IJM Australia welcomes NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner

30 June 2022

International Justice Mission (IJM) Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s appointment of Dr James Cockayne as the NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner to help combat the scourge of modern slavery.

IJM is a leading anti-slavery charity with frontline operations around the world. 

IJM Australia CEO, Steve Baird, said Dr Cockayne brings decades of experience to the new role and is a respected voice in the fight to tackle modern slavery.

“We are delighted by the appointment of Dr Cockayne,” Mr Baird said.

“Dr Cockayne has worked in a wide variety of government, private sector and international organisations with a specific focus on combatting modern slavery.

“He is a force for good, and we look forward to working closely with Dr Cockayne in this new position to help address modern slavery in NSW.”

Dr Cockayne is an international lawyer and Professor of Global Politics and Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham, and founded both Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, and the United Nations’ anti-slavery knowledge platform.

NSW is the first of the eight States and Territories to introduce standalone legislation to stop modern slavery, and the first to appoint an Anti-slavery Commissioner.

The Commissioner will have broad oversight of Government policies to address modern slavery, issue codes of practice and maintain a public register to identify government agencies who do not comply.

Importantly, the Commissioner will also help to identify and support victims of modern slavery – a core element of the work at IJM Australia.

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