The UTS Anti-Slavery Project at University of Technology, Sydney has asked us to poll our members about forced marriage.

Please share this link far and wide. AWAVA will provide your feedback to UTS for their submission to the A-G’s Department (see more about the call for submissions below).

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UTS is also hosting a Seminar on Forced Marriage in Sydney on 18 Feb 2011. If you are in Sydney and would like to attend please check out this link.

Call for Submissions

The Federal Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, is currently seeking public comment on available criminal sanctions for slavery and people trafficking offences. Comment is also invited on matters with relevance for people trafficking prosecutions including protections available for vulnerable witnesses, the use of victim impact statements, and the availability of reparation orders in criminal proceedings.  There is more information on the A-G’s website here.