Break the Chain
ASEAN-Australia Youth against modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour
What is Break the Chain?
Break the Chain will bring together young professionals, business people, faith leaders, early-career researchers and social changemakers across ASEAN and Australia to understand modern slavery and work together to find regional solutions.
From January to March of 2021, the digital program will be co-delivered with partners and provide opportunities for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and policy outputs through capacity-building workshops and masterclasses with leaders in the field. The aim of the program is to create an energised, capable, and dynamic network of young people to become the next thought leaders and innovators on the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking.
The program’s focus on building connections and promoting thought leadership amongst engaged, informed and capable youth will culminate in a report highlighting youth perspectives on policy and business solutions, opportunities for collaboration and the prominence of these issues in a post-COVID region.
Why is now the time for multilateral collaboration?
In the wake of COVID-19, regional collaboration on issues of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour is more important than ever.
Economic instability from COVID-19 is leading to a predicted increase in labour exploitation. School closures have left young people vulnerable to early marriage, forced labour and sexual exploitation. UNDODC has warned of increased enforcement measures from lockdown further driving transnational crime underground, whilst impacting on state’s ability to provide essential services to victims of crime. Non-essential services such as on-site police and labour inspections have also been affected, and some justice systems are limited in the services they can provide.
All of these factors mean that modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour are set to significantly increase. Already, there are currently an estimated 45.8 million people living in slave-like conditions throughout the world. As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, it is critical that there be regional collaboration to combat these issues.
Australia and ASEAN remain at the forefront of the global trend in addressing these issues on both a global and a regional scale.
In passing the Modern Slavery Act 2018, Australia joined the forefront of the global trend in seeking to address this issue on both a global and regional scale. Now more than ever, there is an appetite for international co-operation on this issue.
This is an exciting opportunity to use this attention to highlight innovative solutions and feature young voices in this issue that disproportionately affects young people in both Australia and our regional partners in ASEAN.
The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership is proud to partner with
The Bali Process Regional Support Office (RSO) provides technical support to the Bali Process and to strengthen regional cooperation on refugee protection and international migration, including people smuggling and trafficking in persons.
Walk Free, powered by Minderoo Foundation, is an is an anti-slavery organisation headquartered in Australia, with representation in the UK and the US. The Foundation focuses on a multi-faceted approach to engage a number of stakeholders, including governments, businesses, academics, civil society, and faiths, in global initiatives to drive change and build awareness around the complex and often hidden nature of modern slavery.
Learn more about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index measures the extent of modern slavery country by country, and the steps governments are taking to respond to this issue, to objectively measure progress toward ending modern slavery. The Index draws together findings from across estimates of prevalence, measurement of vulnerability, and assessment of government responses, alongside an analysis of trade flows and data on specific products.
Start learning today with Australia’s first-of-its-kind, free online training program on modern slavery.
The course is comprehensive, covering all forms of slavery and human trafficking, including international conventions, Australian legislation and specific content on trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, forced marriage, debt bondage, child labour and organ trafficking. The course includes case-studies, quizzes and best practice standards for working with vulnerable people.
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IMPORT EXPORT Show
Modern Slavery Reporting for Importers and Exporters
AASYP Modern Slavery Youth Project representative Mikaylie Page discussed how business action on modern slavery is tied to consumers increased desire for ethical products with Michael Milnes (Supplied Legal), David Brightling (Australian Border Force), Serena Grant (Walk Free Initiative), and Lawrence Christoffelsz (Ethical Trade Alliance).
Lee Bing Tan
Jill (Jay) Moran
Lee Bing Tan