Cumberland Women’s Network June Event
June 12 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AMA$25.00
Modern Day Slavery in Australia
Presented by Sally Irwin – The Freedom Hub
- The Freedom Hub back story
- Modern Day Slavery in Australia
- What we are doing about it
- How you can make a difference
More About Sally:
Born and raised in Sydney, Sally commenced her professional career as a Company Cadet for Grace Bros, held a number of business positions including NSW State Trainer for L’Oreal of Paris, Store Manager of Price Point furniture and then Myer, rising to senior management as National Merchandiser/Buyer for Ladies Shoes. Taking a break from corporate positions to raise two children Sally volunteered and pioneered a few small not for profit ventures in Australia.
Moving to Germany in 2008 when her husband took up a Diplomatic post in Berlin, Sally was confronted with the issue of human trafficking – particularly from Eastern Europe, and established a charity in Berlin to fund organisations that supported the victims. She also became very active in a café supporting women trafficked into prostitution, and was personally involved in helping a number of these women return to their country and begin a new life. Returning to Sydney in July 2012, Sally applied her passion and experience to the issue of modern day slavery here in Australia. As a volunteer Sally worked in the Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House, for two years building up a small volunteer movement and running training courses to help survivors become work ready.
Sally was actively engaged in equipping the women to return to the workforce. Sally has been part of the Working Group for Stop the Traffik Australia since early 2014, which is a coalition of 40 organisations who work toward ending slavery internationally. In this role Sally networks with all major NGO’s operating in this field. In March 2014 Sally founded The Freedom Hub Survivor School, that trains, equips and provides work experience to survivors of modern slavery in Australia. In 2016 she opened a “business for purpose” which consists of a café, venue & retail to fund the administration of the Survivor School. With her co-workers she is helping survivors to rebuild their lives to a point where they can be employed, self-sufficient and have regained their self-worth.