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The Salvation Army's Freedom Partnership enters new phase

The Salvation Army's Freedom Partnership enters new phase

The Salvation Army's Freedom Partnership enters new phase

3 July 2018

The Salvation Army is continuing its commitment to help end modern slavery in Australia, and around the world.

By Simone Worthing

As part of the Australia One Social Program Review, The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery has undergone some structural changes that became effective from 1 July 2018.

Its work will still continue, but in a different way.

“The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership is not closing and its name will be retained,” said Dr Elli Mcgavin, The Salvation Army’s National Head of Department: Policy, Research and Social Justice.

The various components of the Partnership, including its advocacy and support programs, will be redirected to and absorbed by other areas in the new Australia One structure.

The changes include:

· The Safe House function of The Freedom Partnership, offering accommodation and emergency support to victims of modern-day slavery, will come under the management of Australia Eastern Territory Homelessness and Accommodation Services.

· The advocacy function will come under the management of the National Policy, Research and Social Justice Department.

Heather Moore, National Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, will continue to head up the lobbying and research into the Modern Slavery Act and forced marriage legislation.

“Heather is moving into the policy and advocacy team where she will have the support of other policy and advocacy experts,” explained Dr Mcgavin.

“She will now have access to researchers and experts from Australia Southern Territory as well as those she has engaged with in Australia Eastern in the past.

“The Safe House team will now be supported by The Salvation Army’s Homelessness and Accommodation stream – one of the largest service providers in Australia.

“Additionally, Commissioner James Condon will continue to head The Australian Freedom Network, a framework through which faith-based organisations can collaborate and communicate regarding their efforts in the fight against modern slavery.

“We are continuing to develop engagement processes in the community and are in discussion with other faith-based organisation who have connections in this area and are keen to engage.

“The Salvation Army has been committed to ending slavery for the last century and we are grateful for the work of staff within The Freedom Partnership.”

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