Jenny Stanger, supervisor of the Salvation Army’s safe house for trafficked women in Sydney, has been working to end human trafficking for 15 years. She has been an advocate for trafficked persons in the US where the organisation she co-founded opened America’s first refuge for trafficking victims. Now in Australia, the Salvation Army’s 10-bed safe house for women has been open since 2008, and has been at capacity ever since. Jenny set up the Sydney Safe House in 2007. The Safe House forms part of a Salvation Army program designed to help people who’ve experienced slavery-like conditions in domestic work, hospitality, retail, agriculture, construction, sex services or who are forced into slave-like marriages. The Safe House has supported more than 300 people via residential care, outreach, prevention, case management and international assistance to prospective migrants and family members in the clients’ countries of origin. In 2005, Ms Stanger co-founded the ‘Anti-Slavery Project’ in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law. A key aim of the project is to provide free and comprehensive legal advice to people who experience human trafficking and slavery here in Australia.
Dr Mark Zirnsak, Director, Justice and International Mission, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia Mark was employed as the Synod Social Justice Development Officer in the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in June 1999 and became Director of the Justice and International Mission Unit of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in early 2004. Mark has been involved in campaigning against child labour since the 1990s and against slavery and human trafficking since 2007. He is a member of the Commonwealth Government National Roundtable on Slavery and Human Trafficking.