For the past 17 years, Professor Jennifer Burn has led Anti-Slavery Australia (ASA) in the Law Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney. ASA is a unique, specialist legal and migration centre providing free legal and migration advice and representation for people who have experienced trafficking and slavery in Australia.
Under Jennifer’s leadership ASA has directly influenced the development of Australian laws and policies relating to the protection of victims of all forms of trafficking and slavery – and continues to advocate for changes to improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked.
Lawyers at Anti-Slavery Australia know how the experience of trafficking and slavery causes harm to peoples’ health, security and safety. ASA oversees a range of research with particular focus on the area of immigration law.
Professor Burn continues to be actively involved in the development of Australia’s response to human trafficking and slavery. She was a foundation member and has an ongoing role with the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking which was formed in 2008.
As part of this role, she has worked on the following sub-committees:
Forced Marriage Communications Working Group,
The Supply Chain Working Group,
The Labour Exploitation Working Group.
Jennifer has presented at the United Nations - during the 2006 hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) - as well as at other
international conferences. She also participated in the Australian Government Bali Process workshops.
In 2019, the New South Wales Government appointed Jennifer to the position of Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner (NSW).
Dr Yvette Selim is the Interim Deputy Director at Anti-Slavery Australia. Her role encompasses the design and delivery of training and research for evidence-based policy-making, and partnership development.
Yvette has extensive experience delivering learning and capacity building activities. As a Learning Advisor at UNSW, she designed curriculum and regularly taught workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students university-wide. She has lectured in a range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including development studies, international relations, social science and qualitative research methods.
She is an experienced international researcher and has a track-record carrying out research that is practice- and policy-oriented. Yvette is passionate about the ways survivors’ voices can inform and shape anti-slavery measures. She has conducted research on the worst forms of child labour for the International Labor Organization, gender-based violence for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the peace negotiations in the Philippines, Sudan and Sri Lanka for the Public International Law & Policy Group. Yvette has worked for various organisations including the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (US), The Asia Foundation (Philippines) and the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (UK), and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and the Australian National University.
Yvette has a background in law, conflict resolution, bioethics and medical science. She has a range of publications and she is a reviewer for a number of high-ranking international journals.