to eliminate all forms of slavery and human trafficking. The FMYA team, focuses specifically on forced marriage – we are dedicated to developing projects, organising events and initiating programs which aim at both promoting awareness and encouraging public discourse about the issue of forced marriage in the wider Australian community. The work of our team is grounded in the value of prevention and protection of victims and/or potential victims of forced marriage in a domestic and international context. The Anti Slavery Australian FMYA team is made up of passionate and motivated young people who are diverse in their cultural and professional backgrounds and bound together by a strong belief in Anti-Slavery’s cause. The FMYA team is constantly expanding and sincerely encourages those who are interested in contributing their time and energy to the Anti Slavery Australia FMYA cause to get in touch with the FMYA team through Anti-Slavery Australia's Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator Kate Fitzgerald.
Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney is an immigration and administrative law specialist. As part of her legal practice work linked to Anti-Slavery Australia, Jennifer Burn has direct experience with the impact of trafficking, forced marriage and slavery on trafficked people and through research and direct experience has advocated to strengthen Australia’s legal framework to respond to the needs of survivors.
Rebekah Kilpatrick is the Director of the Human Trafficking Section in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. The Attorney-General’s Department leads the whole-of-government policy development on human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices such as forced marriage. This includes chairing both the Interdepartmental Committee which oversees Australia’s strategy to combat human trafficking and slavery, and the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery which is the government’s primary consultative mechanism with civil society. Ms Kilpatrick has been with the Attorney-General’s Department since 2005, and has prior experience within the Department working on a range of issues including transnational crime, human rights and national security.