Who we are

Walk Free is an international human rights group focussed on the eradication of modern slavery, in all its forms, in our lifetime.

Our international team, ranges from statisticians, criminologists, lawyers, and international development experts, working to create and agitate for mass systems change, to address the root causes of slavery.

Walk Free believes that a strong, multifaceted approach is needed to end modern slavery.

We are building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.

Through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement, and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs, and governments around the world, we work to address slavery and dismantle its core drivers.

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are subjected to the kafala system, a private migration sponsorship system in Gulf countries which exponentially increases the risk of labour exploitation, forced labour and trafficking.

Photo credit: Aline Deschamps/Stringer via Getty Images.

Walk Free was founded by Grace and Andrew Forrest in 2010. It is part of, and funded by, Minderoo Foundation, a modern philanthropic organisation working to arrest unfairness and create opportunities in Australia and around the world.

Our story.

Grace Forrest first visited Nepal as a student when she was 15, and returned a year later to live and work at a rehabilitation and rescue home for women and girls who been subjected to various forms of exploitation. Dismayed by what she had witnessed and the stories she had encountered, on her return she sat at her family’s kitchen table in Perth to discuss what the Forrests could do to alleviate, or play a role in ending, modern slavery. This kitchen table meeting led to the founding of Walk Free.

Not long after, Fortescue Metals Group, of which Andrew Forrest is Chairman, conducted a thorough audit of its supply chains. The company discovered that a contractor serving it and hundreds of other companies around the world used forced and bonded labour as a key part of its supply chains. Andrew determined to form a business-like global strategy to end modern slavery, and envisaged massive campaigns to emerge sequentially but rapidly embrace the entire world.

OUr team

Grace Forrest
Director and Co-Founder
Jacqueline Joudo Larsen
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Research
Katharine Bryant
Lead, European Engagement
Franca- Pellegrini
Franca Pellegrini
Lead, Global Freedom Network
Serena Grant
Business & Engagement Manager
Gabby Ashworth
Gabrielle Ashworth
Research and Policy Officer
Davina Durgana
Quantitative Research Manager
Elise Gordon
Senior Research Analyst
Charlotte Gwynn
Project Analyst
Lauren Jackson
Research and Policy Officer
Bernadette Joudo
Senior Research Analyst
Brittany Quy
Research and Policy Officer
Elly Williams
Research Analyst

It’s one thing to know about a terrible problem and not be able to fix it; it is another to know about the problem and have the means to do something about it.

– Andrew Forrest, Co-Founder of Walk Free