Matt Friedman in Australia

International advocate against slavery, Matt Friedman, is coming to Australia and will speak on the breadth and range of human slavery in the world today and how we can all play our part in helping to address this global problem.

Matt is an international human trafficking expert with more than 25 years of experience as an activist, program designer, evaluator, and manager.

He has worked for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Today he works with the Mekong Club a business formed NGO helping businesses across Asia address and abolish the business of slavery.

Matt will be addressing businesses, schools, the Australian Fashion Forum and holding the following open sessions for the public, students, businesses and activists.

Brisbane, Sunday 23rd July, 3:00PM

Big Picture, Big Task - Ending Slavery

It is the world’s second largest fastest growing illegal crime and it touches us every day – through food we eat, clothes we wear and products we purchase. There is a global movement to end it.

Darnell Room, St John’s Cathedral,                                          411 Ann St, Brisbane

No registration necessary.Plenty of parking on site. Enquiries Dean Peter Catt. Phone 07 3835 2239. Email  

Sydney, Monday 24th July, 6:00pm 


Matt will address the big issues and actions needed to end slavery in our world today with an opportunity for relaxed interaction with activists and organisations engaged in this task.

The Freedom Hub,                                                                              283 Young St, Waterloo, NSW 2017.       

Registrations essential and includes nibbles and drinks.

Sydney, Tuesday 25th July,  5:30 - 7:00 pm

Ending the Business of Slavery

STOP THE TRAFFIK is partnering with Anti-Slavery Australia, ELEVATE, UTS Business and The Mekong Club

The seminar will feature a keynote address by Matt Friedman followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with academic, advocacy and business experts. The panel will address migrant labour trends and ethical supply chains, the Australian Inquiry into Slavery and pinpoint what every Australian business can do to take an ethical stand against human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Room 4K, Level 4, UTS Library (Cnr Quay St & Ultimo Rd, Haymarket NSW)

Melbourne, Friday 28th July, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

STOP THE TRAFFIK is partnering with ACRATH. Registrations essential for catering which includes nibbles and drinks.