Be Slavery Free is led by a coalition of civil society, community and other organisations working together to prevent, abolish and disrupt modern slavery in Australia and around the world.

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Be slavery free - Board

Ruth Dearnley has held senior leadership, advocacy and external affairs roles in INGOs, NFPs and business associations across the UK, Australia and southern Africa - specialising in labour exploitation, child protection, ethical consumerism, and international and community health. 

She is currently CEO of Birth for Humankind, a for-purpose provider of maternal health and social support services for women experiencing disadvantage during pregnancy and early parenting. She is also founder and Principal Consultant of the collaborative social change consultancy, Influence Global. 

With academic qualification in social anthropology, she is passionate about understanding how change happens. As a consultant and adviser she has built and implemented robust frameworks for measuring advocacy and influence, increasing public participation in social justice issues by helping organisations address the ‘values-action gap’, and improving organisational efficiency and effectiveness. 

She is a member of Melbourne Women’s Fund and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Click for LinkedIn profile

Toni Hassan is an author and Walkley Award-winning journalist. She brings experience in communications, project management and advocacy gained in different not-for-profit sectors from Indigenous community development to public health and social services.

She has worked as an advisor for two federal parliamentarians and is an emerging artist combining her social justice concerns with visual practice.

Toni is also an adjunct scholar at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University in Canberra, an ecumenical body which progresses wisdom for the common good.

She lives in Canberra with her three children and husband, Peter.

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Skye Kakoschke- Moore is a Director at Fair Supply, Australia's first law firm dedicated to partnering with companies to implement the transparency requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. 

 Skye served as a Senator for South Australia in the 45th Parliament where she was a passionate advocate for the advancement of human rights, the elimination of gender discrimination and the protection of children from sexual exploitation. She was introduced to the work of Be Slavery Free through her involvement in the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement's inquiry into Human Trafficking. Skye has also worked as a Special Adviser to the global NGO International Justice Mission where she provided strategic advice in relation to advocacy for the Modern Slavery Act. 

 After growing up in the Middle East, Skye moved to South Australia where she completed degrees in law and economics at Flinders University. Skye lives in Adelaide with her husband Simon and their beagle Grace.  

Skye is Be Slavery Free’s Company Secretary.

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Peter Loone loves what technology can do to change the world almost as much as what people can do to change it.  He started out as a Youth Minister in the Uniting Church before moving to Lao PDR for 7 years, where he helped setup the internet for the country and ran some tech companies along the way.  Since 2002 he has been working in government or with the government in Canberra to deliver better technology solutions, while trying to be a great Dad to two girls. 

He believes there is a solution to every problem, including modern slavery. Peter serves on the Board as Chief Technology Officer.

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Tim Lo Surdo is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour - Australia's first racial and economic justice organisation led by people of colour.

Previously, he was a Senior Organiser at United Voice where he helped low-paid workers start Hospo Voice - a new union in hospitality. He has led campaigns at Oaktree, been an adviser to two Senators, was the Campaigns Director at Jhatkaa, led national communications at UN Youth Australia, and co-founded Open Sky – one of India’s most well-known performance art communities. 

Tim is also on the Boards of Plan International Australia, the Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre, Climate for Change, and The Wilderness Society (Vic).

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As the Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union, Dr. Darian McBain is responsible for implementing change that will drive sustainability through the entire global seafood industry.

Since joining Thai Union in 2015, Darian has taken the company from a commodity focus to a wholistic ecosystem approach with a focus on oceans and people. Working within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Darian developed and has driven Thai Union’s sustainability strategy SeaChange® since its inception.

Darian holds a PhD in global supply chain analysis from the University of Sydney. Before joining Thai Union, she was Managing Director of the consultancy Blue Sky Green, Sustainable Development Executive for the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and worked for the UN as well as WWF. In 2018 she was named Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year as well as Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Leader of the Year. In 2019, Darian was honoured in the Vision category of the Seafood Champion Awards at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit. Also in 2019 she was also a recipient of Anti-Slavery Australia’s Freedom Award.

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Like many of the businesses he advises, Robert Shelton has expanded his role at DFK Everalls since starting at the firm in 1993. Rob had been fascinated by business practice and structures since his early days and saw accounting as a natural path to follow his passion. Now the Managing Director since 2008, Rob has focused on keeping DFK Everalls' core values intact and embracing change as the business grows and new clients continue to partner with the firm.

Everalls values diversity with more than 75% staff being female; and the team of 30 speaking 13 different languages from 8 different cultural and family heritages.

Robert is Be Slavery Free’s Treasurer and his qualifications and memberships in this area include:

  • Master of Taxation (UNSW)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (ANU)

  • Grad Dip Financial Planning

  • Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA)

  • Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA)

  • Grad Member Aust Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

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Be slavery free - Logo


The logo is drawn with one line which represents the one purpose for Be Slavery Free - to prevent, abolish and disrupt human trafficking and modern slavery. It also represents connectedness and strength through the simplicity of one line connecting people and creating the icon.


The one looping line represents 3 people. These people represent the partnership approach of Be Slavery Free with NGO’s, business and activists. Our vision, mission and focus are on people. People are trafficked from a community to a community. When we have resilient communities, who know what trafficking and slavery is, and what to do about it – it can be prevented. We believe if you want to go far - go together.


The red and orange are colours of warning and signal the need to end this crime. Red is also the colour of fire and love, it is associated with energy, strength, power and determination.  Orange is the colour of enthusiasm, creativity and optimism. In this spirit, we engage in our mission. 

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Statement by STOP THE TRAFFIK and STOP THE TRAFFIK in Australia (now Be Slavery Free)

Date: 1 July 2019

STOP THE TRAFFIK was founded in 2005 as a global coalition by Oasis UK and became an independent global charity 2007.

STOP THE TRAFFIK in Australia began in 2007 as a joint project between World Vision Australia and the Salvation Army, and became a legal entity in 2012.

Both organisations are legally independent.

STOP THE TRAFFIK in Australia and STOP THE TRAFFIK GLOBAL are committed to working in collaboration with others in order to ensure our vision of a world free from modern day slavery. However, both organisations acknowledge that since 2015 they have had different strategic priorities, whilst sharing the same values. In order to ensure maximum time, resources and supporter funding is spent on achieving the core mission of eradicating slavery, and to avoid understandable confusion between the operations of the two organisations, both organisations agree that the best way to do this is for each to operate completely independently of the other. 

 To recognise this, STOP THE TRAFFIK in Australia will, in due course, change its public brand. 

 Both organisations remain committed to achieving their shared vision and values and therefore remain open to collaboration with each other and the wider civil society movement.